Archive for nature festivals and events

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Gosh, I almost missed this festival because it’s typically in the fall. But this year, the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival takes place in just a few weeks, Jan. 23-28. I spoke at this festival a couple years ago, exhibited a couple years before that, and was a visitor a couple years before that. I think it’s one of the best birding festivals in the state. If you can get to the Titusville area during this time, you would have a good time at the festival.

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Big O Birding Festival

Thank goodness the holidays are over! Maybe now I can post a bit more regularly….

Just wanted to say for now that the Big O Birding Festival is coming up in a few weeks. (That’s the Big O as in Okeechobee.) If you are interested, make plans now to go.

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Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

Back when I posted the dates of fall nature festivals, this one escaped me: The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival (Oct. 27 – Nov. 4) in southwestern Florida. You can find out more at the official site linked above or the News-Press article here.

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Florida nature festivals this fall

I wasn’t going to blog about fall nature festivals until later, but it really makes sense to now, so people can plan on going and have time to sign up.

Fall in Florida is a big time for nature festivals around the state. Here are the ones I know of:

St. Joseph Bay Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Day (that’s a mouthful!) is a day of field trips on the placid, clear St. Joseph Bay in the Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas area. Really beautiful!

Ding Darling Days is a week of events on Sanibel Island. I was invited to speak there last year, but it was only a month after I’d given birth and didn’t know if I could manage it. This year, it takes place Oct. 8-14.

The Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival is next, Oct. 12-14. The center of the action is Curry Hammock State Park in Marathon (I saw a merlin here once), but field trips are all up and down the Keys.

Wouldn’t it be fun to take a couple weeks and go to all three festivals?!

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