Friday, January 11, 2013

Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

Celebrate spring migration with a visit to an inaugural event – the Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, scheduled for March 22 – 24.

Watching Burrowing Owls by Pam Murfey

Formerly known as the Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival, held annually at Chinsegut Conservation Center in Hernando County, the newly expanded festival will include programs, activities and tours to several Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Florida Scrub-Jay by Andy Wraithmell

Expert naturalists will lead field trips to areas such as Crews Lake Wilderness Park, Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, Fort Cooper State Park and Withlacoochee State Forest. Boost your wildlife lists with glimpses of Florida Scrub-Jays, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Burrowing Owls, Bachman’s Sparrows, Gopher Tortoises, Fox Squirrels, butterflies and other wildlife.

Variegated Meadowhawk by Katie Macmillen

Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Audubon Florida, Citrus County Tourism Development Council, Hernando County Tourism Bureau and Pasco County Tourism Development Council, this tri-county event also promises a variety of exhibits, demonstrators, vendors and other educational opportunities perfect for the whole family.

The festival has great opportunities for families by Pam Murfey

 The following field trips are being offered at the Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

  • Ridge Specialties Tour - Florida Scrub-Jays, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Limpkin, Burrowing Owl.
  • Wildlife Photography at Fort Cooper State Park
  • Winged Wonders Over Pasco County - butterfly tour
  • Winged Wonders of Chinsegut WEA - butterfly tour
  • Withlacoochee River Cruise - Limpkin, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, American Alligator
  • Birding 101 at Chinsegut WEA - beginning birding program
  • Sandhill Cranes in Pasco County - Florida Sandhill Cranes, American Kestrel, Fox Squirrel
  • Crews Lake Wilderness Park -beginning birding program
  • Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Citrus County - Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Florida Breeding Bird Atals II - Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrow
  • Burrowing Owls - owls plus American Kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark, sparrows
  • Bluebirds at Ahhochee Hill - bluebird program
For more information on each of these field trips visit the festival field trip page

Southeastern American Kestrel by Jack Rogers

To register for one or more of these exciting field trips visit the festival registration page

On Friday March 22nd renowned wildlife photographer Reinier Munguia will present a keynote presentation on Biodiversity.

Eastern Bluebirds by Judy Lyle
 On Saturday March 23rd Chinsegut Conservation Center will host a special Bat and Owl Program.

Sandhill Cranes at Jumping Gully Preserve in Pasco County by Katie Macmillen

For festival updates, news, beautiful pictures and more like the Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival's Facebook page.

baby Gopher Tortoise by Katie Macmillen

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