Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival brings a fun-filled day of wildlife adventures on Saturday, March 24 from 7:30 am - 3 pm. Festivities begin at 7:30am with a Burrowing Owl tour and continues throughout the day with live presentations of birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, Bachman Sparrows and more. Educational programs on red-cockaded woodpeckers, Florida Scrub Jays, Bats of Florida, and gopher tortoises. Learn about Landscaping for Wildlife and native plants.
Come meet Dr. Marc Minno, co-author of Butterflies through Binoculars, at his book signing, then join him as he shares his wealth of knowledge on the butterfly hikes.
Children can try their skill at matching the feats of animals at the Animal Olympics, building a bird feeder, and earning their Jr. Birder Wings Over Florida. Stroll through the Arts in the Woods wildlife artists display their creative works and sales. Lots of wildlife activities for the whole family! Free admission.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival and Arts in the WoodsMarch 24, 20127:30 – 8:30 am – Burrowing Owl hike at Turnley Unit/USDA – Bev Hansen FWC Volunteer - Sunrise Nature Hike Chinsegut Conservation Center Tract – Mark Kiser FWC9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Birding and Wildlife Festival and Arts in the Woods9:00 – 11:30 am – Sparrow Drive and bird banding – Marianne Korosky9:00 – 10:00 am – Burrowing Owl hike at Turnley Unit/USDA – Bev Hansen9:30 – 10:30 am – Jr. Birder Wings Over Florida – youth birding program & certification10:00 – 11:00 am – Butterfly Hike with Dr. Marc Minno - Landscaping for Wildlife presentation - Phenology/Climate change – George Kish 10:30 – 11:30 am – Florida reptiles – live presentation by Jim Mendenhall/Squamata Reptiles - Red-Cockaded Woodpecker – Mary Dowdell, FWC11:00 – 12:00 pm – Birding 101 Basics of birding – FWC11:30 – 12:30 pm – Bats – Mark Kiser, FWC biologist12:00 – 1:00 pm - Bird call contest 12:30 – 1:30 pm - Gopher Tortoise Hike - FWC12:30 – 2:00 pm - Birds of Prey – Sue Bathauer and Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park12:45 – 1:45 pm - Florida Scrub Jay – Craig Faulhaber1:00 – 2:00 pm – Butterfly hike at Big Pine Tract – Dr. Marc Minno1:30 – 2:30 pm – Birding for Adults; FWC LE K-9 demonstration2:00 – 3:00 pm – Photography with photo hike – Karl and Kathleen Nichter - Native Plant Hike – Jude SimpsonAll day activities: Arts in the Woods; Food; Exhibits; Animal Olympics