If you are coming to Florida to do some birding this winter, check out the Florida Birding Trail website. It will tell you what you will see and where to find it.
Lee County Conservation 20/20 is steward to 47 preserves that are great birding areas. Check out their website that includes a description of each preserve, maps, directions and a calendar of events. Several preserves have free guided walks.
A trip to Sanibel would not be complete without a visit to the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Website includes an overview of the Refuge and visitor information on times and directions. NOTE: Wildlife Drive is closed on Fridays.
Visit our Facebook page for birding photos and tips.
This private group's purpose is: to facilitate the enjoyment and study of birds in their natural environment on Sanibel and Captiva and at other nearby parks and nature preserves. (Our 2021 bird walks were all conducted virtually; photos can be found on our Facebook page.)
Golden-winged Warblers forage among the leaves and branch tips of their low, shrubby habitat. Males sing their loud, buzzy song over and over again from the tops of shrubs during early summer.
These warblers breed in tangled, shrubby habitats such as regenerating clearcuts, wet thickets, and tamarack bogs. They often move into nearby woodland when the young have fledged. They spend winters in open woodlands and shade-coffee plantations of Central and South America. (Remember to drink bird-friendly coffee!)
The photo and accompanying information come from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
"Several species of shorebirds and seabirds nest along the beaches of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida. Habitat loss and degradation associated with coastal development has largely restricted many of these species to stretches of beach within parks and preserves. This group of birds is particularly sensitive to human disturbance since environmental conditions on beaches are already harsh and unpredictable. For example, one dog passing near a colony of nesting seabirds can cause all the birds to panic and subsequently leave their nests dangerously exposed to the hot boiling sun."
Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for more information on how you can help and on their new guidelines, currently being drafted, to help protect threatened, nesting shorebirds like the Black Skimmer, Least Tern, and Snowy Plover.
This short video highlights the threats Sanibel shorebirds face everyday on the beach and showcases simple ways beachgoers can be good neighbors to shorebirds and other coastal wildlife. This video was created by the City of Sanibel in partnership with the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society, SCCF, and the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society.
San Cap Audubon is proud to have helped support the Avian Research and Conservation Institute's effort to deploy GPS-equipped cell-phone transmitters on two breeding adult Swallow-tailed Kites on Sanibel. The 2021 Sanibel GPS-tracked Kites are called “Bailey’s Homestead” and “Sanibel Botanical”.
Read the whole story here.