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.
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.
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.
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!
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 MyFWC.com/Chinsegut.
For more photos from this event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150891644806982.522829.123289366981&type=3
We hope to soon have a video up on our youtube channel as well: http://www.youtube.com/user/Notacluegal?feature=guide