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Panhandle Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Guidebook

Panhandle Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Guidebook

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The new Panhandle Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail guidebook features 78 top birding and wildlife viewing destinations in 16 counties. This full-color, 60-page guide includes butterfly viewing information for the first time, plus GPS coordinates, street addresses and much more.
The new Panhandle Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail guidebook features 78 top birding and wildlife viewing destinations in 16 counties. This full-color, 60-page guide includes butterfly viewing information for the first time, plus GPS coordinates, street addresses and much more.

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Great Florida Birdingand Wildlife Trail
Panhandle Section
 
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How to Use this Guide
We hope this guide will help you quickly and easily identiyPanhandle Section birding and wildlie viewing sites o interest to you. Sites have met criteria ensuring they are goodor birding, and are able to withstand birder use. Maps show“clusters” o 1 to 10 sites within an hour’s drive o one another. The map above shows the locations o these clusters; theletter in each box corresponds to the map or that cluster.Descriptions and directions or sites accompany each clustermap. You may want to use the maps in this guide along with amore detailed map book, such as a DeLorme Florida Atlas andGazetteer.
Map Key
(see page 3 or City Locator)
APerdido ClusterBMigrant’s Rest ClusterCBlackwater ClusterDChoctawhatchee ClusterEDogwood ClusterFKentucky Warbler ClusterGIndigo Bunting ClusterHCape ClusterIPitcher Plant & Peregrine ClusterJBlus ClusterKTalquin ClusterLWhite-breasted Nuthatch ClusterMMississippi Kite Cluster
Legend
Not a primary Trail site, but “Worth A Visit”i you’re already in the areaSome viewing is barrier-reeSites good or beginnersSites best or those with abilityto ID bird calls
Restroom available
Entrance ee required Tours, educational signage and/or nature center on siteSeasonal hunting on siteAccess by appointment onlySite can be birded by carSite can be birded by boatSite can be birded by ootSite can be birded by bicycleSite can be birded by horseback Site is good or a single sought-ater speciesCamping availableSite has good butterfy viewingBest months or each site will be shaded
 
Best time o day or birding: morning, evening, bothmorning and evening, and all day
 
Recommended length o visit: quick stop, a ewhours, all day
 
 
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How were these sites selected?
Each o the sites in this guide was originally chosen orits birdwatching characteristics, accessibility and abilityto withstand birder use. This is not to say there aren’tother places to watch birds, rom traditional sites thathave opened since this printing, to nontraditional sitessuch as landlls that did not meet the Trail’s criteria.In other words, keep your eyes peeled! Some o the best birding opportunities are feeting andspontaneous. You never know what you may nd!
Gateways
Gateway sites provide more extensive Trail-relatedresources, have loaner optics available on-site, and actas hubs o regional birding inormation. The PanhandleSection has two gateways: Big Lagoon State Park(site # 1) in Pensacola and St. Marks National WildlieReuge (site # 72) near St. Marks.The West Florida Section has two gateways: PaynesPrairie Preserve State Park (Gainesville) and FortDe Soto Park (St. Petersburg). Three gateways wereselected or the East Florida Section: Fort Clinch StatePark (Fernandina Beach), Merritt Island National WildlieReuge (Titusville) and Tenoroc Fish ManagementArea (Lakeland). Lastly, the South Florida Section hastwo gateways: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Naples)
City Locator
City Map City Map
Apalachicola I Laguna Beach GBristol J Marianna Carrabelle Beach I Mexico Beach HChattahoochee J Milton CChipley F Panama City GCrawordville M Pensacola BCrestview C Port St. Joe HDe Funiak Springs E Quincy KDestin D Sopchoppy MGrayton Beach D St. Marks MGul Beach A Sumatra IGul Breeze B Tallahassee Land Loxahatchee National Wildlie Reuge (BoyntonBeach). Each o these sites has sta on hand to answerquestions about the Birding and Wildlie Trail, kiosks withinormation about the Trail structure and visitor centersoering inormation about birding classes and eventsoccurring across the state. Hop on the Birding andWildlie Trail at a Gateway and get o to a fying start!
Trail Tips
Loaner optics are available ree o charge at allGateways, as well as at additional sites as marked in thesite descriptions!When birding and wildlie viewing:Take sunscreen, a hat, water and bug spray.Make reservations in advance or “by-appointmentonly” sites.Check seasonality o the site; are you visiting atthe right time o year?
Wildlife Watching Vocabulary
Some words used in this guide are specic to birdersand wildlie viewers. Bone up on the ollowing lingo soyou’ll blend in at your next birding dinner party!
Bayhead:
orested wetland (swamp) usually dominatedby evergreen trees and shrubs.
Birding by ear:
the ability to identiy birds by their songor call.
Ecotone:
the interace between two habitat types.
Fallout:
the sudden appearance o large numbers o migratory birds, usually songbirds, as a result o a stormor cold ront.
Forage:
to look or ood.
Kettle:
a dense group o birds circling in a warm-airthermal to gain altitude (typically raptors in migration).
Overwintering:
describes any bird that spends the winterin Florida but breeds elsewhere.
Peeps:
slang or any number o small shorebirds thatorage in mixed focks.
Scoping:
scanning with a spotting scope.
Stoop:
to plunge dramatically in fight, as PeregrineFalcons do when hunting.
Stopover:
a location where birds rest and eed beorecontinuing on their migration.
Wrackline:
the line o seaweed and fotsam at the hightide line on beaches.
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