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Lake Apopka Birding Festival
• What we'll do The Lake Apopka Birding Festival, January 18-21, 2018, is perfect for people wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list while exploring a unique birding area. Participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District. Trips will search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented, plus recently sighted rarities. Timing is perfect to see a multitude of overwintering and resident species. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night attend exciting keynote talks with meet-and-greets and dinners on Friday and Saturday. Note that the big free family-oriented Saturday Birdapalooza event at Magnolia Park has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma damage in that part of the Lake Apopka North Shore. But the Lake Apopka Birding Festival is held in the northwest part of the 20,000 acre property and will go on. Most field trips and lunches are from the McDonald Canal area at the end of CR 448A (take Jones Road in Zellwood to CR 448A and follow bearing left to end). Map on website listed below. Orange Audubon Society has rolled out a fabulous lineup of 21 field trips over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 19-21, 2018 that you can learn about at Plus the free kickoff keynote is Thursday night January 18th. If you have RSVPed here but have not gone to the festival website and SignUp Genius site to pay and register, your slots are not reserved. Trips are donations to Orange Audubon Society's nature and environmental education center fund. Morning trips with lunch are $30. Afternoon trips without lunch are $20. All day trips with lunch are $50. Friday and Saturday keynotes with dinner are $20. There is no additional registration fee. Get out in the field with some of the best local birders, plus the ever-popular Greg Miller and David Simpson. Read all about it on The website contains the registration link. If any questions, contact Deborah at 407-637-2525 or • What to bring • Important to know All trips and keynotes are donations to Orange Audubon Society's nature and environmental education center fund. All details and registration link is at

McDonald Canal Pavilion

24600 CR 448A · Mount Dora, FL

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I have revamped this abandoned garden club meetup and have chosen to toss in some of my favorite things such as birds, bees and butterflies. Thus I came up with the new name for the group. Soooooo.............

Let's get together and talk about Birds, Butterflies & Botany~!

We can do things like:

Go to different plant nurseries together.
Take field trips to do some birdwatching.
Meet and talk about how to attract birds & butterflies to your garden.
Discuss methods of organic gardening.
Tour each other's gardens, maybe have a picnic on site.
Exchange cuttings and seeds.
Share advice, books and resources.
Explore turning our yards into an urban wildlife habitat.

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