At the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza Birding Festival birders can add to their life lists at an amazing birding area, the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, where 360+ bird species have been recorded. Two full-day trips and nine half-day trips are offered this year, along with two dinners and keynotes, including by Greg Miller of The Big Year fame. Top Florida birder David Simpson joins Miller and local experts, including Lake County’s own Gallus Quigley, in leading the trips. Trips include a sparrow walk at Ferndale Preserve led by Gallus and Jerry Walker, two sunrise photo trips that will allow you to drive to the Clay Island overlook prior to sun rise, waterfowl and raptor ID, scrub-jays at Seminole State Forest, birding by ear, bird banding and more. For details and to register, see http://www.orangeaudubonfl.org/birdapalooza. All proceeds are donations to Orange Audubon Society toward its efforts to build a nature center on the Lake Apopka North Shore.
On Saturday January 21st participate in the 5th annual Free family-oriented Birdapalooza festival with bird banding, guided bus tours, nature walks, including kids walks, owl-pellet dissection, kids fishing instruction which includes a free fishing pole for early arrivals, air boat rides (first-come first-served for a fee), nature-oriented vendors and exhibits, music, and food trucks. For more, see www.birdapalooza.com or find us on Facebook. If you have any questions, contact Deborah Green at email@example.com or 407-637-2525.