• The Great Florida Birding Trail runs right through Jacksonville. Find out more about the trail details.
    Red Shouldered Hawk

    Jacksonville's parks are perfect for birding.

    The Great Florida Birding Trail runs right through Jacksonville. Find out more about the trail details. Learn More

  • Fort Clinch State Park offers serious bird-watching and historic sites. Get more information about Jacksonville's parks.
    The Canons at Fort Clinch State Park

    Visit Fort Clinch for the birding and the history!

    Fort Clinch State Park offers serious bird-watching and historic sites. Get more information about Jacksonville's parks. Learn More


Birding

Bring your binoculars!

Northeast Florida’s moderate temperatures, diverse habitats, and migratory route location, make it a popular birding destination.  The 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail, designated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is a self-guided trail complete with detailed guide books showing pecies descriptions, directions, and maps of birding opportunity sites.

One of the Trail's designated "gateway" sites is Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park. Scan the shoreline of this park for laughing, ring-billed herring, great black-backed gulls, royal terns and other shorebirds. In the spring and summer, stay alert for glimpses of the brilliantly plumaged painted bunting.

Huguenot Memorial Park is another designated Great Florida Birding Trail site where birders are likely to spot gannets, loons, and sea ducks. This park includes a critical nesting area for terns and shorebirds, and often hosts rarities like bar-tailed godwits.

Visit Little Talbot Island in the spring to observe the migratory red knot as it makes its layover stop between Argentina and Canada. Spectators can observe these birds as they feed on surf clams to build up their strength and fat reserves for the final push to reach their breeding grounds up north.

Birders may want to rent a canoe or kayak from Kayak Amelia, in order  to view the hundreds of bird species that make their homes in inland salt marshes, which are inaccessible by foot.

Area attractions also offer opportunities to spot rare birds. Take a walk through the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park’s wild rookery or photograph beautiful specimens at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.



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Instructor Ann Evans with Cypress Creative Floral Design will host two afternoon flower arranging workshops. Each workshop will include all arrangement supplies, discussions on selecting the right flowers, proper stem cutting, as well as handy tricks and

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    Chanukah at The Landing

    Chanukah at The Landing 1 p.m. Celebrate Chanukah with live music, food, games and the lighting of the menorah. (Event located on Hogan Street near the gazebo.)

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    High Tea at One Ocean

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    Synchronized Nightly Tree Light Shows

    Featuring all new light synchronization and music for the 2014 season! The Landing's 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening performing a 10-minute synchronized light show…

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    2014 Holiday on the River Concert and Dance Series

    Daily and evening live performances by local schools, churches and dance groups. Performances take place in front of the 56-foot Christmas tree in the Courtyard during…

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    Live Music by Natalie Nicole Green Band

    Live music on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage by Natalie Nicole Green Band 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

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    TRIVIA 8pm

    You may be smarter than a 5th grader but how are you at trivia? Join us at Fionn's every Tuesday at 8pm for TRIVIA and a pint!

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    TRIVIA

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    Culinary Christmas

    Guests celebrate Christmas Eve with a delectable à la carte menu of inspired holiday options at Azurea from 5:30 – 10 p.m., before retreating to guest rooms in hopes…

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