Announcement concerning the sixth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza:

Hurricane Irma caused substantial damage to the north shore of Lake Apopka and Magnolia Park. Work to make both locations available to the public is ongoing. There is no guarantee the venues will be repaired in time for a successful event in January 2018. Accordingly, Birdapalooza 2018 has been canceled. Look for us on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

12/23/17 Update: Saint John's Water Management District has opened the Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail! The next Birdapalooza is still planned for January 19, 2019.

Birdapalooza Science Day for an elementary school science class and the Orange Audubon Society’s Birding Weekend will still go forward.

We appreciate the continued support of the sponsors of Birdapalooza and your interest in this free family event. If you have any questions, please email

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What is Birdapalooza? A celebration of the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home on the north shore of Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake, including:
  • Free birding/nature tours of the Lake Apopka North Shore area led by veteran guides
  • Nature photography hike
  • Live entertainment
  • Vendors and exhibitors specializing in outdoor recreation and the environment
  • Food trucks and other refreshments
The restoration of Lake Apopka is beginning to take hold. Bird surveys show that more than 360 different species of birds occur on the Lake Apopka North Shore, more species than can be found at any inland site in the state of Florida.

A variety of guided trips are offered free during the Saturday festival between 9am and 4pm. Additional trips on Friday and Sunday for those interested in improving their birding or photography skills are offered for a donation to Orange Audubon Society's nature education center fund.

Why Lake Apopka? Quickly and quietly, the Lake Apopka North Shore has developed a reputation among birding enthusiasts nationwide as a great place to spot rare and spectacular birds, including:
  • Raptors: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Northern Harrier hawks
  • Wading birds: Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Purple Gallinules
  • Waterfowl: Anhingas, Ring-necked Ducks and Mottled Ducks

Join your friends, neighbors, and birding enthusiasts as we celebrate Birdapalooza and the habitat that supports hundreds of bird species!