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Would you like to improve your bird identification skills? Take Orange Audubon Society's Beginner's Bird Watching Class starting Oct. 15, 2022. Class includes three Saturday morning sessions, and if you have to miss one, you can make it up during the winter class series.
All sessions are 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m. An “outdoor” classroom session and mini-field trip is Oct. 15 at Orlando Wetlands Park. The Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 field sessions are at Mead Botanical Garden and the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, respectively.
The class is limited to 12 students and registration is required.
Total cost for all three sessions is $50 for Audubon members, $65 for non-members and $10 for children through age 12 with a registered adult. Non-members can join when registering. New memberships are paid directly to OAS, as instructed when you register.
To register email Teresa at [masked] and provide your cell phone number
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join Orange Audubon as we search for migrants, song birds and raptors at one of Lake County's top birding locations with Karen Hamblett ,a top local birder and Kathy Rigling, OAS Education Coordinator.
We will begin at the overlook at Green Mountain searching for migrating raptors and possible warblers from a tree- top vantage point.
Green Mountain Overlook has a an observation deck which at a height of 132 feet affords a rare view of the surrounding forest in which soaring raptors can often be spotted. Then we will continue down one of the only switchback trails in Florida until we reach the Lake Apopka loop trail.
Possible fall sightings may include Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler,Yellow-throated Warbler, Ovenbird, Swainson's Thrush, Eastern Wood -Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Northern Bobwhite, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk among others.
Cost is $12 per person per trip for Audubon members and $17 per person for non-members.
To reserve your space, contact Kathy at [masked].
The NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL on Lake Apopka in Central Florida highlights the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 20,00-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, Florida’s top eBird hotspot.
This year's event features FIVE days filled with over 50 field trips organized with COVID-19 precautions in mind.
Attractions include a free Thursday night keynote talk, sunrise photography and birding trips, walks focusing on owls and whip-poor-wills, and a whole lot more.
The full schedule will be posted later in the summer. Sign up for updates at https://orangeaudubonfl.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3683cf6f5d46d6747b4fd58cc&id=6d755d949d
Remember that just clicking RSVP here on Meetup is not enough to save your slot. You must follow the prompts on the website to register. Only the Thursday keynote is free. Each trip has a charge of $10 to $85, with no additional festival registration fee. Proceeds support Orange Audubon Society’s nature and environmental center fund or related educational programs.
This year, you can look forward to:
• Five days packed with nearly 60 field trips with built-in COVID-19 precautions
• Exploring Central Florida while looking out for specialty birds
• Four sunrise photography and birding trips
• Owl and woodcock walks
• A star walk at Wekiwa Springs State Park
• The ability to drive into parts of North Shore that are otherwise accessible only by foot or bike
Learn more and sign up at https://northshorebirdingfestival.com/