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Amelia Islander

Great Florida Birding Trail in Our Backyard

Jul 05, 2013 07:34AM
The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network of 514 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent bird watching, wildlife viewing, and educational opportunities. This 2,000-mile, self-guided highway trail is designed to conserve and enhance Florida's wildlife habitats by promoting birding and wildlife viewing activities, conservation education, and economic opportunity.

Living on Amelia Island, The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is in our own backyard. Locations include Fort Clinch State Park, Eagan’s Creek Greenway, the Nature Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks.

Traditionally, only local birders knew about the great birding and wildlife watching sites in their area. Most publicity went to federal and state sites, such as J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Everglades National Park. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail now groups prominent viewing sites with smaller local sites to spread out wildlife watchers and their eco-tourism dollars into the surrounding communities.

For information and trail guides visit www.floridabirdingtrail.com.