Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival March 2012

Festivities kicked off with a day camp for kids ages 8-12. Friday night following camp a dinner and special presentation by swallow-tailed kite expert Ken Meyer was the talk of the town! The Saturday following was Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival featuring wildlife hikes and presentations on a variety of subjects, including birds, bird-watching basics, reptiles, K-9 demonstrations, native plants and butterflies, as well as items for sale, including food and drinks. This was also the first year for the Arts in the Woods.

Swallow-Tailed Kites in Flight

Friday night was a presentation I was very much looking forward to! Swallow-tailed kite expert Ken Meyer detailed the incredible journey that swallow-tailed kites make from Florida, across the Gulf to South America and back again.

Migration Pattern of Swallow Tailed Kites

The cost for the evening program was only $20 and we had a wonderful meal catered by Papa Joe’s. It was amazing to learn so much about these wonderful raptors from the man that knows them best!

The Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival wrapped up Saturday. All events were free of charge. Featured activities were numerous scheduled hikes and presentations about Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers, burrowing owls, butterflies, Art in the Woods, birding, nature photography, landscaping for wildlife, plants and phenology – the study of regularly recurring biological phenomena influenced by climatic conditions – and more.

Group heading out to see the Burrowing Owls

There were fun activities for the kids, including the junior birder program, building a bird feeder and the “Animal Olympics.” Local vendors were there providing food and drink and wildlife-related items for sale. 

This was a fun week and a great ending. I encourage you to look for this event again next year and take the kids!

Bird Tagging

Lectures on Florida Wildlife

Chinsegut Conservation Center is located just north of Brooksville off U.S. 41, at 23212 Lake Lindsey Road. From I-75, take State Road 50 west to Brooksville, go north on U.S. 41 seven miles to County Road 476 and then go west one mile to the entrance gate on the left.

If you would like more information about Chinsegut Conservation Center and other programs it hosts, visit

For more photos from this event please visit:

We hope to soon have a video up on our youtube channel as well:

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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