BIRDING BRADENTON FLORIDA
Birding in & around Bradenton
The Visitor Information and vacation Travel Guide to Bradenton including
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee Beach & Anna Maria Beaches
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Sporting - Events
(listed north to south)
Anna Maria Island
Although, Florida is home to more than 480 species of birds, several hundred species pass through during spring and
A helpful guide for migratory bird identification can be found
Spring: February through May
Fall: Mid August through November
Winter is the best birding season as the bird population explodes with winged visitors.
Lake Manatee State Park -
This 549-acre park offers a rich mixture of nature-based experiences and activities with 60 campsites for tents and
recreational vehicle hook-ups for water and electricity. There’s also a picnic area, with a children’s playground,
restrooms and showers and a lakeshore beach.
The park offers 6.5 miles of multi-use trails, the Bobcat trail (.69 miles), Campground Alley trail (.62) and Longleaf
Lane trail (.53 miles) where visitors can observe bobcats, deer, gopher tortoise and a host of birds and reptiles in
their natural habitats. The pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub is also home to the endangered Florida Scrub Jay.
Each year, Lake Manatee State Park presents its open house called Discover Lake Manatee. The yearly event occurs in
February and features plenty of outdoor family exhibits like wildlife exhibits, kids fishing clinics, ranger guided
tours and much more. The event is free and offers something for the whole family.
The state park is open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until sunset.
Robinson Preserve -
This 400-acre Bradenton preserve offers a 50-foot-tall observation tower, a 500-foot boardwalk and 10 miles of
shelled/paved biking and hiking trails. There are Waterways, marshlands and uplands including ecosystems of saltern,
salt marsh, mangrove and coastal hardwood hammocks.
Two artificial platforms have been erected for an eagle pair who have fledged three sets of young in recent years.
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Climb the tower and discover sweeping views of Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, Fort DeSoto, as well as St.
Petersburg and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Stroll through the preserve for some of the best birding on the Gulf Coast,
no matter what time of day. With trails for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers to explore, this family-friendly preserve is
an excellent coastal destination.
The preserve is open from 8 AM to sunset. The gate closes automatically, so be sure to return to the parking area well
before the posted time. Dogs and bicycles are welcome. Up to 8 miles of hiking are possible by also following a paved
bike trail to the Anna Maria Causeway and back. Trail maps are available at the trailhead.
Egmont Key -
Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells
along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by Ferry or private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural
history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the19th century, the island served as a camp for
captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War.
In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923.
After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. It is
located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
Florida Online Park Guide is the State's official page on Egmont Key and contains valuable information and special
notices. There’s a
bird checklist, map of the Key and more.
Manatee River -
Take a boat tour from Regatta Pointe or Twin Dolphin’s Marinas for a Manatee River adventure. You’ll have opportunities
to observe endangered wood storks and other threatened species like the snowy plover, bald eagle, Florida scrub-jay,and
peregrine falcon. More common birds include cattle egret, white ibis, great blue heron, and yellow-crowned night heron.
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