The islands of the Florida Keys are a mecca for birdwatchers in the fall, as tens of thousands of birds wing their way to more hospitable wintering grounds.
The 16th annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, set for Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 28, capitalizes on the islands’ abundant public lands to introduce people to these migrating birds and the local flora and fauna.
The six-day festival includes a variety of activities from Key Largo to Key West. Signature events include an excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, guided bird and butterfly walks, wildlife photography workshops, an environmental fair, the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, sunset sails and boat trips into the backcountry.
The festival is anchored at Curry Hammock State Park, mile marker 56.2, which is also home to the annual Florida Keys Hawkwatch, a citizen science effort that monitors the fall raptor migration over the islands.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit keysbirdingfest.org.