Everglades Birding Festival
2018 Festival details below. Expect something similar in 2019.
REGISTRATION - 6:15-6:30 a.m .- ($30-required)
Pick up your name tag, field trip workshop materials and goody bags. Registration covers opening reception, reception dinner, daily morning mini-workshops, birding education handout materials, ALL evening programs (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), water and field trip snacks. Without preregistration, field trip availability is based on a first come, first serve basis. We will try to accommodate your choice but it is not guaranteed.
Birding mini-workshop - 6:30-6:50 a.m. - Behavior & Silhouette
WATERFOWL, BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY
with Richard Crossley
Stormwater Treatment Area 5 - ($175)
Do you like photographing the birds you see? Famous Photographer Richard Crossley and author of The Crossley I.D. Guides will conduct this birding and photo field trip. His new field guide is on waterfowl and STA 5 is the best place to see them. Richard's style of photography has created a new type of field guide which has dramatically changed how birders identify birds. He photographs birds in flight, on perches, in flocks, floating on the water and every other way you can see a bird in the field.
LEARN FROM THE BEST.
STORM WATER TREATMENT AREA 5 & CENTRAL PRAIRIES - 7:00a.m.-5:30 p.m. - ($90)
Stormwater Treament Area 5 has been named one of the top 100 birding hot spots in the U.S. It is not an overestimate to say you can see 30 to 40,000 birds in the impoundments. It is Everglades Restoration at its best. We will be targeting Snail, Kite, American Bittern, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Peregrine Falcon, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous whistling duck, up to 10 species of wintering ducks. Chance for Painted Bunting, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Western Kingbird on Deer Fence Road. Along the way we will travel through the Miccosukee Indian Reservation central prairies to see Wild Turkey, Crested Caracara and Sandhill Crane. Cost-($90) Field trip includes van transportation, yummy lunch, bottle water, and snacks.
Target Birds: Snail, Kite, American Bittern, Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Peregrine Falcon, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous & Black-bellied whistling duck, Painted Bunting, and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Wild Turkey, Crested Caracara, Sandhill Crane, Savannah, Swamp and Grasshopper Sparrow.
SOUTH DADE EXOTICS & TROPICAL FORESTS - 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - ($90)
South Dade is home to some of the most sought after birds in the U.S.-Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole, and White-crowned Pigeon. Matheson Hammock can provides an opportunity for a variety of Parakeets, Parrots, Hill Myna and even Blue-and-yellow Macaw. This trip will involve searching many areas in South Miami for a variety of exotic birds and more. Cost-($90). 8 Required min. Field trip includes van transportation, yummy lunch, bottle water, and snacks.
Target Birds - Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole, White-crowned Pigeon, White winged Parakeets, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Red-masked Parakeet, Hill Myna, Common Myna, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, and a variety of wintering songbirds. http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/matheson-hammock.asp
QUICK DINNER - ($10) - Entrée, Salad, Desert and Beverage/Wine
EVENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER - 7:00 p.m. in meeting room