Birding

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

The Gulf coast along Charlotte Harbor has miles of wild shoreline, making it a wonderland of wildlife and natural beauty and ideal for sea kayaking.

The peregrine falcon is one of the species that migrates south via the Florida Keys in the fall. In fact, the Keys see more peregrine falcons than anywhere else in the continent, according to Florida Keys Hawkwatch.

Keys Birding Festival isn’t much this year, but nobody told the birds

Sadly, the Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival is a shell of what it once was. But that doesn’t stop the birds from migrating through the Keys.

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo by Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

This original Florida roadside attraction still thrills, especially in the spring and early summer when its rookery fills with hundreds of nesting birds. The gators and crocs are well-presented with lots of information as well as entertainment.

Flamingoes have returned to a remote site in Palm Beach County for nine years. (Photo by South Florida Water Management District.)

Flamingoes in Florida: Back for good? Birders can see them in spring

A flock of flamingoes, a bird rarely spotted in Florida, has returned to western Palm Beach County for nine years, and scientists think the flamingo may be back in Florida for good. Flamingoes migrate to the site in spring, when the Audubon Society manages trips to see them.

Punta Gorda: Magnificent riverfront location with Old Florida feel

Punta Gorda: Magnificent riverfront location with Old Florida feel

Punta Gorda is blessed with a beautiful riverfront location, but it doesn’t have a beach. And there lies the reason it has an off-the-beaten-track quality. It’s a great place for kayaking, biking, hiking, birding and discovering funky crab shacks and other authentic Florida experiences.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is worth a quick stop

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is worth a quick stop

This bird rescue center offers an up-close-and-personal wildlife experience that makes a short, fun stop on a Keys trip, especially for families with kids.

A great egret near the boardwalk

Corkscrew Swamp in Naples: Explore via beautiful boardwalk

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, an Audubon Society preserve, takes you on a hike via boardwalk with good wildlife viewing and exquisite scenery.

Good birding at Corkscrew Bird Rookery Swamp Trail.

Naples Bird Rookery Swamp: It’s a beaut for hiking, biking, wildlife

Few South Florida hiking or biking trails rival this 12-mile-long trail near Naples for scenery and wildlife. It deserves to be known outside the Naples area.