Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza

Orange Audubon Society (OAS) is helping to organize the 2nd Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza—celebrating Lake Apopka and its North Shore. Some of the activities at this free admission event include bus tours (one actually leaving at 8:30 a.m.) of the North Shore and air boat rides on Lake Apopka, nature and photo hikes (reserve a spot in advance for tours and hikes at, tree giveaway, lots of nature-oriented information, music and other entertainment, kids’ activities, and merchandise and food sales.

Check out the list of participating exhibitors at the website. Last year’s inaugural Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza was an overwhelming success with an estimated attendance of ~4,400 people. Eighty-two bird species were reported by trip leaders to the OAS booth during the one-day event. All walking tours were well attended and all eight buses were standing room only.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Deborah G.

    This is a wonderful festival! I had a chance to lead two kids walks and one of the bus trips. On the bus trips we saw so many birds! Highlights for me were both black-bellied whistling ducks (lots of them) and a few fulvous whistling ducks. The Zellwood Christmas Bird Count has more birds than any other inland count. All interested in birds should take every opportunity to visit this area.

    March 4, 2014

  • Deborah G.

    This is a great festival. Hope you all come out!

    March 1, 2014

  • Mayra R.

    How do I sign up for the photo hike???? I went to the Birdapalooza website and signed up for the bus tour and the airboat tour, but did not see a way to sign up for the photo hike. Please advise.

    February 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      when birdapalooza/tours opens to the bus tour page, click on the blue link for walking tours, and the 9 a.m. is for the photo hike.

      February 14, 2014

    • Deborah G.

      Thanks, Jane.The website is a bit confusing, but if she goes to ‘walking tours’ and fills in info, when she chooses her hike option from the drop-down menu, she can choose photo hike. http://www.birdapaloo...­

      February 14, 2014

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