Trip Planning

Bald Eagle - Photo credit - Tom Dunkerton

Florida is the United States’ most popular state for birding and wildlife viewing with both domestic and international visitors; And for good reason, Florida is home to a wide variety of species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the United States. Planning a birding and wildlife viewing trip to Florida can be quite daunting so we have created this page to help YOU plan your wildlife viewing adventure.

Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Ready Set Go Guides

There are a many ways of navigating the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Flying into one of our airports and looking for a short trip into the wild? Check out our Ready Set Go … Wild guides.

Ready Set Go…Wild Orlando Adobe PDF

Ready Set Go…Wild Tampa Adobe PDF

Be prepared.

Here is a list of items you will need, to help maximize your wildlife viewing experience in Florida.

  • We have loaner optics programs at our gateway sites where you can borrow binoculars to use on site. Visit the Trip Planner to find gateway sites.
  • Digital camera with plenty of memory cards (photographic opportunities are excellent in Florida).
  • Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail guides.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing (UV protective hat and clothing is recommended).
  • Florida Atlas & Gazetteer.


FWC Facts:
The world's whooping crane population has gradually increased from a low of 22 birds in 1941 to 503 birds in 2009.

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