North Shore Birding Festival
December 2 - December 6
The North Shore Birding Festival highlights the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, an Important Bird Area and the top eBird hotspot in Florida.
Most trips are based out of the McDonald Canal, CR 448A, Mount Dora, and allow driving into parts of the restoration area that are otherwise inaccessible except on foot or bicycle. All levels of birders, nature photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the field trips, which include a Sunday afternoon Beginning Birding trip at Wekiwa Springs State Park, suitable for children accompanied by an adult.
Field trips cost $10–70, and many include a box lunch. All proceeds benefit Orange Audubon Society’s fund for a nature and environmental education center or related educational programs. College students can participate for half price and there are college student travel scholarships. Reservations are required.