LEARN the I.D.
Paddy Cunningham, Biologist
Expert Guide and Instructor
5181 SW 27th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312
(754) 201-1141 • 954-805-6810
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All events are cancelled during the Pandemic
With vaccinations becoming more widespread, I am considering starting up some events.
Birding education pages, Covid-19 savvy events, possibly trips, will be announced here.
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AT ITS BEST
"It was great to see another professional put the art of birding together so well." —
Pete Dunn - Cape May Bird Observatory
"You treated us like Royalty and your energy and passion sparkled throughout our weekend." —
Valerie Brauer - Audubon of the Everglades, Field Trip Coordinator
"You were a big hit with the attendees of the South Regional American Birding Association Conference. We couldn't of done it without you." —
Chip, Assistant Coordinator of Events and Conferences A.B.A.
"How does she do that? (find the birds) She has been doing it all day." —
Everglades Bird Festival birder
"You learn the I.D"
"Intense Birding at a Relaxed Pace."
January 14-18, 2021
EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL Jan. 13-17, 2022
2021 EBF Cancelled for this year ONLY!!THANK YOU for your interest in the Everglades Birding Festival. It has been a disappointing year for us ALL and I am sorry to say we will not be having a 2021 festival. This would of been our 14th year. The 2020 festival was our biggest ever and sold out. We have had birders from 40 states and 6 countries. During the festivals we have an average of 160 species, with a high of 174 species in 2017 and a total of 245 different species seen of the years.
The Everglades Birding Festival being small with a maximum of 60, has always focused on a low ratio of expert guides to birder. Our festival is designed to have full day van trips to amazing birding destinations with a yummy picnic lunch. Although we keep the groups small with no more than 12 people, this still does not allow for proper social distancing. Many of our field trips are on boardwalks which also effects social distancing. It is for these reasons that we like many other festivals have canceled for this year only.
If things improve it is our hope that in 2022, we will be offering our special festival in the one of the TOP 10 Birding Destinations in the United States. Early registration starts August 15th and full registration starts on October the 15th. We really look forward to birding with you.
FYI:THANK YOU for your interest in the Everglades Birding Festival. It has been a disappointing year for us ALL and I am sorry to say we will not be having a 2021 festival. This would of been our 14th year. The 2020 festival was our biggest ever and sold out. We have had birders from 40 states and 6 countries. During the festivals we have an average of 160 species, with a high of 174 species in 2017 and a total of 245 different species seen of the years. The Everglades Birding Festival being small with a maximum of 60, has always focused on a low ratio of expert guides to birder. Our festival is designed to have full day van trips to amazing birding destinations with a yummy picnic lunch. Although we keep the groups small with no more than 12 people, this still does not allow for proper social distancing. Many of our field trips are on boardwalks which also effects social distancing. It is for these reasons that we like many other festivals have canceled for this year only. If things improve it is our hope that in 2022, we will be offering our special festival in the one of the TOP 10 Birding Destinations in the United States. Early registration starts August 15th and full registration starts on October the 15th. We really look forward to birding with you.
2021 EBF Cancelled for this year ONLY!!
In 2021 CANCELLED, Become One with the River of Grass.
Journey through southern Florida searching for an array of beautiful and rare birds in ancient moss-covered Cypress Swamps, Everglades prairies that join the sky, and brilliant beaches that sparkle with flashes of roseate wings. Scan across the tips of sawgrass searching the horizon for hovering Snail Kites, transverse over alligator ponds and hear the squeal of the elusive Limpkin. Watch and listen and see.
Imagine a place of peaceful relationship with nature, where the intense excitement of finding new birds merges with a serene sense of shared joy with fellow birders.
Increase your skills and knowledge base where expert instructors facilitate your participation in the birding experience and you learn the i.d.
Gain a deeper connection with the environment, becoming a Bird Seeker who joins the peaceful flow of the river of grass.
SNAIL KITE * LIMPKIN * WOOD STORK * PAINTEDBUNTING * ROSEATE SPOONBILL * SHORT-TAILED HAWK * PURPLE GALINULE * COMMON MYNA * CRESTED CARACARA * PARROTS * BURROWING OWL * RED-WHISKERED BULBUL * PRAIRIE WARBLERS * EGYPTIAN GOOSE*
TOP Florida Guides: Paddy Cunningham, Jim Eager, David Simpson.
Keynote Speaker & Guide: Richard Crossley
WHERE YOU LEARN THE I.D.
Feb. 2 — Common Birds of South Florida - Wading and Backyard Birds, 2-5 pm
Sat. April 18/Sun. April 19 - Weekend Adventure Getaway - Ft. DeSoto, Celery Field, Cecil Webb/Babcock
Bonnet House Birding
Bonnet House-Historic House & Gardens
900 N. Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 33304.
Class reservations contact Linda Schaller, (954) 563-5393. Ext 137.
March 1 - Birding by Habitat, 2-5 pm
- 250 plus species in Florida per year
- Gain Life Birds
- Find Rare Birds
- Patient Instruction
- Expert Guiding
- Meet New Friends
- Visit Beautiful Natural Areas
- Learn New Skills
- Improve your ability to identify and locate birds
*INTENSE FIELD TRIPS
OUR LAST TRIPS
SORRY BUT YOU ALREADY MISSED ... But, we'll be doing most of them again!
2019Oct. 5 & 6- Florida Keys Hawk Watch Weekend Adventure
October 17-20th Florida Birding & Nature Festival, Brandon, Florida
October 26 & 27 Fairchild Tropical Garden Bird & Wildlife Weekend
Sun. Nov. 3- The Wonderful World of Birding-Bonnet House
Sun.-Dec. 1-Ascend to Better Birding-Part I-The Tools of the Trade
2017October 29-Birding by Habitat-Bonnet House bird class & Richardson Park field trip
Sun., Nov. 12-Shorebirds Made Easier-Bonnet House bird class & Ft. Lauderdale Beach field trip
Sun., Nov. 19—Plantation Preserve Birding Audubon FREE walk 1:30-5:30 p.m.
December 10-Bird Behavior-A Key to Better I.D. Bonnet House bird class & Evergreen Cemetery trip
Sat. Dec. 16-Christmas Bird Count South Florida Audubon Society
Sat. Dec. 14-Christmas Bird Count South Florida Audubon Society
Sun. Jan. 5 Ascend to Better Birding-Part II-Ten steps to better identification bird class
Feb. 15-17-Florida Whirlwind SPARROW & Wintering Birds Search
March 1-Birding by Habitat
BELIZE TROPICAL ADVENTURE-March 22-28, 2019
Sat. April 18/Sun. April 19 Weekend Adventure Getaway
Jamaica Tropical Adventure June 13-18
2015JAN. 15-19 EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL
Sept. 1-MEETING-Audubon of the Everglades-Birding by Season-Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time Pine Jog Nature Center, 7 pm
Sept. 7-BIRD DAY FESTIVAL-Flamingo Gardens-South Florida, A Birders Paradise and Aviary Walk in the gardens
Sept. 20-BIRD CLASS- Hawks Galore, Bonnet House
Oct. 2-4 WINGS & WILDFLOWERS NATURE FESTIVAL
Oct. 10 - Race 4 Birds-Young Birders & Mentors Birding Competition
Oct. 11 - BIRD CLASS Ascend to Better Birding-Flamingo Gardens
Oct. 17 & 18 - WEEKEND ADVENTURE TRIP Florida Keys Hawk Watch and Raptors Galore.
Nov. 1 - BIRD CLASS Bird Behavior-A Key to Better I.D.-Flamingo Gardens
Nov. 8-BIRD CLASS Ascend to Better Birding-Bonnet House
Nov. 21 - FIELD TRIP Plantation Preserve Wetland, Plantation co-sponsored TAS
Nov. 22 - BIRD CLASS Birding by Season-Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time, Flamingo Gardens
Dec. 5 - FIELD TRIP STA 5-Stormwater Treatment Area 5 & Snake Road Prairies
Dec. 12 - FIELD TRIP Indian River Exploration and Shorebirds with Audubon of the Everglades.
DEC. 19 - CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
2013EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL. LaQuinta Inn,Plantation, JAN 17-21
Feb. 3, Birding Class, Bonnet House
FLORIDA PANHANDLE-ST. MARKS, WAKULA SPRING & more, FEB 16-18
March 3-Bird Class Bonnet House
March 14-16-BIG O Birding Festival, Clewiston, Florida
COSTA RICA-Monteverde, Rincon de la Vieja, Tenorio, MARCH 24-30
April 20-Earth Day, Birch State Park
May 4-Spring Migration, Birch S.P.
September 2 - Flamingo Gardens Bird Day - Labor Day
September 3 - Audubon of the Everglades Meeting - Pine Jog Environmental Center, West Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
September 15 & 29 - Flamingo Gardens Birding Classes - 2-5 p.m.
9/15 - Ascend to Better Birding
9/29 - Bird Behavior
October 5 & 6 - Wings & Wildflowers Festival - Lake County, Florida, Sat & Sat 10 a.m.
October 13 - Fairchild Tropical Gardens Bird Festival - Bird Behavior, A Key to Better Identification
October 19 & 20 - Florida Keys Hawk Watch Adventure
November 2 - Bonnet House - Ascend to Better Birding . Call (954) 563-5393 for reservations.
November 9-11 - Central Florida Adventure - Merrit Island, Viera Ponds, Three Lakes WMA
November 23 - Plantation Preserve
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Ascend to Better Birding II -- 2-5 p.m.-Bonnet House
JANUARY 28 & 29
Space Coast Birding Festival - Birding by Ear & Habitat
Central Fl. Getaway - Merrit Island N.W.R., Viera Ponds, Three Lakes WMA & more
Birding Workshop, Audubon of the Everglades, Pine Jog Env. Center
Gardening for Butterflies and Birds, Bonnet House 9 am-12 noon
Big "O" Birding Festival - Port Labelle Inn, S.T.A. 5, Slough trip, Warbler workshop, Advanced Birdin
West Coast Getaway - Sanibel Island, Six mile Cypress, Ft. Meyers Beach, Cecil Webb WMA
April 10 - Spring Migration - Deerfield Island & Gumbo Limbo Hammock
April 29 - May 1 - DRY TORTUGAS & FLORIDA KEYS-SPRING MIGRATION GETAWAY, Ft. Zachary Taylor SP, Big Pine Key NWR, North Key Largo, Dry Tortugas day trip
May 7 - Mother’s Day-Ladies Lets Go Birding
2018Jan 11-15-EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL
Sun. Jan 21-Ascend to Better Birding-Part I-The Tools of the Trade-Bonnet House class-2:00-5:00 p.m.
January 26, 27, & 28-Space Coast Birding Festival, Titusville, Fl. Birding by Ear & Habitat workshops
Sun. Feb 11-Ascend to Better Birding-Part II-A 10 step approach to better identification bird class
February 17-19-North Florida Weekend Adventure-St. Mark's NWR, Wakulla S.P., Paynes Prairie S.P., Panacea, and more.
March 11-Birding by Ear Bonnet House bird class
March 26-28 Grand Bahamas Tropical Adventure
April 7, Pelagic Adventure Trip, Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida Audubon Society
April 8, Warblers Made Easier, Bonnet House Bird Class
Sat April 21/Sun April 22 Ft. DeSoto, Celery Field, Cecil Webb/Babcock Weekend Adventure Getaway
Sat., April 28 Richardson Park & Evergreen Cemetery Birding FREE Audubon walk
Jamaica Tropical Adventure June 15-19
2016Jan. 10 - BIRD CLASS - Birding by Season, Right Bird, Right Place, Right Time, Bonnet House
Jan. 14-18 - SPECIAL EVENT - EVERGLADES BIRDING FESTIVAL
Feb. 5-7 - BIRDS OF A FEATHER FEST - Palm Coast, Fl. Speaker & Field Trip Leader
Feb. 13-15 - Big "O" Birding Festival - Speaker & Field Trip Leader, Labelle, Fl.
March 6 - BIRD CLASS - Birding by Ear & Habitat - Bonnet House
April 3-What Plant is it? - An Easy Guide to Identifying Native Plants, Bonnet House
April 23-24 - WEEKEND ADVENTURE TRIP - Ft. De Soto Park, Celery Fields, Cecil Webb/Babcock WMA
APRIL 30 - FIELD TRIP - Birch State Park & Evergreen Cemetery, co-sponsored by SFAS & TAS
May 1 - Gardening for Butterflies and Birds - Bonnet House
June 19-23 TROPICAL ADVENTURE - JAMAICA - Blue Mountains, Port Antonio hot spots.
September 8-9 -- Fl. Keys Hawks
2014January 16-20 - Everglades Birding Festival - La Quinta Inn, Plantation
February 2 - Bonnet House - Bird Behavior
March 1 - Bonnet House - Bird and Butterfly Gardening
March 2 - South Dade Wetlands Day Trip - Sponsored by Audubon of the Everglades.
March 9-12 - Big O Birding Festival - La Belle, Florida
March 23-28 - Tropical Birding Adventure - Visit Tropical Paradise
April 26-27 - Ft. De Soto - Spring Migration Adventure
May 3 - Birch State Park & Evergreen Cemetery
JUNE 13-17 - JAMAICA Adventure
JULY 30-AUG.9 - COLUMBIA - Western & Central Andes
Sept. 14, 21 & Oct. 19 Flamingo Gardens Bird Classes, 2-5 p.m.
Oct. 10-11 FLORIDA KEYS HAWK WATCH & Ft. Zach Taylor – DETAILS
Nov. 2 Bird Class Bonnet House
NOV. 8 & 9 MERRIT ISLAND NWR
2012Aug. 19-Ascend to Better Birding, Secret Woods
Aug. 18 or 25, Duda Farms,Shorebirds
Sept. 3-Bird Day-Flamingo Gardens
Sept. 23 Hawks Galore, Flamingo Gd.
EASTERN SHORE OF VA. KIPTOPEKE HAWK & BIRD WATCH, SEPT. 26-30
Oct 5 & 6-South Florida Birding Festival, Fairchild Gardens, Miami
FLORIDA KEYS HAWK GETAWAY - Ft. ZACKARY TAYLOR, OCT. 20-21
OCT. 28-OWLS, Flamingo Gardens
Nov. 3-Ascend to Better Birding, Bonnet House
CENTRAL FLORIDA-MINWR, 3 LAKES VIERA PONDS & more, NOV. 10-12
Dec. 2-Wading Birds & Waterfowl FG
Dec. 8-Plantation Preserve- 8 a.m.
2010August 28 DUDA FARMS SHOREBIRDS & MORE
October 3, Adult Birding Class-Sawgrass Nat. Center
OCTOBER-16-17-HAWK WATCH WEEKEND GETAWAY-Grassy Key State Park-Card Sound Road, Key Largo Botanical Ft. Zachary SP
10/29-Owl Prowl Night & 11/13-Ascend to Better Birding, Bonnet House
NOVEMBER 19-21, 2010-MERRIT ISLAND CENTRAL FLORIDA WEEKEND GETAWAY
Up to 100 species plus, Merrit Island NWR, Viera Ponds, 3 Lakes WMA,
Registered & hosted by Peak Performance Co.
Updated February 16, 2020