Purple GallinuleThis beautifully colored 'swamp hen' can be seen walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs.
Busy BeesLearn about the importance of our pollinators during the Festival.
Garberia and ButterfliesThis native Florida shrub mostly flowers in the late fall and is a favorite of butterflies and pollinators.
Purple Passion FlowerThis beautifully exotic Florida native is a larval host plant for numerous butterlfies including the Gulf fritillary and Zebra Longwing.
Emeralda MarshBirds of various kinds are found in abundance at Emeralda Marsh.
Roseate SkimmerThis beautiful dragonfly is found in a wide range of habitats, but usually requires open water, which makes Lake County a great home!
Skipper on Scrub MintScrub mint can only be found in the Florida Scrub habitat which is a rapidly disappearing type of plant community. It can only be found in Central Florida.
Prairie WarblerFound in scrubby fields and forests throughout the eastern and south-central United States.
Nutthall's ThistleGrowing up ito 5 feet tall, this pretty but prickly native serves as a host plant for ladybugs and butterflies.
Lake County, Florida - A premiere birding destination!
Bird Watching Tips
Try to observe and photograph birds without disturbing them. Hide in the vegetation or stand right next to a tree while observing the birds, they may come closer.
Stay on existing roads and trails to avoid trampling fragile habitat.
The best time to watch for perching birds is the first two hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset. Ducks, waders and shorebirds can be observed all day. On light rainy days birds normally are active most of the day.
Wear light clothes of natural colors — preferably khaki, green etc. Avoid clothing that may snag easily or will rustle.
At all times make as little noise as possible and talk with a low voice or whisper in order not to scare the birds away.
Walk slowly and make no speedy movements. Remember an experienced bird watcher may walk less than a mile an hour.
When with a group of bird watchers, always stay together in one flock so that no one walks ahead or falls behind.
Do not stay near nests of birds and never take their young or their eggs.