Florida is a special place, a birder's paradise
that provides year-round birdwatching opportunities. Our mild
climate, geographic location and diverse habitats attract hundreds
of bird species. More than 470 species occur here, including such
sought-after finds as the rare Florida burrowing owl, Florida
scrub-jay, snail kite and a wealth of wading birds.
Whenever you visit, Florida birding has something to offer. Some
species, like limpkins, occur here year-round, while others, like
swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings come to Florida to raise
their young in spring and summer. Other migratory species only
pause to rest and feed before or after crossing the Gulf of Mexico
in October and April.
These sites represent some of the top
birding spots in Florida. They were selected for their easy access
and dependable birding. They are but a small sampling of the parks,
preserves and natural areas where visitors can see the state's
exceptional birdlife. The kind of birds you will see depends on the
time of day and year, location and climate.
Use this information to visit the many beautiful
and unique natural areas in Florida that provide shelter and
sustenance to hundreds of bird species. Visitors are encouraged to
call ahead before traveling to sites.
- Most birding sites listed in this guide offer free entry or
have minimal entrance fees.
- The sites' visitors centers offer a wealth of information on
the property, and some offer guided tours.
- Visiting hours can vary; always call ahead.
- Take along water, sunscreen and bug spray.
- Birding can be more rewarding with a birdwatching guide,
available at most book stores.
Looking for more?
Try the Great Florida Birding Trail, a 2,000-mile
driving tour of more than 400 birding locations. From beaches to
lost-in-time wetlands, explore Florida's diverse habitat, wildlife
and local flavor.
To help you keep track of this spectacular range of
birdlife, be sure to pick up a Checklist of