Join Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve from January 12- 14 for the Festival of Birds, an event that invites guests to explore the local environment through programs and guided field trips to wildlife hot spots.
Dozens of field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours will be offered by area partners. Trips range in price from $20 – $150, and registration is required. Some highlights include the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Buggy Excursion, Twelve Island Kayak Tour, Harns Marsh Birding Walk, and Big Cypress National Preserve Red Cockaded Woodpecker Tour.
On Friday, Jan. 12, the Environmental Learning Center is open 9 AM to 4 PM with buy-one/get-one free $5 admission.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Environmental Learning Center is open from 9 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $10 and includes three featured lectures: “Birding as a Treasure Hunt: My Collier Big Year,” “A (Stuffed) Bird in the Hand: The Importance of Modern Natural History Collections,” and “The Recipe for Saving Beach Birds: Education, Monitoring and Nice Legs.”
Saturday’s Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ken Meyer, with the Avian Research Conservation Institute, takes place at 5:30 PM. Admission is $25 and includes light refreshments. His presentation is entitled “Data-driven Conservation for Florida’s Imperiled Raptors and Water Birds: 20 Years of Discovery Through ARCI’s Remote Tracking Studies.”
For more information about the event and registration, visit rookerybay.org/ learn/festival-of-birds. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road in Naples.