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Kayak, Hike & Bird-Watch on Day 1 of Central Florida Naturefest 2012

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 by

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Central Florida’s NatureFest is right aroung the corner! Participate in activities including birding, hiking, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, star gazing and air boat tours over the course of four days. Beginning Thursday, October 4 and lasting through Sunday, October 7, this nature weekend will be packed with excursions led by area wildlife experts who have years of knowledge and passion in their fields of expertise. NatureFest will give participants exclusive access to some of Central Florida’s premier nature parks and reserves.

Excursions are limited to specific amounts of people, so be sure to register now! Registration is open and available online. For more details and day-by-day excursion listings, please visit: VisitCentralFlorida.org.

Thursday, October 4 excursions include:

Fall Bird Migration Hike at Mosaic Peace River Park

Excursion Details
(Day 1)

  • Thursday, October 4 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • TYPE: Birds
  • COST (PER PERSON): $5.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: Mosaic Peace River Park Picnic Shelter
    Address2200 CR 640 (Homeland-Garfield Rd), Homeland, FL 33830

Experience the fall bird migration with this Day 1 excursion taking place, Thursday, October 4 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Mosaic Peace River Park in Homeland. Take a stroll down a boardwalk meandering through a wooded area reaching Peace River, and stick around to try to spot short-tailed hawks from the upper parking area. Scope out birds with local birder Paul Fellers who truly knows his stuff on this hike.

Fall Bird Migration NatureFest 2012

What To Expect?

Enjoy scenic vistas from the mile long boardwalk that winds through the floodplain to the river. See wildflowers, air plants and wildlife and learn about the Peace River ecosystem from educational signage posted along the way. Stop and listen to the wind blowing through the tall trees.

Your Excursion Guide:

Paul Fellers
For over 45 years, Dr. Paul Fellers has led birding and wildflower tours throughout Central Florida and throughout those years, this lifelong conservationist has donated his expertise to lead members of the Audubon Society, The Native Plant Society and many other groups, along with coordinating the Christmas Bird Counts in Polk County.

What to Bring?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks or Picnic Lunch
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Bird ID Book (if applicable)

Reedy Creek Advanced Kayak Excursion

Excursion Details
(Day 1)

  • Thursday, October 4 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 9
  • WHERE TO MEET: Lake Arbuckle Boat Ramp
    Address: 2600 Lake Arbuckle Road, Frostproof, FL 33843

Calling all intermediate to advanced paddlers! Get ready for an afternoon of exploration and fun as you paddle the creek that meanders through the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest while taking in the views that surround you on Frostproof’s Lake Arbuckle. There is no telling what you will see along the way on this Day 1 excursion! Kayaks will be provided for this guided tour led by Andy Quinn and Dave Butcher.

Reedy Creek Advanced Kayak NatureFest 2012

What to Expect?

There is potential you may get wet while on this excursion. You do not have to be a professional at kayaking, but be aware this is a wild creek and you may have to maneuver around obstacles and floating vegetation.

Your Excursion Guide:

Andy Quinn and Dave Butcher
Andy Quinn: As Sierra Club’s Field Trip Outings Coordinator, Andy has led guided kayak tours all across Polk County. He has completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program – Wetlands Module and is an enthusiastic conservationist.

Dave Butcher: The Forest Resource Administrator for the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest has many years of experience in forestry, but also has the overall vision of the forest. Dave will paddle with the group and point out natural resource management techniques and challenges along the way. He also has a great knowledge of the history of the area.

What to Bring?

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
  • waterproof bag for your belongings

Night Owl Hike and Tram Tour at Circle B Bar Reserve

Excursion Details
(Day 1)

  • Thursday, October 4 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $12.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: Circle B Bar Reserve
    Address: 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803

Like the outdoors better when the sun sets? Come along on this Night Owl tour to explore what the woods around Lake Hancock have to offer after dark by hiking as well as taking a tram tour. This Night Owl Hike and Tram Tour is a Day 1 excursion taking place on Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m. Spy the resident owls and blend in with the local frogs as guide Keeli Carlton-Carmichael leads you along the paths of Circle B Bar Reserve. The real adventure of the night will begin when the group reaches the lake edge and does their own gator counts!
Night Owl Hike and Tram Tour NatureFest 2012

What to Expect?

Be ready to let your senses take over as the group hikes and rides in the tram through complete darkness.

Your Excursion Guide:

Keeli Carlton-Carmichael
Keeli Carlton-Carmichael is a proud NATIVE Floridian who has worked for Polk County Environmental Lands Program for the past three years and loves to educate people of all ages about the importance of Florida’s Natural Resources. Keeli is a Rollins College Alumni with a degree in Environmental Studies and a passion for the environment in which she lives.

What to Bring?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellent

 

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