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Birds of a Feather Fest

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We are excited to announce the new registration system for Birds of a Feather Fest! Upon your first login, you will need to create an account and save your username and password to access your account in the future. The secure system should store your information and transactions. Please contact the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation office with any questions or concerns at 386-986-2323. You can also stop in the office at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast for assistance in setting up a new account.

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For help or information on selecting events for beginning birders, please contact Jason Giraulo at jgiraulo@palmcoastgov.com or (386) 986-2484.

Friday, February 9, 2018
Sunrise Bird Photography Field Trip to Orlando Wetlands Park
  • $150.00
  • 05:00am - 03:00pm
  • Moose Peterson
  • Orlando Wetlands Park
  • Mini Bus - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Lunch Provided.
  • Break out your big lens and join world renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson on the photo trip of a lifetime! This photography workshop will help you take your images to the next level and help with storytelling in your images. About the park: More than 220 bird species, 63 butterfly species, reptiles and mammals call Orlando Wetlands Park their home. Wading birds like Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, White Egret, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis are common here year around. Purple Gallinule as well as Common Gallinule, Limpkins, Least Bittern and American Bittern can also be found throughout the park. Raptors like Red-shouldered Hawks, Ospreys, Barred Owls and Bald Eagles hunt and nest within the park. Occasionally Crested Caracara, Short-tailed Hawk, and Snail Kites are seen. Flocks of 1000’s of Tree Swallows migrating in late fall and early spring can be found feeding and roosting in the Wetlands. Other rarities like Vermilion Flycatcher, Groove-billed Ani, White-faced Ibis have been spotted at this wonderful place.
Big Trip to Merritt Island NWR
  • $30.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • David Hartgrove
  • Merritt Island NWR
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Merritt Island NWR is known for its abundant birdlife with over 330 species and is a major destination for birders throughout the world. Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds use the refuge as a temporary rest stop or spend the entire winter season in refuge impoundments. See for yourself why Merritt Island NWR is famous in the birding community.
Big Trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
  • $30.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • Gallus Quigley
  • Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Lake Apopka North Shore offers extraordinary bird-watching opportunities. It is one of the top three birding areas for the entire state (includes Everglades National Park and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge). During the winter months, more than 150 species regularly use the property, from herons and egrets to numerous warblers and flycatchers. The site set a one-day Christmas Bird Count record in 1998 when 174 species were recorded. This is the highest Florida Christmas Bird Count for any inland (versus coastal) location. The bird list continues to grow and includes 362 species.
Big Trip to Little Talbot Island State Park
  • $30.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • Greg Miller
  • Talbot Island State Park
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Little Talbot Island State Park is the center of the public lands on the north shore of the St. Johns River’s outlet to the Atlantic. The 3.8-mile Little Talbot Hiking Trail to the island’s northernmost point is a great location to see buntings, and its hammocks are good for migratory songbirds in season. At trail’s end on the north point, loafing Black Skimmers and terns are common. Large numbers of Piping, Wilson’s and an occasional Snowy Plover feed in winter on 5 miles of pristine beach. Other beach birds here include seven sandpiper species, four plover species, Red Knots, Dunlins, Marbled Godwits and occasionally Long-billed Curlews. Watch offshore from the first beach boardwalk for Jacksonville’s famed rare pelagics: jaegers and Northern Gannets are not unlikely!
Woodpeckers and More at Princess Place
  • $15.00
  • 07:00am - 10:00am
  • Joe & Judie Dziak
  • Princess Place Preserve
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Once home to a Russian prince, this preserve on the Matanzas River offers freshwater creek, salt marsh, and woodland habitats. Princess Place Preserve is home to 7 of the 8 species of Woodpecker that occur in Florida. These include Red Bellied, Red Headed, Pileated, Hairy, Downy, Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker and Northern Flicker
Shorebirds at Matanzas Inlet
  • $15.00
  • 07:00am - 10:00am
  • David & Dee Simpson
  • Matanzas Inlet
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Look for shorebirds like Semipalmated Plovers foraging along the wrack line and Spotted Sandpipers compulsively bobbing their tails. Scope the river for ducks like Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, as well as loons and grebes. On the ocean side, terns and gulls become more abundant and the opportunity to spot Northern Gannets and other pelagic birds arise. Black Skimmers and Piping Plovers can also be found here.
Bird Identification
  • $10.00
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm
  • Mary Giraulo
  • City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing
  • Classrooms may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • Learn the secrets to identifying numerous species in simple terms. This class will help you see the markings that make the difference and the telltale signs and distinct behaviors of birds.
Building a bird-friendly backyard
  • $10.00
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm
  • Tamar Boorstin
  • City Hall Community Wing
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing
  • Classrooms may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • What, when and where to plant. It’s no secret that the key to attracting birds to your yard depends on three simple things. Food, water, and shelter. Learn how to incorporate native and bird-friendly landscaping to your yard.
eBird
  • $10.00
  • 01:00pm - 02:30pm
  • Mary Giraulo
  • City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing
  • Classrooms may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • Smartphones and tablets are changing the way we get work done. They’re also changing the way we bird. eBird is changing the way people bird. Join the largest bird oriented citizen-science program in the world.
Gull Fly-in at Frank Rendon Park
  • $15.00
  • 02:00pm - 06:00pm
  • Michael Brothers
  • Frank Rendon Park
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • This beach hosts what may be the largest congregation of gulls on any beach in the United States with as many as 30,000 gulls each evening. This beach has consistently turned up species that are rare in Florida, including the only record of Vega Gull in Florida. Laughing, Franklin, Ring-billed, Herring, Bonaparte's, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, Glaucous, Iceland, Thayer's and California Gulls have all been recorded. In addition, possible European Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gulls and even a possible Slaty-backed Gull have appeared in the past. In addition to the gulls, this beach is the best location in Florida to regularly see jaegers from shore. Each evening the gulls leave the beach and settle on the ocean just beyond the breakers. Jaegers regularly patrol these huge groups, harassing the gulls.
Rail Walk at Princess Place Preserve
  • $15.00
  • 03:00pm - 06:00pm
  • David & Dee Simpson
  • Princess Place Preserve
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • This walk features elusive creatures of the evening. The Clapper Rail is a secretive, year-round resident of marshes along much of the Atlantic Coast. They are extremely difficult to see but can often be heard. Join us as we take on the challenge of finding this elusive creature. Take a walk on the wild side at dusk.
Meet and Greet the Experts at The Green Lion
  • FREE / No registration required
  • 06:30pm - 08:30pm
  • NA
  • Green Lion Cafe at the Palm Harbor Golf Club
  • Meet at the Green Lion Cafe at the Palm Harbor Golf Club
  • Enjoy some tasty treats, meet our fantastic guides and mingle with fellow birders at Canfields. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres served. Beer & Wine a-la-carte.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Big Trip to Viera Wetlands
  • $30.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • David Hartgrove
  • Viera Wetlands
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Known to most birders simply as Viera Wetlands, this water treatment facility offers exceptional birding by car, foot or bicycle. One of the star attractions is the Crested Caracara (which nests here); check the sabal palms and pines near the start of the loop drive and along the wetland perimeter. Drive the impoundment, scanning for waterfowl such as American Coot, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail and Hooded Merganser. Sought-after waterbirds like Least Bittern, King Rail, Limpkin, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-necked Stilt and Purple Gallinule make this a popular destination for birders and photographers. Shorebird diversity is outstanding – unusual finds include American Golden-Plover, Upland Sandpiper, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Two observation towers provide excellent views (a spotting scope is useful). Keep an eye out for raptors such as Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk and the occasional Snail Kite. Other rarities spotted here include Masked Duck and Mangrove Swallow.
Big Trip to Paynes Prairie – Transportation Provided
  • $60.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • Gallus Quigley
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve
  • Bus Provided - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Lunch Provided.
  • Famed author and naturalist William Bartram explored the vast Paynes Prairie in 1774 and dubbed it the “great Alachua Savannah.” Today this spectacular park encompasses nearly all of the 16,000-acre basin marsh and wet prairie, plus hardwood hammocks, Flatwoods, swamps, lakes, and streams. With over 270 species identified in this park, birders on this trip may see woodpeckers, songbirds, wild turkeys, bald eagles, hawks, waterfowl, sandhill & whooping cranes, limpkin, purple gallinule, a variety of rails and many others.
Big Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands – Transportation Provided
  • $60.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • Greg Miller
  • Sweetwater Wetlands Park
  • Bus Provided - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Lunch Provided.
  • Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer. Now a thriving habitat, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is filled with vast numbers of plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators and Florida cracker horses. At the park, you can walk more than 3.5 miles of crushed gravel trails and boardwalks, experience the lush landscape from viewing platforms, and learn about the habitat.
GTM NERR Dam Entrance
  • $15.00
  • 07:00am - 01:00pm
  • David & Dee Simpson
  • GTM NERR Dam Entrance
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Exploring the vast GTM Reserve is an all-day event. Birders on this trip may see Peregrine Falcons, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Gull-billed Terns, Piping Plovers, shorebirds, Clapper Rails, ducks, loons, grebes, warblers, buntings, grosbeaks and other songbirds, plovers and American Oystercatchers.
Free Beginner Bird Walks at Central Park
  • FREE / No registration required
  • 08:00am - 02:00pm
  • Mary Giraulo, Mary Kronenberg, Frank Quinn
  • City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Learn the basics of birding in this free, family friendly trip around the lake at Central Park. View birds such as Cardinals, Grackles, Vultures, Red Shouldered Hawks and even Bald Eagles along this .45 mile loop.
PeaCee’s Big Backyard
  • FREE / No registration required
  • 09:00am - 01:00pm
  • Palm Coast City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing
  • Parents must stay with their children. Please wear close-toed shoes. Sunscreen suggested.
  • Fun for young birders. Pinecone Bird Feeders, Coloring Activities, Face Painting, Mural and more!
iPhoneography (nature photography with your smart phone)
  • $10.00
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Jason Giraulo
  • Palm Coast City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing
  • Classrooms may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • You don't need a fancy camera to take fantastic photos of birds. Learn how to use your smartphone, binoculars and spotting scope to take unforgettable photos of birds and other wildlife in this brand-new class.
Audubon Birds of Prey Show
  • FREE / No registration required
  • 01:00pm - 02:30pm
  • Audubon Birds of Prey Center
  • Palm Coast City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • With live bird ambassadors and hands-on activities, participants explore the relationship of people to their natural environment while discovering the role raptors play in our local ecosystems as well as how individuals can have a positive role in the environment.
Introduction to Birding with David & Dee Simpson
  • $10.00
  • 03:00pm - 04:30pm
  • David & Dee Simpson
  • Palm Coast City Hall
  • Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Have you ever heard of birding? Can you tell a heron from an airplane? If not, this is the class for you. Join experts Dee and David Simpson for Introduction to Birding. Dee will give a quick 45-minute talk about birding, what is it, and what do you need to get started, what is a Life List? Afterward, we will provide you with notebooks and pens and take you on a leisurely 45-minute walk to start your very own Life List.
An Evening with Moose Peterson at Flagler Auditorium (Pre Event)
  • $30.00
  • 06:00pm - 07:00pm
  • Flagler Auditorium Black Box Theater
  • Meet at Flagler Auditorium
  • Theater may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • Want to meet Moose? Join us for this exclusive pre-event. Chat with Moose and enjoy refreshments before the big event. Then, spend an evening with Nikon Ambassador and Photographic Legend Moose Peterson. Moose will share experiences from his more than 40 years in the field working with biologists and photographing endangered species.
An Evening with Moose Peterson at Flagler Auditorium
  • FREE / No registration required
  • 07:00pm - 09:00pm
  • Moose Peterson
  • Flagler Auditorium
  • Meet at the Flagler Auditorium
  • Theater may be cool. Please dress accordingly.
  • Spend an evening with Nikon Ambassador and Photographic Legend Moose Peterson. Moose will share experiences from his more than 40 years in the field working with biologists and photographing endangered species.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Big Trip to Merritt Island – Transportation Provided
  • $60.00
  • 06:00am - 04:00pm
  • Greg Miller
  • Merritt Island NWR
  • Bus Service Included - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Lunch Provided.
  • Merritt Island NWR is known for its abundant birdlife with over 330 species and is a major destination for birders throughout the world. Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds use the refuge as a temporary rest stop or spend the entire winter season in refuge impoundments. See for yourself why Merritt Island NWR is famous in the birding community.
Big Trip to Lyonia Preserve
  • $30.00
  • 07:00am - 02:00pm
  • Mary Giraulo
  • Lyonia Preserve
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • For birders, two syllables sum up this site: “scrub-jays.” Thanks to exemplary habitat management and restoration, the Lyonia Preserve north of Deltona supports numerous families of Florida Scrub-Jays along with other rare, scrub-dependent flora and fauna.
Walk at Palm Coast Spray fields
  • $15.00
  • 07:00am - 10:00am
  • David & Dee Simpson
  • Palm Coast Sprayfields
  • Carpool - Meet at Palm Coast City Hall
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • A Birds of a Feather Fest Tradition! Get a behind the scenes peek at the City of Palm Coast rapid infiltration basin (RIB) for utility wastewater disposal. The basin system imitates an ephemeral wetland system which is a huge attractant for wading and marsh species. Be one of the unique few to visit this hidden birding treasure.
Walk at Pelicer Creek Conservation Area
  • $15.00
  • 07:00am - 10:00am
  • Gallus Quigley
  • Pelicer Creek Conservation Area
  • Carpool - Meet at the Palm Coast Community Center
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Description: Walk along the powerlines, through the sparrow-rich Pelicer Creek Conservation area near Princess Place Preserve. This walk will focus on some of the most difficult to identify species – sparrows. Possible species seen here include Bachman's Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow along with other passerines such as Eastern Towhee, Eastern Phoebe, American Goldfinch, Brown Creeper, etc.

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Parks & Recreation
Phone : (386) 986-2323
305 Palm Coast Parkway NE
Palm Coast, FL 32137

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