Registration for the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival is now open! The events and activities will take place April 18th-20th, 2014. Programs will feature birding and nature photography tours and paddling trips to our local springs and the Suwanee, Santa Fe and Ocklawaha Rivers. We will hike and then do a blueberry wine tasting at a local winery, we will provide tree climbing tours and view bald eagle nests at the climbing site, Lubee Bat Conservancy will host festival participants, and we will hike in her old orange grove turned hammock and then go on a guided tour of the Historic Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House. Lectures will include Florida sinkhole geology, an introduction to bird identification, how to purchase, use and store binoculars hosted by our local birding shop, and nature photography topics. Side visits you could take in Gainesville include a night flyover of the bats at the University of Florida bat houses on Lake Alice on campus and a visit to the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit at the Florida Natural History Museum. So much to do!
A full list of events can be found on the website by clicking here http://gainesvillebirdingandnaturefestival.com/activities/
Please visit http://gainesvillebirdingandnaturefestival.com/registration/ for more information on registration and feel free to contact us by phone or through email!
This year’s event will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Gainesville: 101 S.E. 1st Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 240-9300. For more information or to contact us about the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival, contact us at Terri at GainesvilleEcotours (dot) com or (904) 704-4087.