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Wings Over Florida - Three Lakes WMA
Sat, April 29, 2017, 7:45 AM – 11:45 AM EDT
2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Wildlife Management Area system. As part of this year long celebration, Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail staff Andy Wraithmell and Whitney Gray plus Brook Rohman from Orange Audubon will be leading a morning bird tour at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area. We will look for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman’s Sparrows, Limpkins, Bald Eagles, Wild Turkeys, Wood Storks, Sandhill Cranes and Crested Caracara. Swallow-tailed, White-tailed and Snail Kites are also possible. Participants will have the opportunity to earn their Wings Over Florida birding certificate. Wings Over Florida is a free bird and butterfly listing recognition program that rewards people for their Florida life list and big year list achievements. Certificates are awarded to participants when they reach one or multiple listing milestones. We offer 6 birding life list certificates, 1 big year birding certificate and 6 butterfly life list certificates. For more information about this program visit our website.
Space is limited on this field trip so register early to avoid missing out.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No. All are welcome.
Where are we meeting?
Meet at 7:45am at Lakefront Park, 1104 Lakeshore Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34769
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Transport to Three Lakes WMA (approx. 30 miles south) will be provided from our meeting point at Lakefront Park, 1104 Lakeshore Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34769
How far will we be walking? And, are there restrooms?
No more than a mile on mostly hard surfaces at a very leisurely pace. Yes, there are restrooms at both our meeting location and at Three Lakes WMA.
What birds are we likely to see?
This is of course always hard to predict but check out the eBird checklist for the Three Lakes WMA to give you a rough idea of what to expect.
What can I bring to the tour?
Binoculars (we will have loaner pairs available), camera (optional), wear clothing appropriate for the weather, sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, snacks.
I have never been to the Three Lakes WMA. What can I expect?
Named for the three lakes that border the area, Three Lakes WMA preserves pine flatwoods, a significant portion of the Kissimmee Prairie, one of the last remaining expanses of dry prairie in the United States, and numerous other natural communities. Three Lakes is part of the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the contiguous United States. The WMA is a part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Florida National Scenic Trail. Visit the Three Lakes WMA website for more information.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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