From the St. John’s River Water Management District

Known for their enticing wildlife habitats, two of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s properties are being featured during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

WHAT: Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

WHEN: Jan. 25th–30th

WHERE: Multiple locations

 Participants can register for a guided tour of Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park set to take place Jan. 29. The area covers 9,387 acres of flatwoods and open prairies that straddle the Econlockhatchee River in east Orange County. On Jan. 26–28 participants can take guided tours of Lake Apopka North Shore, which has become one of the premier locations to observe birds in the southeastern United States.heron

Preregistration is required.

To learn more about the festival, including registering for events visit

About the St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay.


  1. Just wanted to post my comment about a photo that I viewed on the City of Apopka’s website of a bobcat in a tree that was seen on the Apopka Wildlife Loop around Lake Apopka, that I viewed on the city’s website today, Friday, 1/27/17. It sure looks more like a panther than a bobcat to me. That is what it looks like to me, looking at the photo. It would not be unheard of around these parts. Panthers are tan colored. That one in the tree looks tan. Bobcats are gray. The one in the photo is not gray. I have seen panthers in real life, but not in the wild, and bobcats the same way. Also I constantly get charity mail from the big cat rescue groups and get the different photos of wild cats and information. Seeing is believing….it is a panther in that tree!!!!


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