Chinsegut birding and wildlife festival is unique among spring celebrations
March 17, 2008
CONTACT: Kristin Wood 352-754-6722
Bat and owl prowls, live birds-of-prey demonstrations, a dung 'n' doodle (insect) walk and off-site field trips to view burrowing owls and migrating warblers are some of the unique and exciting events featured at the Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival, April 11 and 12.
The free extravaganza in Brooksville kicks off at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
Saturday morning, motivated birders are invited to get up at 6:45 a.m. with the birds for an off-site field trip to view the warbler migration at Green Key.
Also on Saturday morning, events at the nature center take flight at 7:30 a.m. with live bird banding, followed by a bird walk at 8:30 a.m. and birds-of-prey programs at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Continuing throughout the day will be programs featuring
For the adventuresome, there are several off-site field trips to look for burrowing owls, red-headed woodpeckers, butterflies and wildflowers on some rarely-visited public lands. For the kids, there are wildlife games and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The grand finale caps off the festivities with participants showing off their skills in the annual bird-calling contest. Scheduled activities conclude at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
"Healthy Habitat, Abundant Wildlife" is the theme of this year's festival. Vendor and exhibitor booths open at 9 a.m. with refreshments, nature-related books and native plants available for purchase.
Off-site field trip space is limited. To reserve a spot on an off-site trip, call
Space for additional vendors is still available. Anyone interested in exhibiting items based on the festival's nature-based theme may call 352-754-6722 or visit MyFWC.com/Chinsegut for information.
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