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Wildlife Festival starts today, Birdapalooza begins on Saturday

Welcome to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza!

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza is a weekend event that is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. You can add to your life list while exploring a unique birding area.

Today and Sunday, participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore property and other nearby sites, sponsored by Orange Audubon Society. Trips will search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented, plus recently sighted rarities.

Timing is perfect to see a multitude of overwintering and resident species.

On Saturday enjoy the free Birdapalooza Festival, now in its 5th year. At Birdapalooza, you can observe bird banding, take a guided bus ride and/or guided hike to see additional birds, and check out exhibits, live animal displays, music, nature-inspired merchandise sales and food trucks.

What is Birdapalooza? A celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home on the north shore of Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake, including:

Free birding/nature tours of the Lake Apopka North Shore area led by veteran guides

Nature photography hike

Live entertainment

Vendors and exhibitors specializing in outdoor recreation, birding gear and old Florida crafts and products

Food trucks and other refreshments

The restoration of Lake Apopka is beginning to take hold. Bird surveys show that more than 360 different species of birds have been identified in the Lake Apopka North Shore, more species than can be found at any inland site in the state of Florida.

Quickly and quietly, the Lake Apopka North Shore has developed a reputation among birding enthusiasts nationwide as a great place to spot rare and spectacular birds, including:

Raptors: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Swallow-tailed Kites and Northern Harrier hawks

Wading birds: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Purple Gallinules

Waterfowl: Anhingas, Ring-necked Ducks and Mottled Ducks.



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