Birding Festival of the Keys

Birding Festival of the Keys
Field Trips

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Fields Trip meet at Holiday Inn Festival Site parking lot to set up car pools. Field trips DO NOT include the cost of park admissions. Please bring radios and sun protection. Bottled water will be available.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Warbler & Songbird Migration Search
8:00 am-12 noon, ($35 plus park admissions)
*Warblers Made Easier Workshop, Thursday, 3 pm, Crane Nature Center*
Leader Paddy Cunningham
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Fall migration can bring lots surprises as we travel the tropical hammocks trails of the Keys looking for warblers and songbirds. But confusing fall warblers can be difficult in that _ of them are with either immature or female. We will use a variety of skills to work such as behavior, habitat and song, along with field marks to make warbler i.d. easier. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot. Bring radios if possible.

american redstart Eastern Kingbird Long Key trails

Friday - Saturday - Sunday


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Florida Specialties Research Search
White-crowned Pigeon & Magnificent Frigatebird

7:30 am-11:30 am ($35 plus park admissions)
*Florida Specialties Research Workshop, Friday, 4:30 pm Crane Nature Center*
Leader Gina Kent
STFIELDT1

Join Research Ecologist, Gina Kent to see what it takes to trap, tag, and track two of Florida's imperiled species: White-crowned Pigeon and Magnificent Frigatebird. Get "in the field" to observe these birds and learn about the research methods and equipment used to understand important conservation issues. This field trip will also include general birding in places like Cudjoe Key and birding from the road on Big Pine. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.

Cudjoe Key frigatebird in flight white crowned pigeon

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Beach Birds Explorations
8 am-12 noon ($35 plus park admissions)
*Beach Birds Workshop, Friday, 3:30 pm, Crane Nature Center*
Leader Leader Adam Kent
STFIELDT2

What's the difference between a tern and a gull, or a sandpiper and a plover? This field trip will head to the Florida Keys famous beaches to learn the basic identification of shorebirds, gulls and terns. Explore their variations and sort through some of the subtleties of their shapes and behaviors in the field with a top Ornithologist Adam Kent. Have fun learning identification and natural history of the common but often difficult-to-identify fascinating birds of the beach. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.

Curry State Park Shorebirds in the Keys terns and gulls

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Hawks Galore - Raptor Search
8 am-12 noon ($35 plus park admissions)
*Hawks Galore Workshop, Friday, 1:30 pm, Crane Nature Center*
Leader Paddy Cunningham
STFIELDT3

We will search the skies for kettles of migrating raptors such as Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned and Broadwing Hawks, Learn the importance of silhouette as the major identification clue. Also the importance of the difference in flight behavior-flap, flap, glide, soaring and straight flight with great speed. This field trip will include a visit to the Florida Keys Hawk Watch station to see scientist at work at the record setting Peregrine Falcon migrating "capital of the U.S.". Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.

Florida Keys hawks cooper's hawk Hawk watchers

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Lower Keys Migration Madness Birds of the Forest:
Docent Tour of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
4:30-6 pm ($10)
LKMMFT

Address: 5210 College Rd. Key West, FL 33045 Phone: (305) 296-1504
Description: This 15-acre site offers one of the richest birding experiences in the lower Keys, with 160+ species recorded. Containing tropical hardwood hammock and the only freshwater ponds on Key West and Stock Island, this property is a magnet for resident species such as White-crowned Pigeons and Black-whiskered Vireos. Check the large trees at the entrance for eastern and Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.
Birds: Antillean Nighthawk, Bald Eagle, Black-whiskered Vireo, Magnificent Frigatebird, Painted Bunting, Short-tailed Hawk, White Crowned Pigeon
Amenities: Handicap Accessible, Restrooms (taken from Florida Birding Trail)

Key West Botanical Gardens Key West Botanical Gardens #1 Key West Botanical Gardens #2

Friday - Saturday - Sunday


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Florida Specialties Research Search - Reddish Egret & Great White Heron
7:30 am-11:30 pm ($35 plus park admissions)
*Florida Specialties Research Workshop, 1:30 pm Crane Nature Center*
Leader Gina Kent
SNFIELDT1

Join Research Ecologist, Gina Kent to see what it takes to trap, tag, and track two of Florida's imperiled species: Reddish Egret & Great White Heron. Get "in the field" to observe these birds and learn about the research methods and equipment used to understand important conservation issues. This field trip will also include general birding in places like Cudjoe Key and birding from the road on Big Pine. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.

Great white heron reddish egret key dear among wading birds

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Long Key State Park & Layton Trail Field Trip
8 am-12 noon ($35 plus park admissions)
Leader Adam Kent
SNFIELDT2

Join Adam Kent to bird at nearby Long Key State Park with many opportunities to find a variety of birds. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible
LONG KEY STATE PARK
"Two nature trails and a mile of natural shoreline provide easy access to mangrove swamp, rockland hammock, mudflat, beach and coastal berm habitats. The 1.25 mile Golden Orb Trail has enticed birders with rarities such as the Key West quail dove (2014-2016) and the Zenaida Dove (2016). The trail passes through mangrove swamps where mangrove cuckoos call, and hammocks which provide foraging areas for white-crowned pigeons. Even the parking lot edges can teem with warblers, vireos, and night heron. The shorter Layton Trail (.25 miles) leads to the Florida Bay through a healthy rockland hammock. Along the shoreline, keep an eye out for the reddish egret white morph and wintering piping plovers.
Birds: Bald Eagle, Black-whiskered Vireo, Magnificent Frigatebird, Mangrove Cuckoo, Roseate Spoonbill, Short-tailed Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, White Crowned Pigeon
Amenities: Camping, Handicap Accessible, Restrooms" (Florida Birding Trail)

Long Key trail Black throated Green Warbler Long Key overlook

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Birding by Behavior & Habitat Field Trip
8am-12 noon ($35 plus park admissions)
*Birding by Behavior & Habitat Workshop, Saturday, 3 pm, Crane Nature Center*
Leader Paddy Cunningham
SNFIELDT3

Search a variety of habitats-tropical hardwood hammock, beach shore, mudflats and beach shoreline to see the greatest variety of birds. Learn how the feeding behavior of shorebirds can be key to identifying these difficult "grey moving rocks". If possible we will see how the flight behavior of hawks can also add in their identification. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.

Reddish Egret dancing Keys habitat Black and White warbler

Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Curry Hammock State Park and Hawk Watch
1:30 pm-4:30 pm ($35 plus park admissions)
Leader Paddy Cunningham
SNFIELDT4

Join Paddy Cunningham to bird at nearby Curry Hammock State Park with many opportunities to find a variety of birds. A visit to the Hawk Watch station to see Scientist in action as we learn first-hand about Hawk identification. Learn the importance of silhouette as the major identification clue. Also the importance of the difference in flight behavior-flap, flap, glide, soaring and straight flight with great speed. There should also be shorebirds to see and identify. A brief walk in the hammock for any warblers and songbirds in migration. Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot for carpooling. Bring radios if possible.
CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK
ENTRANCE FEE
Address: 56200 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-2691
Hours: 8am to sundown
Description: This site is the Peregrine Falcon capital of the World! Between mid-September and early November and you can join in the official raptor count for the Keys! Hawkwatch staff interpret the migration to visitors, while counting off the thousands of raptors that pass by the viewing area each fall. This site offers a one-of-a-kind experience during this particular season.
Birds: Bald Eagle, Black-whiskered Vireo, Magnificent Frigatebird, Painted Bunting, Roseate Spoonbill, Short-tailed Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, White Crowned Pigeon
Amenities: Camping, Restrooms (Florida Birding Trail)

hawk watchers Curry State Park hawk silhouettes

Friday - Saturday - Sunday


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