Birdapalooza
Birding Festival

January 18-21, 2018

Field Trip Details Coming Soon

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Below are 2017 Trips

 

Birdapalooza
Birding Festival

January 20-22, 2017

Field Trip Locations
and Possible Sightings

 

01/19/2017 : Thursday

Pre-festival
Keynote Speaker

 

Ken Meyer, Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI)

Helping Swallow-tailed Kites

Orange Audubon Society monthly program. Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803. Meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7:00 p.m. Free. See more on Ken Meyer under the Speakers and Leaders tab.

 

01/20/2017 : Friday

Trip 1

Sunrise Photography
and Birding –
Mostly driving, some walking

 

McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $30. includes lunch. Leaders: Scott Simmons  (Learn Outdoor Photography) and Lynn Marie Folts (Orange Audubon Society).    5:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  Lake Apopka has remarkable opportunities for sunrises (from northern locations like Clay Island) and sunsets (from Magnolia Park). Sunrise is at 7:18 a.m. on this date, so you will meet at the McDonald Canal Pavilion at 6:00 a.m. (suggest arriving 10 minutes early to form carpools). We will drive to the Clay Island Trailhead and then through normally-locked gates to an Overlook over beautiful Lake Apopka. Your trip leaders will provide both photo tips and bird identification tips at sunrise and throughout the morning. (See Trip 4 for possible sightings). The trip includes lunch, back at the McDonald Canal Pavilion, which will allow you to conveniently participate in an afternoon trip (Trip 5 starts from the same location and Trip 6 starts about 35 minutes away).

 

 

Trip 2

Sparrows, Buntings, and other Wintering Birds – Mostly walking

 

Ferndale Preserve, 19220 County Rd 455, Clermont, FL 34715. $20. Leaders: Gallus Quigley (Florida Ornithological Society) and Jerry Walker (Lake County Parks and Recreation).  7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Ferndale Preserve is a 192-acre Lake County Preserve on the western shore of Lake Apopka, just a few miles from Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida. The preserve has a mix of red maple-dominated wetlands, remnant oak hammocks, and other habitats in various stages in restoration. Over 190 bird species have been recorded. As many as 12 species of sparrow have been seen here including Le Conte’s and Clay-colored Sparrows. This trip can be taken in combination with afternoon Trip 5 or 6.  Lunch will be served at the McDonald Canal Pavilion, about 20 minutes from Ferndale Preserve. If you are taking afternoon Trip 6, it is about 45 minutes between Ferndale and Seminole State Forest in a very rural area without convenient places to buy food, and the McDonald Canal is basically on the way.

 

 

Trip 4

Birding Lake Apopka North Shore Mostly driving, some walking

 

All day, McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $50, includes lunch. Leaders: Greg Miller (Greg Miller Birding), Gian Basili (Florida Ornithological Society), Brook Rohman (Orange Audubon Society)  Lorne Malo ( Orange Audubon Society, morning only),  and David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson, morning only).  7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Regularly seen at this time of year are Sora, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Wood Stork, American Bittern, Sandhill Crane, Wood Duck, Mottled Duck, and Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Duck, along with most of North America’s wading bird species. The trip will traverse the canals and wetlands of the Lake Apopka North Shore and the lakeshore in search of ducks and possibly loons and grebes. Fulvous Whistling Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Wood Duck, and Mottled Duck can be seen throughout the year. Wintering in the area are Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, and a multitude of other species, including Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, and Lesser Scaup. Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon are also typically seen, along with Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Ovenbird. Possible sightings are Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, and Least Bittern. With such a large restoration area on the shore of Florida’s 4th largest lake, off-course rarities frequently show up. As many as 13 sparrow species have been seen, including rarities like LeConte’s and Clay-colored. Unique flycatcher species like Ash-throated, Western, Cassin’s, Tropical, Scissor-tailed, and Vermillion, as well as Say’s Phoebe and White-faced Ibis are out-of-range birds that have been repeatedly seen, and Groove-billed Anis were seen in 2015. Past rarities have also included Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Eurasian Kestrel, Wilson’s Phalarope, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Whooping Crane, White-cheeked Pintail, and Ross’ Goose. With skilled leaders and many eyes, we will be searching for what has turned up. The trip includes lunch, back at the McDonald Canal Pavilion. After this field trip work your way over to the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (approximately 35 minutes away) for a meet-and-greet, Keynote Speaker and dinner.

 

 

Trip 5

Raptors of the North Shore – Mostly driving, some walking

 

McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $20. Leaders: Bob Sanders (Orange Audubon Society), Lorne Malo (Florida Ornithological Society, and David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson).  12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The North Shore hosts many wintering and resident raptors (birds of prey), since it includes marshes and grasslands full of rodents and other prey items. In addition to Osprey and Bald Eagle, you are likely to see American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks. Other possible sightings may be Short-tailed and Broad-winged Hawks. Past rarities have included Krider’s Red-Tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Eurasian Kestrel, and Golden Eagle.  After this field trip, work your way over to the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (approximately 35 minutes away) for a meet-and-greet, Keynote Speaker Gian Basili and dinner.

 

 

Trip 6

Scrub-Jays and other Pineland Species Mostly walking

 

Seminole State Forest, south entrance, SR 46, just west of Wekiva River bridge, approximately 14 miles west of Sanford. $20. Leaders: Ralph Risch (Florida Division of Forestry) and Becki Smith (Orange Audubon Society)   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Florida Scrub-Jay is a Florida endemic, restricted to Florida’s ever decreasing sand pine scrub habitat. The 25,812-acre Seminole State Forest has the nearest relatively stable population of this friendly and charismatic bird. The State Forest also hosts Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkey, Eastern Towhee and pine land specialties such as Bachman’s Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. After everyone gets up close and personal with scrub-jays, the group will search for other species throughout the afternoon. After this field trip, work your way over to the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (approximately 35 minutes away) for a meet-and-greet, Keynote Speaker Gian Basili and dinner.

 

 

Keynote and Dinner

 

Gian Basili (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Lake Apopka Birding

Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, 2725 S. Binion Rd., Apopka, FL 32703 $20.  4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Meet and greet starts at 4:30 p.m. Caterer TBA. Vegetarian options available. See more on Gian Basili, an important person in birding the North Shore, under the Speakers and Leaders tab.

 

01/21/2017 : Saturday

Trip 7

Birding by Ear  Walking

 

Magnolia Park, 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka, to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail . $20. Leaders: Greg Miller (Greg Miller Birding), David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson), and Larry Martin (Orange Audubon Society)  7:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.   This walking field workshop will focus on recognizing birds by their sounds. Birds are not as vocal at this time as in breeding season, but there are still many vocalizations that can help with identification. To get a head start on distinguishing species, you might review a tape of Common Gallinule sounds, as these are our most vocal species. See possible sightings under Trip 4.  After this trip, check out the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza, right there adjacent to your trip starting place. There are food trucks where you can purchase lunch.

 

Sunrise Photo Shoot with Milton Heiberg   Walking

Magnolia Park, 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka, to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Free. Leader: Milton Heiberg (Tern Media)  7:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.   Walking tour.

 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza

Magnolia Park, 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka. Free.  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.   This is a family-oriented festival. Activities of greatest interest to birders will be the Sunrise photo shoot by Milton Heiberg at 7:30 a.m., bird banding demonstrations, and guided bus trips and nature hikes. There will be food trucks, music and other entertainment. On your own you can explore the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, just 2 miles north of Magnolia Park. Afterward work your way over to the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (just across the road from Magnolia Park) for a meet-and-greet, starting at 4:30 p.m. , and Keynote Speaker and dinner, starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Beginning Birding with the Simpsons  Walking

Magnolia Park, 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka and the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Free. Leaders: David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson), Dee Simpson (Space Coast Audubon Society) and Larry Martin (Orange Audubon Society).  2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  This afternoon walking field workshop will start with an orientation and then will look for birds along part of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail near Magnolia Park. Any of the species listed under Trip 4 might be seen. After this field trip work your way over to the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center for a meet-and-greet, starting at 4:30 p.m. , and Keynote Speaker and dinner, starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Keynote and Dinner

 

Greg Miller (Greg Miller Birding)

The BIg Year. University of Florida Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, 2725 S. Binion Rd., Apopka, FL 32703. $25.  4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.    Greg did a Big Year in 1998 at the same time as 2 other birders, leading to a cutthroat competition. A fascinating story-teller, Greg was advisor for the 2011 film The Big Year  and was played by Jack Black in the movie. See more about Greg under the Speakers and Leaders tab. Meet and greet starts at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be pizza and salad and starts at 6 p.m.

 

01/22/2017 : Sunday

Trip 8

Sunrise Photography and BirdingMostly driving, some walking

 

McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $30. includes lunch.  Leaders: Jack Rogers (Orange Audubon Society), Earl Horn (Florida Ornithological Society), and Lynn Marie Folts (Orange Audubon Society).  5:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  (See Trip 1 for more details). This trip can be taken in combination with Trip 11 (Wings Over Florida), which also meets at the McDonald Canal Pavilion. There are no convenient restaurants so a lunch is included with this trip.

 

 

Trip 10

Birding Lake Apopka North ShoreMostly driving, some walking

 

All day, McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $50, includes lunch. Leaders: Greg Miller (Greg Miller Birding), Gallus Quigley (Florida Ornithological Society), Lorne Malo (morning only) and Becki Smith (Orange Audubon Society)   7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.    See Trip 4 for possible sightings.

 

Trip 11

Wings Over Florida, Lake Apopka – Mostly driving, some walking

 

McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757. $20. Leaders: Lorne Malo (Orange Audubon Society) , David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson), and Brook Rohman (Orange Audubon Society).   1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.    This afternoon field trip from the McDonald Canal Pavilion into various North Shore locations is sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Great Florida Birding Trail. Wings Over Florida is FWC’s free bird (and butterfly) listing recognition program that provides attractive certificates for Florida life list and big year list achievements. You will be provided a print checklist and encouraged to fill it out and send in for your certificate and then work towards the next level. The Great Florida Birding Trail also has a Junior Birder Program, and families are encouraged to participate. For possible sightings on this trip, see Trip 4 Birding Lake Apopka North Shore.

 

Trips Canceled as of January 12th

 

Trip 3

Waterfowl ID Field Workshop Join one of the other trips, which will also see waterfowl

 

 

Trip 9

Bird Banding and Sandhill Specialties

 

Stop by the Bird Banding station at Birdapalooza Saturday (in the morning) to see bird banding.

 

 

 

 

Schedule

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