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- Sep 22 2018 - Sep 23 2018
- 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fall Migration Mania
One of the best annual events | Fall Migration Mania.
Join the flock and explore more about the natural wonder of migration by attending one of the events of the Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania Birding & Nature Adventure offered by the Key West Botanical Garden Society and the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine. Sept. 21-23, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary of enjoying the wonders of the annual migration at two iconic bird and butterfly hot spots in the Lower Keys.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. With one exception, all events are held at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road, Key West. Parking is available and most areas are accessible to all. The exception: The 7-10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, birding tour at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine. Please call (305) 304-9625 for additional information on the Big Pine event and to make Big Pine reservations.
2. Registration reservations are required for all events held in the Garden. Please make reservations here on the website.
3. There is a $10 fee for each of the events. Current Garden members are free; we ask that you also register so we have an accurate headcount.
4. Some tickets will be available at the Garden gate on Saturday morning — but we ask that you register and pay in advance so we can prepare to welcome you.
5. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. A hat is always a good idea. And, of course, bring your cameras and binoculars!
Reserve your tickets for Garden events:
Click on the Registration button at the left to make your reservations. You may purchase tickets individually or as a package. If you are bringing a group, you may purchase all tickets at one time.
- Three-day package. $60 Includes all Garden events. Does not include the Big Pine event.
- Saturday-only package. $40
- Individual Garden event tickets. $10 per event
- 1. Friday Early Bird Walk
- 2. Saturday Birds in the Forest (morning birds)
- 3. Saturday Butterflies of the Keys
- 4. Saturday Birds in the Forest (afternoon birds)
- 5. Saturday Field and telemetry studies of imperiled Keys birds
- 6. Sunday Early Bird Walk
- MEMBER ONLY REGISTRATION: If you are a current member of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, your membership entitles you to free admission to all events. We do ask that you register so that we can have an accurate head count.
Explore the events before you register:
Friday, Sept. 21
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, FL: 7 – 10 AM – Birding Tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the Key Deer Refuge Boardwalk, $10; reservations required. Meet at Visitor Center (179 Key Deer Blvd in Winn Dixie shopping plaza), bring binoculars if you have them, water, and clothes for the outdoors.
Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, Key West, FL: 8 AM – Early Bird walk – self guided bird ID and watching, $10 Reservations required.
Saturday, Sept. 22 | All events at the Garden
8 AM – Birds in the Forest – Enjoy a guided bird ID sighting tour through the Tropical Forest with Mark Hedden, Florida Keys Audubon and spot the 191 species (Ebird.org) that routinely visit these hammocks, wetlands and butterfly gardens. $10; reservations required. Current KWBGS members free
10 AM – Butterflies of the Keys – Enjoy a guided butterfly ID sighting tour of the Tropical Forest Amy Grimm and Leigh Williams of the North American Butterfly Association and spot the 39 species that routinely visit these hammocks, wetlands and butterfly gardens. $10; reservations required. Current KWBGS members free
3 PM – Birds in the Forest – Enjoy a guided bird ID sighting tour through the Tropical Forest with Dr. Mark Whiteside, Florida Keys Audubon and spot the 191 species that routinely visit these hammocks, wetlands and butterfly gardens. $10; reservations required. Current KWBGS members free
5:30 PM – “Remote tracking as a research tool: Solving migration and hurricane mysteries to advance the conservation of imperiled birds” by Dr. Kenneth D. Meyer, Ph. D., Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute. Presentation features field and telemetry studies of imperiled birds of the Florida Keys. $10; Reservations required. Current KWBGS members free
Sunday, Sept. 23 | In the Garden
8 AM – Early Bird Walk – Enjoy an early bird walk through the Tropical Forest, $10; Reservations required. Enjoy the Garden later in the day, too; just bring your receipt.