Green Mountain Scenic Byway is an amazing area for birders, and a variety of species can be seen all along the byway, but particularly along the shore of Lake Apopka.

Birding Adventures – Lake County James Currie

Bird photo Gallery

Local Audubon Society Chapters

Lake Apopka Loop Trail

The Apopka Loop Trail (0.7 miles, paved) at Magnolia Park opened on June 1st, 2012. The new path connects on the north shore of Lake Apopka to property owned by St. Johns River Water Management District, considered to be an excellent birding area.

Lake Apopka Information at Orange County Parks & Recreation
Lake Apopka Map at Orange County Parks & Recreation

The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT)

Great_FL_Birding_TrailThe 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:

Lake Apopka Restoration Area: North Shore
Lake Apopka Restoration Area: Clay Island
Oakland Nature Preserve
Florida Birding Trail Guides

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. A free orientation is offered on the 1st Saturday of each month from 8am-11am, and many other events are schedule there. Check the website above for more information.

Florida Scrub-jay Trail
11490 Montevista Road
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 429-5566

Birding Tools

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.

More info about the app | Apple Version | Android Version

Ebird_picA 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 for more info!


The Birdseye Bird Finding Guide

Birdseye_Bird_GuideBirdsEye 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!

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