Welcome to the first annual Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival –
Gainesville’s International Migratory Bird Day Event
April 18-20, 2014!
Gainesville, Florida is widely known for its nature, sustainability and innovation and we want to share it with you! We are home to nearby springs, birds, butterflies, and bats! We have hundreds of acres of County and Water Management District conservation areas in which to go birding and hiking, two state parks, the Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole, Cedar Key and its surrounding scrub and gulf coast waters, Ocala National Forest with scrub jays and red-cockaded woodpeckers, and we have bison, wild Spanish horses and more. Check out our festival blog posts to follow the planning of the festival!
Programs will feature birding and nature photography tours and paddling trips to our local springs and the Suwanee, Santa Fe and Ocklawaha Rivers. We will hike with the Florida Trail Association, headquartered locally, host tours of the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Lubee Bat Conservancy will open its doors for tours from noon to 5:00pm for festival participants, and we will host a sunset tour of Lake Alice and the University of Florida bat houses on campus. Lectures will include Florida sinkhole geology, an introduction to birding, the history of birding in Gainesville, and nature photography topics.
The weekend will also be host to the City of Gainesville’s Farm and Forest Festival as well as the Florida Natural History Museum’s three day Earth Day Celebration. It is a great time to be in Gainesville and a perfect time for Alumni to visit and show your family where you went to college!
This year’s event will be held from April 18-20, 2014 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Gainesville: 101 S.E. 1st Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 240-9300.
For more information or to contact us about the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival, contact us at Terri at GainesvilleEcotours dot com or (904) 704-4087.
The Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival is organized by Gainesville Ecotours with the help of Visit Gainesville, Adventure Outpost, Wild Florida Adventures, birders from Alachua Audubon Society, John Reed Photography, Gainesville Connect, Eco Agro Trails, and Visit Florida.