• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


    Ecological & Historic Preserve Florida

Event Details

  • 05/10/2014

    Location: Through out the Timucuan Preserve Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Shana Allen Contact Phone Number: (904) 221-7567 ext. 115
Schedule of events: 

Spanish Pond Programs: 
Meet across from Fort Caroline National Memorial 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 
Why Birds Matter Ranger Program
Time: 10:00am-10:30am and 1:00pm-1:30pm
Join Ranger Craig at Spanish Pond (across from Fort Caroline National Memorial) to learn the basics of birding and find out "Why birds matter." Afterwards, participate in the Spanish Pond bird count or hike the Spanish Pond Trail.                                                         

Fort George Island Programs: Meet at the Ribault Club State Park 
11241 Fort George Road Jacksonville, FL 32226 
Birding by Foot on Fort George Island: Bird Rookery Hike
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Ever wonder why some birds have thin, slender, pointed beaks while other birds have sharp, "hooked" beaks?  Attend this bird hike led by birder James Wheat and learn about adaptions birds have for their environment and lifestyle. 

Birding by Foot on Fort George Island: Old Golf Fairways Hike
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Fort George Island is home to a diverse population of birds, everything form song birds to shorebirds. Learn about common birds of Fort George Island and how to identify them with birder James Wheat. 

Birding by Segway: Trail to Point Isabel
Reservations required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-by-segway-trail-to-point-isabel-tickets-11388359891
Times: 10:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-2:00pm
(All riders must be at least 14 years of age and under 260 pounds)  
Feeling adventurous? Join concessionaire Kayak Amelia for 1 ½ hours long Segway tour of Fort George Island. The trail has varied terrain with ancient dunes, tree arches and expansive water views. You will see several unique habitats such as forest, marshes, and sand dunes each with bird populations adapted for life in each environment. 

Kayaking Programs: 
Meet at Alimacani Boat Ramp
11080 Heckscher Drive Jacksonville, FL 32226
Reservations required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-by-kayak-birds-of-huguenot-memorial-park-tickets-11386404041

Birding by Kayak: Birds of Huguenot Memorial Park
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm 
(Recommended for beginner birders and kayakers. Great for children!)
To start, Huguenot Memorial Park Naturalist, Shelly Beville, will provide a 30 minute program about how to distinguish between the birds commonly found coastal habitats and what you might find at Huguenot Memorial Park. Then take a short paddle led by Eric Bersinger and Kayak Amelia into Huguenot Memorial Park to practice bird identification. Bring water. Wearing sunscreen and bug spray is recommended. 

Birding by Kayak: Birds of Huguenot Memorial Park
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm 
(Recommended for experienced birders and kayakers.)     
Join National Park Service staff, Kayak Amelia, and birder Eric Bersinger on a paddle to go bird watching on the Fort George Inlet. This kayak paddle is designed for experienced birders and kayaker and is longer than the morning trip. No formal birding programs will be provided, however highly skilled birders and kayakers are leading the trip. The bulk of time will be spent identifying and counting birds. 

All events are free and open to the public.  Space is limited and reservations are required for Segway and kayak tours. Reservations must be made in advance using the online ticketing system (websites above). Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign-in and get fitted for safety equipment. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Bring binoculars if you have a pair.