© Peter Weber
The statewide Florida trail is a network of 489 sites divided into four sections; sites in each section are grouped into clusters. Sites within a cluster are typically within an hour's drive of one another. The layout highlights many sites all but lost among Florida's vast tourist industry, making many of the state's 501 species, from roseate spoonbills to endangered scrub-jays, a cinch to find. Look for: Swallow-tailed kite.
Look for: Swallow-tailed
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Great Florida Birding Trail
All four sections of the 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail: East, West, Panhandle, and South, are complete, with 445 total sites currently described in four different guide books. New sites are being added one section at a time, and a revised East guide with 46 new sites will be available by the end of 2008. The Eastern Section of the Florida trail is a network of 179 sites spread throughout 18 counties, and the Western Section contains 117 sites in 21 counties. The Panhandle Section includes 78 sites in 16 counties, and the South Section has 116 sites in 12 counties. Birding sites in each trail guide are grouped into 13 to 23 clusters; sites within a cluster are typically within one hour's drive of one another. Such specialties as Swallow-tailed Kite, Limpkin, Florida Scrub-Jay and Red-cockaded Woodpecker are found along the routes. All four Great Florida Birding Trail guides are available free from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and on the GFBT website: www.floridabirdingtrail.com