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Birding Festival flies south

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Festivalgoers can choose from 32 field trips to get a view of the state’s birds.

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 26, 2002


The annual Florida Birding Festival moves to St. Petersburg in order to be a more convenient launching point for field trips.

The annual Florida Birding Festival shifts south this year, from the Harborview Center in Clearwater to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

Organizers say the new location will be more convenient as a launching point for the dozens of field trips that make up the event, scheduled to coincide with the avian migrations to Central and South America.

Though the festival highlights other creatures as well (frogs, butterflies, the Florida panther), birds are the stars. Festivalgoers can choose from 32 field trips to spots such as Caladesi Island, Myakka River State Park, Egmont Key and Honeymoon Island. Prices range from $40 to $60.

The seminars cover topics such as bird photography, Florida snail kites, creating a landscape for wildlife, bald eagles and warblers. Each seminar is $5.

Space is limited, but spots remain open. Registration begins at 1 p.m. today.

Each evening will feature a keynote speaker. Those sessions are $10.

The speakers are:

Victor Emanual, founder and compiler of the Freeport Christmas Bird Count and head of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. 7:30 tonight, Dendy-McNair Auditorium.

Robert Pyle, author of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dendy-McNair Auditorium.

Peter Stangel, director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Neotropical Migrant Conservation Program. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dendy-McNair Auditorium.

PREVIEW

Florida Birding Festival, today through Sunday, with field trips and seminars at various locations. Nature Expo, which is free, runs noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Fox Hall at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Festival registration of $10 required for those attending field trips and/or seminars; field trip and seminar costs and schedule vary. Toll-free 1-877-352-2473 or www.pcef.org.

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