Come and enjoy the Orlando Wetlands Festival on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9am-3pm at Fort Christmas Park.
The Orlando Wetlands Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the Orlando Wetlands Park, the City’s 1,650 acre wetland oasis. The event is sponsored by: City of Orlando, Orange Audubon Society, and Orange County Parks and Recreation.
On February 21, 2014, come and experience this unique wetland treatment system with the entire family. Event co-sponsor, Orange Audubon Society, will lead guided bird-watching excursions. The Florida Native Plant Society will lead native plant identification hikes; while, the Florida Trail Association will be providing wilderness hikes. Guided photo hikes will also be available and led by professional nature and wildlife photographers.
For those who like to sit and ride, guided bus tours will travel along the wetland berms, giving riders a chance to experience firsthand, Florida’s wild wetlands. Hay rides will also give riders a chance to relax and take in the scenery.
In addition to the numerous guided tours, there will be bird-banding and mist-netting demonstrations, as well as live music by Homer Stiles and magical comedy provided by Brian Staron.
Featured in the various wildlife shows, many different live animals will be present such as alligators, snakes, birds and many others. Also, the City’s Families, Parks and Recreation Department will be giving away free backyard trees in celebration of Arbor Day. There will be many interactive children’s activities (like Out-On-A-Limb kids tree climbing), bounce houses and much more!
So bring the whole family and invite your friends and neighbors to this fun, free educational festival. Bring your cameras, and prepare for an adventure in the wilderness.
Please leave your pets at home; there are wild animals. Food will be available for purchase. Free admission and free door prizes!
For more information: call Orlando Wetlands Park 407.568.1706.
Event Website: cityoforlando.net/wetlands
Directions: To get to the Park, take S.R. 50 to Christmas, Florida. Turn north onto 420, Ft. Christmas Rd. Continue north 1.8 miles. Fort Christmas Park will be on your left. Free parking will be located on your right across from Fort Christmas Park. The address is 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, Christmas, FL 32709.
The The 13th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is scheduled for 5-7 June 2015, at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, New York.
The event will feature field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, and workshops. Field trips include: two all-day birding trips on Friday (Birding Across the Adirondacks and Birding the St. Lawrence Valley), plus a selection of half-day field trips on Saturday and Sunday (Bloomingdale Bog, Whiteface Mountain, Intervale Lowlands, Madawaska Flow, Birding by Ear at the VIC, Beginner Birder Workshop at the VIC, and Heaven Hill Farm/John Brown Homestead).
The keynote speaker is Chris Rimmer, conservation biologist and founding director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. He will speak on the conservation of the Bicknell’s Thrush, drawing on the findings of twenty years of research. Some of the boreal species that participants in the birding festival hope to find include the Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, Bicknell’s Thrush and a variety of migrating warblers, including the Golden-winged Warbler.
The 3,000-acre Paul Smiths VIC contains every habitat type found in the Adirondack Park with the exception of alpine vegetation. Included on the property is a 60-acre marsh, five ponds, several brooks and swamps, bogs, fens, and varied forest types, most notably northern boreal forest. The site includes significant glacial and geological features and provides scenic vistas of Saint Regis Mountain and Jenkins Mountain. The VIC property includes over 25 miles of trails, including 6 miles of interpretive trails.
For more information: http://www.gabc.info
Date: 5-7 June 2014
Venue: Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center
City: New York