- Oct. 1, 2013
-- Bird enthusiasts are hosting their 15th annual, six-day Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival. Events continue through Sunday.
"The Keys are a hugely important part of the fall migration, especially for raptors and songbirds," festival coordinator Kristie Killam said. "They track the Keys on their way down. It is their last stop to eat and drink before taking off en route to their winter destinations."
The Key West Wildlife Center is bustling this time of year, helping young hawks and other birds who become dehydrated on their first migration, center officials said.
People are encouraged to call the Wildlife Center at 305-292-1008 if they spot a bird in distress.The Birding and Wildlife Festival includes a variety of activities from Key Largo to Key West. Signature events include an excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, guided birding and butterfly walks and talks, wildlife photography workshops, a free all-day wildlife fair, citizen input with Florida Keys Hawkwatch and boat trips into the Keys' backcountry.This year's festival keynote speaker, Rafael Galvez, is the director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, the southernmost migration monitoring project in the continental United States.
Oct 1st, 2013, Islamorada, Florida Keys. Per Jan Keller, Islamorada’s top producing Realtor. “This event takes place every year and has always proved to be great for both our local residents as well as the tourists.
When asked her opinion on how this could affect the Islamorada Real Estate market, Jan remarked, "There is a huge following of people interested in tracking, photographing and following all the wildlife we have here. Just for wading birds alone, the amount you see here are almost endless.
Basically, the more people that attend these events, the more people we see who fall in love with the Upper Keys and start considering either a vacation or a full time residence here. So events such as these definitely have an impact on our housing market.
About Jan Keller. Jan is a Top producing Real Estate agent and the owner of the Florida website www.kellerporterteam.com designed specifically to help people relocating to Islamorada and the upper Florida Keys.