Places to Go Birding

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - widely known for its bird population, this one-way 11 mile drive begins at Lust Road and ends at Jones Road

Great Florida Birding Trail - a network of 510 premier wildlife viewing sites across the state. 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - offers wildlife-dependent recreation including fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Leu Gardens - 50-acre botanical oasis designed specifically to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants.

Mead Botanical Garden - 48-acre urban oasis with a mission to enrich the community through the discovery, enjoyment and celebration of nature and the cultural arts.


Identifying and Reporting Birds

Cornell Lab of Ornithology - use Cornell's Bird Guide to search for
and identify different bird species.  

eBird - a real-time online checklist where birders can report sightings
and access information about bird species within a particular area.


Bird Organizations

Florida Bluebird Society - conservation and protection of bluebirds
and other federally protected cavity nesting bird species.

Florida Scrub Jay Trail - increasing awareness about the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, and native plant species. 

Orange Audubon Society - promoting public understanding of, and an interest in, wildlife and the environment that supports it. 

Seminole Audubon Society - promoting awareness and protection of the plants and animals in the St. Johns River basin in order to sustain the beneficial coexistence of nature and humans.

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey - focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida’s raptors. 


Bird and Wildlife Injury & Rehabilitation

Found a Baby Bird? - information about what to do if you've found a baby bird. 

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Central Florida - provides shelter, food, and medical treatment to injured wildlife with a goal of rehabilitating and releasing back into the wild.