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||September 24, 2013 (Tuesday)
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||Witness our spectacular fall migration during the 15th annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes tour of our birding, wildlife and natural areas.
The six-day festival includes a variety of activities from Key Largo to Key West. Signature events include an excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, guided bird and butterfly walks, wildlife photography workshops, a wildlife fair, the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, sunset sails and boat trips into the backcountry.
The event's keynote speaker, Rafael Galvez, is the director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, the southernmost migration monitoring project in the continental United States. Hawkwatch documents as many as 25,000 diurnal birds of prey of 18 species during the fall, and more than 120 species of waders, shorebirds and songbirds migrating over the Keys.
Festival participants will explore many Keys natural gems, including the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, the National Key Deer Refuge, the waters of the Upper Keys backcountry and half a dozen state parks. In addition to the knowledgeable Galvez, they’ll be guided by birding, butterfly and photography experts from throughout South Florida.
The festival is partnering with Florida Keys Hawkwatch to provide festival participants with daily opportunities to participate in its citizen science raptor monitoring, guided migratory bird walks and evening presentations. This is a must-see event for wildlife enthusiasts! Combine that with migrating songbirds, rare endemic bird and wildlife species and the beautiful tropical habitats of the Florida Keys and you have the ingredients for a fantastic adventure.
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April 22, 2010