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North Shore Birding Festival

Generally occurs: Early December
Location: Mount Dora, Florida
P.O. Box 941142
Maitland, Florida 32794

The North Shore Birding Festival, December 3–7, 2020, highlights the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore. With COVID-19 health safety protocols in place, including wearing face masks, social distancing and reduced trip sizes, this 5th annual festival features the top eBird hotspot in Florida. Most trips are based out of the McDonald Canal, CR 448A, Mount Dora, and allow driving into parts of the restoration area that are otherwise inaccessible except on foot or bicycle. All levels of birders, nature photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the field trips, which include a Sunday afternoon Beginning Birding trip at Wekiwa Springs State Park, suitable for children accompanied by an adult. Field trips cost $10–70, many include a box lunch, and all proceeds benefit Orange Audubon Society’s fund for a nature and environmental education center or related educational programs. College students can participate for half price and there are college student travel scholarships. Reservations are required. See details at For additional information mailto:[email protected] or call 407-637-2525.

Birds to See:
Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Purple Gallinule, Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Bittern, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork, Wood Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Florida Scrub-Jay, Bachman's Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-headed Woodpecker, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Mottled Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin. Groove-billed Ani and other off-course rarities may show up.
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