The Fall migration is here. To celebrate Orange Audubon Society is hosting bird walks in Mead Botanical Gardens. The walks will begin on Saturday October 4 and run each Saturday through November 1. Each walk will be led by an experienced birder and is open to the public. In hope of getting more people to experience the pleasures of birding and to become aware of this beautiful and accessible birding gem just south of downtown Winter Park, there will be no charge to attend and no preregistration is necessary.
Mead Botanical Garden has been among the best migration traps in Central Florida. As many as 23 warbler species have been reported in a single Fall season. The garden provides a place to rest with food, water, and shelter for the migrating birds as they pass through to their Winter quarters as far south as South America. The garden has a pond and a creek that runs through on its way from Lake Sue to Lake Virginia. Mead also has a wetlands area and a higher sand hill area all providing a variety of habitats for many different birds. Barred owls, Red-shouldered and Cooper's hawks have been nesting in the Garden. From 2005 through 2010 Dexter Richardson and a team of volunteers have documented over 160 species of birds in Mead.
The walks will start at 8:00 AM and should last 2 to 3 hours. The pace is casual. Orange Audubon Society will have a limited number of loaner binoculars available.
Mead Botanical Garden is located at 1500 S. Denning Drive at the intersection with Garden Drive two blocks east of Orlando Avenue (Hwy. 17- 92). For additional information contact: Larry Martin at[masked]