Get Outdoors for Big Day Birding Adventures at Everglades National Park
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Program Contact Christi Carmichael, 239-695-3092
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
The recent comedy "The Big Year"highlighted the excitement of birding and inspired many to join in the fun!Now you can become a "citizen scientist" and birder by helping Ranger Christi Carmichael document the birds seen along the Main Park Road from the Royal Palm Visitor Center to Flamingo. December's Big Day Birding Adventure participants spotted 2210 birds that represented 45 different species!
Everglades National Park is considered a world-class birding area.Over 365 species of birds have been recorded in the park.Bird habitat in the park ranges from freshwater marsh to pine rockland to the shallow tidal flats of Florida Bay.Many bird species use the park as a significant wintering area, and some birds, such as white-crowned pigeons and mangrove cuckoos, are considered specialties to the area from the Caribbean.
Be prepared to drive your own car and bring lunch, water and sun protection.Bring binoculars (if you have them).Plan to walk at least three miles and be prepared for mosquitoes.Be prepared to drive your own car and bring lunch, water and sun protection.Bring binoculars (if you have them).Plan to walk at least three miles and be prepared for mosquitoes.For
For more information call 239-695-3092
There are two more Birding Adventures coming up soon - so mark your calendars.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Meet at the Royal Palm Visitor Center at 8 a.m. and plan on spending 6 hours (till 2:00 p.m.).
The Royal Palm Visitor Center is located about a 15 minute drive from the Homestead entrance to the park at 8336 State Road 8336.Maps are provided at the Coe Visitor Center or at the entrance station.Note that there is a $10 per car entrance fee, but the program is free.
Photos are available on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/ever/photosmultimedia/index.htm .
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.