Please enter your name here Reply Reply Hey Reg, How rich we are to have such a rich variety of bird life in the area of Apopka. One of my favorite birds is old iron head, or the black headed stork, or as he is commonly known, the wood stork. He is ugly to the extreme, and stodgy, and beautiful in his own way. I have videotaped the wood stork eating a fish that was larger than his head. Well, his efforts had to count for something. Keep up the fine work, Charles Towne Wildlife Festival starts today, Birdapalooza begins on SaturdayWelcome to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza!The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza is a weekend event that is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. You can add to your life list while exploring a unique birding area. Today and Sunday, participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore property and other nearby sites, sponsored by Orange Audubon Society. Trips will search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented, plus recently sighted rarities.Timing is perfect to see a multitude of overwintering and resident species.On Saturday enjoy the free Birdapalooza Festival, now in its 5th year. At Birdapalooza, you can observe bird banding, take a guided bus ride and/or guided hike to see additional birds, and check out exhibits, live animal displays, music, nature-inspired merchandise sales and food trucks.What is Birdapalooza? A celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home on the north shore of Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake, including:Free birding/nature tours of the Lake Apopka North Shore area led by veteran guidesNature photography hikeLive entertainmentVendors and exhibitors specializing in outdoor recreation, birding gear and old Florida crafts and productsFood trucks and other refreshmentsThe restoration of Lake Apopka is beginning to take hold. Bird surveys show that more than 360 different species of birds have been identified in the Lake Apopka North Shore, more species than can be found at any inland site in the state of Florida.Quickly and quietly, the Lake Apopka North Shore has developed a reputation among birding enthusiasts nationwide as a great place to spot rare and spectacular birds, including:Raptors: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Swallow-tailed Kites and Northern Harrier hawksWading birds: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Purple GallinulesWaterfowl: Anhingas, Ring-necked Ducks and Mottled Ducks. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Great egret Charles Towne January 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm Try saying that fast 10 times……………. Mama Mia Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 3 COMMENTS Reply TAGSBirdapalooza Previous articleBusiness Development Series presents Social Media SeminarNext articleArrests in Pine Hills on the R.I.S.E. Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BIRDAPOPKAPALOOZA ! Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter January 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.