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Title:
Guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail. East Section : a project of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Coservation Commission
Author:
Cerulean, Susan.
Publication Information:
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xx, 188 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780813025612
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Book

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Summary

"This guide is an excellent reference that will be used by birders of all levels. It offers a wealth of information on the more famous birding areas as well as Florida's hidden jewels."--Roger Clark, National Park Service

This easy-to-follow guidebook spans 18 counties in eastern Florida to showcase 136 birding sites from the Georgia border to Lake Okeechobee, including the Jacksonville and Orlando metropolitan areas. The sites, organized into clusters of five to ten, are all within an hour's drive of one another and are identified on individual as well as regional maps. Each site is described from a birder's point of view and includes directions, hours of operation, seasonal birding opportunities, and other information essential for a successful outing.

Unique to the book are 27 essays written by state experts to round out the reader's understanding of issues specific to species and habitats. The conservation needs of each area, bird-watching ethics, and resources for additional information are also covered.

The Great Florida Birding Trail project, sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, seeks to unify existing and new birding sites on a 2,000-mile trail through the state. It will combine special highway signs identifying Birding Trail sites with a detailed map. The East Florida section, now open and available for use, will be followed by West Florida, Panhandle Florida, and South Florida at intervals of 18 months.

Julie A. Brashears is Birding Trail coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Susan Cerulean is a nature writer and interpretive specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Author Notes

Julie A. Brashears is birding trail coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Susan Cerulean is a nature writer and interpretive specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Table of Contents

Ann MorrowAnn MorrowJim CoxNoel WamerMatthew MullenixJim CoxJulie A. BrashearsSusan D. JewellKen MeyerJim CoxReed Bowman and Glen WoolfendenJim CoxJeff GoreJoanna TaylorJim CoxR. Todd EngstromJim CoxJim CoxJenny NovakTom PalmerSteve NesbittAnn MorrowAnn MorrowNancy DouglassJoan MorrisonPaul GrayPaul Gray
List of Mapsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
How to Use This Guidep. xv
Birding Ethicsp. xvii
Essay: Gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail: Fort Clinch State Parkp. 1
Gannet Clusterp. 4
1. Fort Clinch State Parkp. 5
2. The Nature Center at Amelia Island Plantationp. 5
3. Amelia Island State Parkp. 6
4. Big Talbot Island State Parkp. 7
5. Little Talbot Island State Parkp. 7
6. E. Dale Joyner Nature Preserve at Pelotes Islandp. 8
7. Cedar Pointp. 9
8. Kingsley Plantationp. 9
9. Fort George Island Cultural State Parkp. 10
10. Huguenot Memorial Parkp. 11
11. Fort Caroline National Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt Areap. 12
12. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Parkp. 13
Essay: Painted Buntings in Florida: The End of the Rainbow Holds No Goldp. 14
Essay: Birds at Sea, Birders on the Coastp. 17
St. Marys Clusterp. 19
13. Ralph E. Simmons State Forestp. 20
Kestrel Clusterp. 21
14. Jennings State Forestp. 22
15. Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Parkp. 23
Essay: Fall Migration of Raptors: Why, When, and Wherep. 24
Painted Bunting Clusterp. 26
16. Guana River Wildlife Management Areap. 27
17. Guana River State Parkp. 27
18. St. Augustine Alligator Farmp. 28
19. Anastasia State Parkp. 29
20. Fort Matanzas National Monumentp. 29
21. Faver-Dykes State Parkp. 30
22. Princess Place Preservep. 31
23. Washington Oaks Gardens State Parkp. 32
Essay: Birdwatching 101: Identification Basicsp. 33
Upland Songbird Clusterp. 37
24. Ravine Gardens State Parkp. 38
25. Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Areap. 38
26. Welaka State Forestp. 39
27. Welaka National Fish Hatchery and Aquariump. 40
28. Ocala National Forest: Salt Springsp. 41
Essay: The Unexpected Economics of Birdingp. 42
Limpkin Clusterp. 46
29. Sportsman's Covep. 47
30. Silver River State Parkp. 47
31. Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Areap. 48
Essay: Florida's Fabulous Wadersp. 49
Warbler Hammocks Clusterp. 51
32. Haw Creek Preserve at Russell Landingp. 52
33. Bulow Creek State Parkp. 52
34. North Peninsula State Parkp. 53
35. Tomoka State Parkp. 54
Essay: Swallow-Tailed Kites: Masters of the Windp. 55
Swallow-Tailed Kite Clusterp. 57
36. Ocala National Forest: Alexander Springsp. 58
37. Sunnyhill Restoration Areap. 58
38. Emeralda Marsh Conservation Areap. 59
39. Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area (Treasure Island Entrance)p. 59
40. Hidden Waters Preservep. 60
Essay: Bird Migration: A Biannual Stretching of the Wingsp. 61
Essay: The Scrub and the Scrub-Jay: Imperiled Natural Treasures of Floridap. 63
Scrub-Jay Clusterp. 65
41. Lake George State Forestp. 66
42. DeLeon Springs State Parkp. 66
43. Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refugep. 67
44. Hontoon Island State Parkp. 68
45. Blue Spring State Parkp. 68
46. Lyonia Preservep. 69
47. Lake Ashby Parkp. 70
48. Smyrna Dunes Parkp. 71
Essay: Birdwatching 101: The Tools of the Tradep. 72
Tanager Clusterp. 76
49. Rock Springs Run State Reservep. 77
50. Seminole State Forestp. 77
51. Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Parkp. 78
52. Wekiwa Springs State Parkp. 79
53. Lake Jesup Wilderness Areap. 79
54. Audubon Center for Birds of Preyp. 80
55. Mead Gardensp. 81
Essay: A Beach in the Skyp. 82
Bittern and Bobwhite Clusterp. 84
56. Lake Proctor Wilderness Areap. 85
57. Geneva Wilderness Areap. 85
58. Little Big Econ State Forest: Kilbee Tractp. 86
59. Little Big Econ State Forest: Demetree Tractp. 86
60. Orlando Wetlands Parkp. 87
61. Tosohatchee State Reservep. 88
Essay: Gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refugep. 89
River to Ocean Clusterp. 92
62. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refugep. 93
63. Canaveral National Seashore (North Entrance)p. 93
64. River Breeze Parkp. 94
65. Scottsmoor Landingp. 95
66. Buck Lake Conservation Area (West Entrance)p. 95
67. Buck Lake Conservation Area (East Entrance)p. 95
68. Seminole Ranch Conservation Areap. 96
69. Parrish Park-Titusvillep. 97
70. Canaveral National Seashore (South Entrance)p. 97
71. Hatbill Parkp. 98
Essay: Demise of the Duskyp. 99
Natural Attractions Clusterp. 101
72. Lake Louisa State Parkp. 102
73. Tibet-Butler Preservep. 102
74. Gatorlandp. 103
75. The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preservep. 104
Essay: Burning for Birds: Why Birders Should Support the Use of Prescribed Firep. 105
Turkey Clusterp. 107
76. Moss Parkp. 108
77. Split Oak Mitigation Parkp. 108
78. Lake Lizzie Nature Preservep. 109
Essay: Birdwatching 101: Birding by Earp. 110
Teal Clusterp. 113
79. Fox Lake Parkp. 114
80. Blue Heron Wetlands Treatment Facilityp. 114
81. Kennedy Point Parkp. 115
82. Pine Island Conservation Areap. 116
83. J. G. Bourbeau Parkp. 116
84. Kelly Parkp. 117
85. Port's End Parkp. 117
86. Jetty Maritime Parkp. 118
87. Rotary Park at Merritt Islandp. 119
88. Lori Wilson Parkp. 119
Essay: When Birds Can't Rise Above the Frayp. 120
Essay: Gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail: Tenoroc Fish Management Areap. 122
Purple Gallinule Clusterp. 124
89. Tenoroc Fish Management Areap. 125
90. Saddle Creek Parkp. 126
91. Lake Hollingsworthp. 126
92. Peace River Parkp. 127
Essay: Birding the Lake Wales Ridgep. 128
Ridge Clusterp. 130
93. Lake Region Audubon's Street Nature Centerp. 131
94. Eagle Ridge Mallp. 131
95. Lake Kissimmee State Parkp. 132
96. Bok Tower Gardensp. 132
97. Lake Wailesp. 133
98. Ridge Audubon Nature Centerp. 134
99. Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: Walk-in-the-Water Tractp. 134
100. Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: Arbuckle Tractp. 135
Essay: Whooping Cranes Return to Floridap. 136
Whooping Crane Clusterp. 138
101. Forever Floridap. 139
102. Joe Overstreet Landingp. 139
103. Three Lakes Wildlife Management Areap. 140
Essay: A Vote for the Landp. 141
Migrant Fallout Clusterp. 143
104. Brevard Zoop. 144
105. Rotary Park at Suntreep. 144
106. Wickham Parkp. 145
107. Lake Washington Parkp. 145
108. Lake Washington: Sarno Road Extensionp. 145
109. Erna Nixon Parkp. 146
110. Turkey Creek Sanctuaryp. 146
111. Malabar Scrub Sanctuaryp. 147
112. Coconut Point Parkp. 147
113. Honest John's Fish Campp. 148
Essay: Made in the Shadep. 149
Essay: It's a Matter of Survival: Shorebirds on the Beachp. 151
Vero Vireo Clusterp. 153
114. T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Areap. 154
115. St. Sebastian River State Buffer Preserve (North Entrance)p. 154
116. St. Sebastian River State Buffer Preserve (South Entrance)p. 154
117. Sebastian Inlet State Parkp. 155
118. Environmental Learning Centerp. 156
119. Blue Cypress Conservation Areap. 157
120. Indian River County Wetlands Treatment Facilityp. 157
121. Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)p. 158
Essay: Crested Caracara: Florida Prairie Specialtyp. 159
Scrub and Stream Clusterp. 161
122. Highlands Hammock State Parkp. 162
123. Istokpoga Parkp. 162
124. Hickory Hammockp. 163
125. Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Parkp. 164
Essay: Ode to a Sparrowp. 165
Caracara Clusterp. 167
126. Prairie Bird Long Loop (Starting Point)p. 168
127. Prairie Bird Short Loop (Starting Point)p. 168
128. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Parkp. 168
129. Lock 7: Jaycee Parkp. 169
130. Okee-Tantiep. 170
Essay: Un-straightening the Kissimmee Riverp. 171
Sandhill Crane Clusterp. 173
131. Indrio Savannahsp. 174
132. Fort Pierce Inlet State Parkp. 174
133. Bear Point Sanctuaryp. 175
134. Pinelandsp. 175
135. Savannas Preserve State Parkp. 176
Resources for Birdwatchersp. 177
Index Chartp. 181
List of Contributorsp. 187