Green Mountain Scenic Byway is an amazing area for birders. A variety of species can be seen all along the byway in the open spaces, preserves along the shore of Lake Apopka and especially within the Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area.
Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area
This area is the most expansive and diverse green space available for birdwatchers. Twenty thousand acres of forest, scrub, pasture, and various wetland habitats draw hundreds of species of birds at all seasons. Equally important is the broad grid of trails and several access points opening the area to thousands of birdwatchers and wildlife viewers. Clay Island, North Shore and Green Mountain Scenic Overlook provide access along the western side and Magnolia Park and the Wildlife Drive offer access from the east.
The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT)
The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, supported in part by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This 2000-mile, self-guided highway trail is a collection of 489 birding sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birding or bird education opportunities. The GFBT is designed to conserve and enhance Florida’s bird habitat by promoting birding activities, conservation education and economic opportunity.
Some Segments of the GFBT near Green Mountain Scenic Byway include:
Florida Scrub-jay Trail
The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is dedicated to increase awareness of the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, and native plant species. Please visit the website for a list of many activities and more information.
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail App
Identify the birds, butterflies and flowering plants seen along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Viewing Trail and throughout Florida. Designed with non-experts in mind, this tool is perfect for young or novice nature lovers, visitors to Florida and more seasoned explorers. Child-friendly icons lead the user to beautiful color photographs and basic descriptions of each species.
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Visit Ebird.org for more info!
The Birdseye Bird Finding Guide
BirdsEye is a unique and powerful tool that helps you learn about the birds near you and find the birds you want to see. See more birds when you go birding with BirdsEye!