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*Everglades Birdfest*
Everglades National Park
January, three day event
Participants meet at the festival site and are transported to locations in the Everglades and to hot spots in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. There are guided walks and tours, speakers, and optional guided and unguided activities. Advance registration is required. The Everglades Birdfest site includes a bird list of species spotted during previous festivals, information about past and upcoming fests, detailed schedules and online registration. Sponsored by the Broward County Audubon Society.
*Festival of Birds*
Rookery Bay, Naples
January, three day event
Dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center at the the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Local partners offer field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours. Registration required for some activities. Check out Festival of Birds for details. (Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, now with a new emphasis on birds.)
*Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival*
January, six day event
Exhibit area (artists, crafters, businesses, and organizations), field trips, boat tours, workshops, seminars, and special activities for kids. Many activities are free. The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival site includes detailed information and has checklists of birds seen during previous festival field trips.
*Birds of a Feather Fest*
City of Palm Coast
February, three day event
Birding, workshops, presentations, kayak trips and family activities. Geared for serious birders as well as beginners, paved trails are accessible to children and those with disabilities. Offering numerous birding classes and trips to such outstanding birding spots as Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Princess Place Preserve. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Birds of a Feather Fest.
*Burrowing Owl Festival*
Cape Coral
February, one day event

Celebrating the the start of the Burrowing Owl nesting season and Cape Coral's wildlife. Tours, educational exhibits, presentations, activities for children, and artisans. Sponsored by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife.
*Orlando Wetlands Festival*
February, one day event
Wildlife shows, exhibits, guided bus tours and hikes, and events for kids at Fort Christmas Historical Park. For the full schedule, visit Orlando Wetlands Festival.
*Pelican Island Wildlife Festival*
March, one day event
The birthday celebration for Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System includes boat tours to Pelican Island, an amateur photography contest, wildlife shows, arts and crafts, presentations, raffles and silent auctions, vendors, and activities for kids. Most are free. For more information, please visit Pelican Island Wildlife Festival.
*Wakulla Wildlife Festival*
Wakulla Springs
April, one day event
Guided wildlife tours, birds of prey and reptile shows, student art show, and crafts and educational activities for kids at Wakulla Springs State Park. For more information, visit Wakulla Wildlife Festival.
*Florida's Birding & Photo Fest*
St. Augustine
April, five day event
Field trips (walking, kayaking, and boat) and photography workshops with professional nature and wildlife photographers, exhibits, vendors, and photography contest. For more information, visit Florida's Birding & Photo Fest.
*Florida Birding & Nature Festival*
October, three day event
Featuring field trips (carpool or drive self), seminars, a nature expo, and keynote speakers. Registration is required for all but expo. Visit Florida Birding & Nature Festival for details and updates as field trips and speakers for this year's festival are confirmed.
*Bird Fest at Fairchild*
Coral Gables
October, four day event
Field trips to south Florida habitats lead by the Tropical Audobon Society, bird walks, presentations, and educational activies for the whole family. Visit Bird Fest at Fairchild for more information.
*"Ding" Darling Days*
Sanibel Island
October, three day event
Free birding and refuge tram tours, wildlife shows, classes, photography contest, activities for kids, and cruises at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit "Ding" Darling Days.
*North Shore Birding Festival*
Mount Dora and Apopka
December, five days
Features exploration of the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, with birding and photography tours led by veteran guides, plus keynotes with dinners. Affordable trip prices and no additional registration fee. Visit North Shore Birding Festival for general festival specifics and see latest updates on the festival Facebook page. All proceeds support Orange Audubon Society's nature education center fund.
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