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Endangered Species, Swamp Buggy Butterfly & Night Tram Tours on Day 2 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

Posted on September 5th, 2012 by

Categories: Event, General, Nature, Upcoming

We are counting down the weeks until Central Florida NatureFest 2012! NatureFest is the chance for visitors and residents both to participate in activities that include birding, hiking, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, star-gazing and airboating over the course of four days. Not to mention, this four-day festival will give participants exclusive access to some of Central Florida’s premier nature parks and reserves! Beginning Thursday, October 4 and lasting through Sunday, October 7, this nature weekend is sure to be packed with excursions led by area wildlife experts full of knowledge and passion in their fields of expertise.

Excursions are limited to a specific number of people. Be sure to register now so you don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Registration is open and available online.
For more details and day-by-day excursion listings, please visit:  VisitCentralFlorida.org.

Day 2 (Friday, October 5) excursions continued:

EXCLUSIVE ENDANGERED SPECIES TOUR AT AVON PARK AIR FORCE RANGE

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Combo
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: Avon Park Air Force Range
    Address29 South Blvd., Avon Park, FL 33825

Ever heard the term “listed species” and wondered what goes into the protection of the species? If so, this is a trip you do not want to miss out on! Join the scientists that spend countless hours in the field with these species for an action-packed V.I.P tour of certain restoration zones of the Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range. Visit the Red Cockaded Woodpeckers habitat in a longleaf pine forest, mingle with the curious Florida Scrub Jays, imagine you are a grasshopper sparrow searching for the perfect spot to nest among the grassland and, last but not least, get to ground level with the burrowing animals of this ancient habitat.

Endangered Species Tour NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The entire trip including the lunch break will be in the field. This excursion includes transportation around the air force range.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Troy Hershberger
Troy Hershberger has been a wildlife biologist for the federal government for over 12 years. He has a B.S. from the University of Maryland-College Park and a M.S. in Environmental Biology from Hood College. Together with the rest of their family, he spends a lot of time outdoors studying nature.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes

BUTTERFLIES BY SWAMP BUGGY AT DISNEY WILDERNESS PRESERVE

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: Disney Wilderness Preserve
    Address: 2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34759

All aboard the Swamp Buggy! Be ready to hang-on while your guides point out butterflies and nature’s beauty. This is a spectacular excursion that everyone can enjoy. Not to mention, fall is the best time for butterflies in our area when wildflowers are abundant. Disney Wilderness Preserve is a mosaic of habitats such as marshes, lake edges, open meadows, flat woods and roadsides, and all of these areas are attractive to butterflies.

Butterflies By Swamp Buggy NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Located south of Orlando, the 12,000-acre preserve straddles the headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem. Bordered by cypress-ringed Lake Russell, with one of the area’s last undeveloped lakefronts, the preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. It anchors a mosaic of protected Central Florida lands where visitors can step back into time.

The swamp buggy requires the ability to climb up and down a ladder multiple times throughout the day.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Buck and Linda Cooper
Buck and Linda are Central Florida’s Lepidoptera experts, and this husband and wife team has traveled the world following their passion of butterflies. From Mexico to Texas and back home to Florida, this dynamic duo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this field trip. Their witty humor and friendly manner will leave you loving butterflies like you never thought possible.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Butterfly ID Book
  • Brown Bag Lunch

NIGHT TRAM TOUR AT COLT CREEK STATE PARK

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 25
  • WHERE TO MEET: Colt Creek State Park
    Address: 16000 State Road 471, Lakeland, FL 33809

This two hour tram tour takes visitors on an eight mile journey throughout the park in the light of the moon. The natural and cultural history of the park will be shared along the way with a perfect opportunity to see some creatures of the night. Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight and insect repellant. Included in this excursion is FREE admission to Colt Creek State Park.

Night Tram Tour NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Comprised mainly of Pine Flatwoods, Cypress Domes and open pasture land, this piece of pristine wilderness is home to many animal species including the American Bald Eagle, Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, Gopher Tortoise, White-Tail Deer, Wild Turkey and Bobcat.

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to board and disembark from a tram independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated and balanced in a stationary plastic seat or adaptive equipment while withstanding slight bumps and vibrations for 120 minutes either independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to tolerate dusty conditions.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Scott Spaulding
Scott Spaulding was the first Park Manager for Colt Creek State Park. Scott has worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the State Parks for many years at different State Parks across Florida. Scott brings a unique mix of park management, love for the land and love for the people to his job and provides education and entertainment in all of his programs.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flashlight

 

Other Central Florida NatureFest 2012 posts:
Kayak, Hike & Bird-Watch On Day 1 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

Air Boat, Wildflower & Green Swamp Tours On Day 2 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

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