I’ve always been a lover of the outdoors and can never keep my eyes off the birds as they do the amazing things they do. A few years ago I bought a Nikon D90 and have since then found myself searching for places to go and view new life birds.
Unfortunately, I don’t often have the time or the money to travel as much as I’d like. But I’ve been blessed with the fact that the campus where I work is a bird magnet. You never know what you might see when you walk outside where I work, but you’re almost guaranteed to see one family or another busy tending to their work while I take a break from mine. I’ve taken many great photos there! But whether or not I have the camera out; it’s a great thing to be able to walk outside and know I can immerse myself in their world for a moment.
In Florida, I’m surrounded by hundreds of choices of places to go for wildlife viewing. The state parks, wildlife management areas and national parks are fantastic for finding different species – especially during the winter. The birds love the beaches and we have plenty of dunes.
And the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a resource I’ll never be able to exhaust. Florida is 500 miles long and 160 miles wide. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is 2,000 miles and connects nearly 500 birding and wildlife viewing sites throughout Florida.
There are many people I know who don’t appreciate the beauty of nature. They’re also blissfully unaware of the statistics of the economic impact of wildlife viewing in Florida. Wildlife viewing has become big business in Florida because more and more people are discovering the enjoyment to be had in going for a walk off the asphalt path.
In fact, in the past two years wildlife viewing has surpassed all other outdoor recreation in the state according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The economic impact pumps billions of dollars into our economy through hotel bookings, retail sales and state taxes. Yes, birding is great here in Florida!
Northeast Florida Birding will mostly showcase my photography, as well as provide other information that my fellow birders will find useful.
The Florida Birding section contains birding links.
The Galleries section has some of my better photography.
And be sure to check out the Spreadsheets. It contains quick-reference pages that I found useful to put together to keep from having to search here and there for the information.
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