The 14th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival continues its multiple location options as the Key West Tropical Forest and Butterfly Garden hosts guided birding and garden tours today, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m., given by the Miami Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Also at the forest, a wine and cheese social is followed by a presentation, Capturing Birds and Wildlife “Through the Lens,” by award winning nature photographers Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez, starting at 5:30 p.m. today. Call to register: 305-296-1504 or email: email@example.com
Butterflies at the Fort Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 601 Howard England Way, Key West is led by Dennis Olle of the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association at 10 a.m. today. Cost is $5.
Birds in the Forest (and other neat stuff too!) is at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, mile marker 4 on College Road, Stock Island (just east of Key West) from 10 a.m.-noon today. Cost is a $10 donation to Garden. Offering a docent tour and bird watching opportunity at the 15-acre Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, a frost free tropical moist forest unique to the lower keys cataloging 176 species of birds since 2004 and historically 52 species of butterflies with 38 species counted over the past 6 years. The walk features hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, butterfly gardens and other unique natural settings.
At the Key West Wildlife Center, there’s a Behind the Scene Tour of Clinic and Aviaries at 1801 White St, Key West Saturday and Sunday, at 11 a.m. and lasting one hour. A maximum of 20 people may go. Ther is no cost, but donations are greatly appreciated. The tour encompasses a behind the scenes look at the clinic, aviaries, and grounds of a working wildlife center. The Key West Wildlife Center focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and returning native birds to the wild. A wild bird release will be part of the program if conditions allow for that possibility. The Center is wheelchair accessible. Restrooms and water will be available at the Wildlife Center’s pavilion.
A family-friendly environmental fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Curry Hammock State Park, MM 56.6 oceanside in Marathon, offers free entry to the park A guided beach hike and kayak tours, chance to see wildlife up close thanks to Everglades Outpost, and a scavenger hunt are part of the day’s activities. Visit www.keysbirdingfest.com or call 305-304-9625 for more information.