The Great Florida Birding Trail
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The trail offers nearly 500 birding sites spread over 2000 miles of trail throughout the state of Florida.
The trails cover every conceivable
ecosystem Florida has to offer:
from mangrove forests and cypress swamps, to the vast Florida everglades and sandy beaches. Some sites are remote,
others are in the heart of a city. Many are seasonally spectacular for birding, some othersÖ not so much.
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In my years travelling the
state, I have visited more than a few locations as my well thumbed Florida Fish
and Wildlife Guide Books will attest.
The well laid out guide book is a valuable resource, available free, at all Florida Travel and Tourism offices. Did I mention it is free?
The trail is divided into sections (East, West, Panhandle and South Florida) and the guide does a great job of mapping and describing each location.
Their online site is a valuable asset as well and is worth a visit.
A brief description of each site
and a sampling of bird species one might encounter is included.
Although the guide book is
reasonably accurate, be sure to check carefully the hours of operation and donít
always believe them.
I have arrived at many a park at sunset only to find the gates closed at four. Some locations you pay State Park entrance fees,
but most sites are free and are readily accessible for hiking, biking or equestrian.
Grab a guide book and follow the easy to read directions, even to the most remote sites.
I wanted to photograph the Florida
(a life bird for me) so I checked the guide book and
headed to central Floridaís
Lake June In Winter State Park.
Not only does the Great Florida Birding
trail offer wonderful birding opportunities,
but you will blessed with some of the finest scenery in the state of Florida.
Above Istokpoga Below Wakodahatchee
Whether you are an avid birding enthusiast, a local resident or a visiting tourist,
the Great Florida Birding Trail is a highly recommended outing
from anywhere you might be in the state,
and chances are you will not have to travel far to find one.
Drive, hike, bike or ride a horse along the Great Florida Birding Trail
and donít forget your camera.
You just never know what you might encounter.
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