Lake Apopka Northshore
February 3, 2022 @ 5:00 am - 4:00 pm$120.00
Meet in front of the Convention Center Building at the Radisson Resort at the Port to board the bus. Box lunch is included. There are porta potties located throughout the restoration area.
This property is one of the premier locations in the southeastern United States to observe birds. A 1998 Christmas Bird Count identified 174 species of birds in the area, the highest species total for an inland count in the 115-year history of the CBC. The list of birds found here continues to grow, with 369 species having been recorded. During the winter months, more than 150 species regularly use the property, from showy herons and egrets to ducks and shorebirds and numerous tiny warblers and flycatchers. Other wildlife found here includes alligators, turtles, bobcats, otters, raccoons, snakes and coyotes. Former farmlands make up the Lake Apopka North Shore, a restoration area where the St. Johns River Water Management District’s major activities include marsh and floodplain restoration and the creation of a marsh flow-way that filters Lake Apopka’s waters by circulating lake water through restored wetlands and returning cleaner water to the lake. If the weather allows, attendees will tour in the District’s bench trailer, starting with the dawn chorus at the most optimum spot and continuing on the wildlife drive, which will be closed to the public.