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January

January 17-21, 2019
EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL

      Become One with the River of Grass. Search South Florida hot spots for target species such as Snail Kite, Limpkin, Painted Bunting and up to 170 species in the Everglades, Corkscrew, STA 5, South Miami, Upper Keys, Palm Beach & Dade wetlands and more. A focus on learning advanced birding skills with daily mini-workshops, and handouts that are applied directly in the field on full day field trips. Top Guides and small groups increase birding experience. Also Keynotes Richard Crossley, Paddy Cunningham, dinners, lunches and photography tract. TOP Florida Guides: Paddy Cunningham, Jim Eager, David Simpson.
      This festival specializes in full day field trips, daily field workshop, speakers, special dinners and birding fun. Focus will be on gaining advanced birding skills in a non-intimidating environment. For more information view www.evergladesbirdingfestival.com/, our Facebook page. Contact Paddy Cunningham at birdpaddy@yahoo.com or 754-201-1141.

January 18-21, 2018, Mount Dora
LAKE APOPKA BIRDING FESTIVAL

      This festival is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list at an amazing birding area, the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore. Four full-day trips and 16 half-day trips led by well-known local birding guides are offered, along with two dinners and keynotes. Join us on the North Shore of Lake Apopka for great birding!
      Visit our Website and LIKE our Facebook page. For more information call Deborah Green at 407-637-2525, festival@orangeaudubonfl.org.

Jan. 19 & 20, 2018, Lehigh Acres (eastern Lee County)
SIXTH ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER FESTIVAL

      Wings Over Water Festival (WOW) was created by Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LA-MSID) to help the public discover the beauty of southwest Florida's water, land and wildlife. Discover the beauty of southwest Florida's water, land and wildlife. Enjoy a guided nature walk on Friday. Or an array of activities on Saturday including a farmer's market, native plant sale, kid's activities, educational exhibits; and presentations from experts. Admission is free. More information is at Wings Over Water Festival — (239) 368-0044 x 17.
      Getting there: From Lee Blvd. head north on Sunshine Blvd., turn left on Olive Ave. N. and then turn left on 38th St. W.; and continue to Harns Marsh.

January 24 - 29, 2018, Titusville
SPACE COAST BIRDING & WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

      Eastern Florida State College (formerly BCC) - Titusville, Florida
      The Brevard Nature Alliance is proud to assemble a prestigious group of locally, nationally and internationally recognized scientists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, naturalists, artists and authors. Additionally, the Brevard Nature Alliance is fortunate to continue relationships with the many sponsors, partners and volunteers who support the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. Lastly, we could not present this premier event without the variety of bird species that come to us via the Atlantic Flyway and the plethora of wildlife and plants that make their home on Florida's Space Coast.
      21st year in Titusville and the Space Coast. More than 200 activities, led by leading authorities. Considered by many to be the #1 wildlife festival in America. www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org

January 27 & 28, 2018, Orange City
33rd ANNUAL ORANGE CITY/BLUE SPRING MANATEE FESTIVAL

      9:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Valentine Park, 1511 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763. This family festival features vendors, food, entertainment and manatee tours. Blue Spring State Park is Florida's most significant warm water refuge for the endangered manatee. A two-day environmental festival in Orange City, it features educational exhibits on endangered wildlife, children's rides & games, food, crafts, craft show and free rides to see the manatees. Admission: $8.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 4-10, 3 and under are FREE, Dogs - $10. Free Shuttle Bus To Blue Spring State Park To See The Manatees! Info: (352) 795-3149. www.themanateefestival.com/ — Jeff Allebach 386-804-6171, Info@themanateefestival.com.

February

February 3, 2018, DELTONA
FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY FESTIVAL

Lyonia Preserve, 2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL 32725 -- 8:00am - 5:000pm -- FREE family event.
      The festival will include guided nature walks, swamp buggy rides, kids' activities, music, a keynote presentation, hay rides and Q&A with a panel of experts. See you there!
      The Florida scrub-jay is the only bird species unique to Florida! Learn some fascinating characteristics of the Florida scrub-jay and their interesting habitat.
      See the park's Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Florida-Scrub-Jay-Festival-202933953050197/

February 3, 2018, St. Petersburg
RAPTOR FEST

10:00am - 4:00pm — Celebrate birds of prey at the fourth annual Raptor Fest at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.
      Live raptors and amazing free flight demonstrations are the highlight of this one-day festival. Food, live music, exhibits, crafts, presentations, and more! Free Admission! Free tram tours, Photo ops with live birds, Environmental exhibitors, Activities for children and families, Bird walks. Food and drinks available for purchase.
      For more information, please visit Raptorfest.org or contact Boyd Hill Nature Preserve at 727-893-7326, 1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

February 3 & 4, 2018, DELTONA
MANATEE LAGOON'S MANATEE FEST

Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Manatee Lagoon ‒ An FPL Eco-Discovery Center™ will celebrate its second anniversary with its first-ever Manatee Lagoon's ManateeFest 2018, featuring a line-up of fun family events over the Feb. 3-4 weekend.
      Ongoing all day---face painting, marine life coloring station, seaside sidewalk chalk activity, sealife puzzle station, ManateeFest passport activity, photo experience (featuring Mia the Manatee Mascot at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and SEASonal selfie station, and a book signing with the author of "Kobee Manatee" series of children's publications.
      Exhibits include: Sea to Shore Alliance interactive H20 bus, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manatee rescue truck, Florida Fishing Academy mobile exhibit, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Save the Manatee Club
      See the event's facebook page for more information: Event Facebook page.

February 10, 2018, Port St. Joe
ST. JOSEPH BAY & BUFFER PRESERVE WINTER BAY DAY

      Join us on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 for our popular Winter Bay Day! There will be lots to see and lots to do. Best of all, the Low Country Shrimp Boil will be delicious - as always! Meet you on the deck at the Visitors Center!
      Tour the Preserves: Enjoy a guided tour through the backwoods trails of the Buffer Preserves and learn about the native animals and plant life along the bay.
      All Proceeds to Benefit Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves (501.c.3 Non profit organization)
St. Joseph Bay Preserves Center, 3915 Hwy 30-A (Approximately 5 miles south of Port St. Joe). Call (850) 229-1787 or visit www.stjosephbaypreserves.org for more information.

February 9 - 11, 2018, Palm Coast
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FEST

      Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL 32137
      With more than 125 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, miles of coastline, varied habitats and more than 200 identified species, Flagler County is a birder's paradise. Few places offer as many wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature while being so connected, accessible and clean. An entire weekend is devoted to teaching participants about birds, with workshops, presentations and nature walks designed for adults and youths, both amateur and professional.
      CLICK HERE to register for this exciting event.

February 115, 2020 , Christmas
ORLANDO WETLANDS FESTIVAL

The next Wetlands Festival will be Saturday, February 15, 2020
      9:00am - 3:00pm -- The Wetlands is a 1,650 acre world renowned example of Wetlands Engineering providing an oasis for flora, fauna, and feathered friends.
      The festival originates at Ft. Christmas Park in Christmas, Florida. It features include birdwatching tours, photo shoots, bicycle tours, native plant walks, bird banding and mist-netting demonstrations, wildlife shows, live music, and bus tours will travel along the wetland berms. Contact Mark Sees, (407) 568-1706. Website.

February 24, 2018, Cape Coral
S.W. FLORIDA 13th ANNUAL BURROWING OWL FESTIVAL

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral FL 33914
      Cape Coral FL is home to the largest known population of the Florida BURROWING OWL with over 2500 documented burrows. These pint sized birds burrow underground where they nest from late February through July and are now the official city bird of Cape Coral.
      Highlights of the festival are lectures about the Burrowing Owl and other nature orientated topics, nature hikes to observe the varied habitats and wildlife at Rotary Park, guided bus tours to observe the Burrowing Owl habitats, as well as dozens of local artists showing and selling nature related arts and crafts. Various guest speakers will be on hand to give informative talks on various wildlife topics. One of the highlights of the festival is the newly dedicated interactive butterfly tent exhibit. This exhibit was dedicated to Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife member Tom Allen, who passed away in 2010 and was the driving force in getting this butterfly exhibit built and stocked.
      Admission is suggested donation of $5 for ages over 16.
      For directions or information call Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife at 239-980-2593 or visit www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org. Co-sponsored by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife & the City of Cape Coral.

March

MARCH 3, 2018, Sebastian
26TH ANNUAL PELICAN ISLAND WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

10:00am - 4:00pm, Riverview Park -- 600 US Highway 1, Sebastian, Florida.
      Benefiting the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge: The 115th anniversary of the "1st refuge in the nation."
      Live Wildlife Shows, Bird Tours, Kayaking available, Refuge Tours, Environmental Exhibits, Food Vendors, Boat Tours to Pelican Island, Amateur Photo Contest, Kids' Educational Activities by Disney's Vero Beach Resort, T. Roosevelt impersonator, Arts & Crafts Exhibits, Historical Reenactments, Live DJ All Day, & More Family Fun.
      The event is free with free parking. Boat Tours are $20/person (free under 3 years of age), and food and drink will be for sale, as well as environmental themed crafts and art.
      Call 772-202-0697, www.firstrefuge.org.

March 10-17 2018, Florida Keys
2ND ANNUAL FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES OUTDOOR FEST

      The annual Outdoor Fest was created to remind people of the incredible natural resources we have available here in the Keys and encourage them to get outside while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the refuges—home to some of the world's most endangered habitats, plants, and wildlife species, including the endangered Key Deer.
      This year's fest kicks off in Key Largo at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge with a Saturday wildlife fair and nature-oriented field trips and presentations, progressing to the Lower Keys events later in the week, allowing those interested the option of enjoying all of the events offered.
      The Outdoor Fest is brought to you in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information about the refuges, FAVOR, and the list of events, visit www.favorfloridakeys.org/outdoor-fest or contact Kristie Killam at 305.304.9625 or e-mail Nancy or Jan at flkeysoutdoorfest@gmail.com.

April

April 21 - 24 2017, Marianna
CHIPOLA FEATHER FEST II

      Come join us for a 4-day celebration of birds and wildlife in the beautiful Florida Panhandle, home to the world's largest population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The Chipola Feather Fest will provide you with the opportunity to see this iconic species plus many other sought after birds such as Bachman's Sparrow, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Swainson's Warbler, Least Bittern, Snowy Plover, and Purple Gallinule.       For more information and/or to register for this exciting event please visit the Festival FACEBOOK page.

April, 2017 - Titusville
EARTH DAY FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST

      Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary. 10:00am - 3:00pm. Guided walks, music, stories, games, displays, exhibits by many nature and conservation organizations. www.nbbd.com/godo/ef/earthday/

April 15, 2017, Wakulla Springs
WAKULLA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

      The Wakulla Wildlife festival is a celebration of the area's wildlife and is intended to be especially inviting for children and the child in everyone. Local music, a Student Art Show (Aspiring Artists), children's activities, outdoor and wildlife exhibitors, and wildlife tours in a neighborhood family atmosphere make the festival an area favorite. The festival is held the third Saturday in April each year.
      Please visit www.wakullawildlifefestival.com/ for more information.

April 24-28, 2019, St. Augustine, FL
FLORIDA'S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST

      We are once again spreading our wings to present a world-class birding and outdoor photography event.
      The Festival features more new world-renowned photographers, more new rare birding opportunities, and even more new in-field programs and technical training opportunities than previous events.
      Equally as impressive is the confirmed return of perhaps the greatest collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers in the world — a collection which continues to solidify Florida's Birding & Photo Fest as one of the premier and prized events in all of North America. And of course the community of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & all of Florida's Historic Coast is welcoming bird lovers and photography aficionados with all the gracious, friendly hospitality one would expect from the Nation's Oldest City and Florida's most world-class destination.
      So without further ado, we welcome you to this Birding & Photo Fest—an event which glorifies the love we have for birds, nature, phtography and Florida's unique offering of the great outdoors. It will be yet another auspicious St. Augustine event which is destined to go down in History.
      For more information go to the Festival website at www.floridasbirdingandphotofest.com. This year's event will be held at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, located at 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (904) 823-4500. (Just 10 miles north of downtown St. Augustine).

May

May 20 & 21, 2017 - Amelia Island
WILD AMELIA NATURE FESTIVAL

      This exciting 3-day festival of our bioregion around Amelia Island, includes numerous nature tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, nature photography workshops taught by local professionals, a nature-based / green business expo, The 'Kids Niche' nature-based activities for children, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo and more! This year's Wild Nites seminar schedule is complete.
      www.wildamelia.com
      For questions, contact Jody Hetchka 904-251-0016 (days).

June

June 8 & 9, 2018, Titusville
8th ANNUAL TITUSVILLE SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL

      Sponsored by: The Downtown Titusville Merchants Association, the City of Titusville & Canaveral National Seashore: 321-403-9334.

Featuring: Turtle Watch Programs each evening. Rangers will provide a unique opportunity to view a loggerhead sea turtle laying her eggs.

Friday: Volunteer Beach Cleanup, Titusville Merchant's Sidewalk Sale, Sea Turtle lecture, Art Social and Music.

Saturday: Junior Ranger Program. Downtown Festival where booths, games, food and fun are just waiting for you.
Visit the website for details.

September

October 20, 2018, Umatilla
FLORIDA BLACK BEAR and Wildlife Conservation FESTIVAL

9:am - 4:pm -- Cadwell Park located at 4 Cassady St. in Umatilla.
      The purpose of the Florida Wildlife Festival is to increase awareness and promote the safe coexistence of humans and wildlife by fostering community appreciation of the Florida black bear and other native wildlife species, as well as Florida's unique ecosystems that serve as wildlife habitat.
      The purpose of the Florida Black Bear and Wildlife Conservation Festival is to increase awareness and promote the safe coexistence of humans and wildlife by fostering community appreciation of the Florida black bear and other native wildlife species, as well as Florida's unique ecosystems that serve as wildlife habitat.
      Learn about the Florida Black Bear and the importance of protecting Florida's natural habitats. Activities include field trips to the Ocala National Forest, presentations on Florida bears and other wildlife and a "Florida Authors Corner." Other activities include a kid's pavilion, food, arts & crafts, a teddy bear repair clinic, live music, a Florida Black Bear maze and educational exhibits. Field trips start at 9:30AM with the last one at 2:00PM. Contact 407-323-1298, Festival WebsiteFacebook

September 27-30, 2018, MARATHON
BIRDING FESTIVAL OF THE KEYS

      Fall migration is THE time to be in the Florida Keys. Hawks are streaming south, migrating songbirds are filling the trees and Keys specialties can be found. Gain advanced skills and life birds to your list. Join Florida's TOP GUIDES and BIOLOGISTS in this exciting weekend of birding, learning and fun.
      All Day Van Trips, Workshop Field Trips, Birding & Nature Hikes, Evening Programs & Opening Reception. Pelagic Boat Trips, Sunset Tour, Kayak Tours.
      2017 Guides include: Paddy Cunningham, Paul Bithorn, David Simpson, Elsa Alvear, Gina Kent and Dr. Jon Meyers, Roberto Torres, or "Capt. Toe," & Trevor Watts.
      Contact Paddy Cunningham, South Florida Birding Festivals. www.birdingfestivalofthekeys.com. Phone: 754-201-1141 or 954-805-6810. eMail: birdpaddy@yahoo.com

October

October 5 - 8, 2017, Coral Gables
BIRD FESTIVAL AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN

      Whether you are an experienced birder or just want to get in on the action as a beginner, the 7th Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild is for you.
      Learn to identify birds, about birding hotspots, and the rich avifauna found right here in the Garden. Vendors and expert advice will be on hand to help you become an expert birder as well as to help you make your own yard into a bird and wildlife paradise.
      Lectures by expert naturalists, conservationists and birders, food, entertainment, guided bird watching both in the Garden and elsewhere--as the event nears, check back for a full itinerary of each day's events.
      For more information please visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Bird Festival Page. Contact: Vanessa Cook Email: vcook@fairchildgarden.org, phone 305-667-1651 ext. 3377, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL 33156.

October 11-14, 2018, Tampa Bay Area
FLORIDA BIRDING AND NATURE FESTIVAL

      For birders, butterfly enthusiasts, and nature lovers, the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, scheduled for October 13-16, will offer a variety of talks, field trips, and nature-product booths topped off by key note speakers David Johnson, Director of the Global Owl Project speaking about Owls of the World and Carlton Ward, Jr., renowned nature photographer talking about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Project.
      The Festival is hosted by Hillsborough Community College, South Shore in Ruskin, a gold-ranked LEED Certified campus, the seven local Audubon chapters, the Suncoast Native Plant Society, and Hillsborough County. Field trip leaders include Florida's top birders and naturalists who will take participants to the best local sites for discovering a wide and varied spectrum of wildlife, habitats, and plant life.
      Contact: Melanie Higgins, melanie@questecology.com, 813.625-1271, Website: http://floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org/

October 12-14, 2018, Sanibel Island
"DING" DARLING DAYS

      Mark your calendars for this year's "Ding" Darling Days birding and eco-festival at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.
      "Ding" Darling Days' Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 14, culminates a weekend of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and other family activities. Birding, boating, tram, paddleboarding, and kayaking activities fill the weekend.
      The 30th annual celebration begins on Friday, October 12 with Get Outside Day and continues on Saturday, October 20, with Conservation Art Day, where Federal Duck Stamp Winners, other artists, cartooning, and a Refuge photography tram tour will highlight a day devoted to Jay Norwood Darling's legacy as the first duck stamp artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
      Free and discounted birding, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, sea-life boating tours, and interpretive presentations will fill the time.
      The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge's recreation concession, cosponsor "Ding" Darling Days with generous support from the local community and businesses.
      Visit www.dingdarlingdays.com for updates on events, information on sponsoring "Ding" Days, or to sign up for e-mail update bulletins. or contact Birgie Miller at 239-292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

October 12-14, 2018, Eustis, Florida
FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT AND FLOWERS

      For three days, this festival will provide visitors and local residents access to professionals and experts that specialize in native plants, outdoor recreation, wildflowers, bird and butterfly watching, and much more.
      During the weekend of October 12-14, 2018, while focusing on the need to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, the Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society will be energizing and engaging all generations, by bringing more awareness of Real Florida to Lake County through the Festival of Flight and Flowers.
      Fall provides perfect weather for hiking, bird watching and enjoying nature. The Festival of Flight and Flowers has put together a wonderful choice of immersive guided field trips and hikes that are a well-paced mix of walks for all levels of fitness, including children, beginners and advanced nature lovers.
      October 12, 2018, several guided immersive field trips and hikes to choose from, being led by biologists and nature experts.
      October 13, 2018, a free family friendly festival in downtown Eustis from 10am-3pm...featuring nature speakers and programs, along with artists, photographers and crafters displaying and offering their works for sale. Plus food and entertainment. There are also more field trips and hikes.
      October 14, 2018, more immersive field trips and hikes to choose from.
The festival on Saturday is a free family event, while the field trips and hikes each have a nominal fee. We look forward to your participation. or more information, please contact us at festivalofflightandflowers@gmail.com or visit our website https://festivalofflightandflowers.org/.

October, 2018, Vero Beach
INDIAN RIVER BIRDING FESTIVAL & NATURE ART SHOW

      Pelican Island Preservation Society partnering with the Pelican Island Audubon Society.
      Juried Art Show opens Friday 5-8pm at the ELC location at 255 Live Oak in Vero Beach.
      Birding Tours that evening with a lecture
      Saturday opens with birding tours at 6am Art Show at 9am-5pm
      Sunday opens with birding tour at 7am Art Show at 10am-4pm
      For more information see website. To enter the Art Show email debbieainvero@gmail.com. All forms of art accepted.

November

November ?, 2018 - Titusville
Forest Festival

10:00am to 3:00pm -- Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary.
      The activities will include Florida wildlife presentations, live music, guided hikes, environmental exhibitors, native plants for sale by the Florida Native Plant Society and more. There will also be children's activities, and face painting. Food will be available for purchase. This is a free event for all ages.
www.nbbd.com/godo/ef/events/

November 3, 2018, Naples
Florida Panther Festival

      Make plans to join us for this family-friendly event to celebrate our local wildlife including the endangered Florida panther. Along with all regular zoo activities, you'll enjoy outdoor exhibits by area conservation partners, fun activities for kids, guided nature walks on the Gordon River Greenway, and practical talks about living with wildlife presented by experts.
      Free Admission for Collier Residents: November 5 is a Naples Zoo Free Saturday for Collier County residents. Just bring a driver's license with a Collier County address or other proof of residency. http://www.floridapantherfestival.comCLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK PAGE.

November 18, 2017, Charlotte Harbor
Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival

10:00am - 3:00pm — Charlotte County Sports Complex, 2300 El Jobean Rd. (SR 776), Port Charlotte, FL.
      The Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a regional family-friendly celebration where people can learn about topics affecting the natural environment of southwest Florida. This is accomplished through a wide variety of activities for both adults and children, which include guided walks in Tippecanoe Environmental Park, hands-on activities, exhibits and vendors, music, a Children's Discovery Zone and more. A committee of volunteers, who represent a diverse group of organizations, is dedicated to making this Festival exciting and informative. Admission and parking are both free.
      Contact is Maran Hilgendorf with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, tel: 941/575-3374 and email: maran@chnep.org. The Web site is: website.

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