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With seven sections of the Great Florida Birding Trail within the County, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a birder's paradise.

What is birding?
Bird watching, or birding, is the recreational hobby of observing different species of wild birds, including their physical characteristics and behavior. It is a hobby that can be enjoyed by both novice and experienced birders on many levels, from watching birds outside the window to traveling to the other side of the world to see a rare species. Birding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and form a deep appreciation of nature.

Seasoned bird watchers can add rare sightings, such as red-cockaded woodpeckers or Bachman's sparrows, to their life lists. Newcomers to the pastime can get their wings, so to speak, during an Audubon Society guided tour or a visit to one of the area's state parks.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a great tracker that shows recent sightings by watchers using the eBird system.

What will I see?

Where can I go birding?

Map of Birding Locations

Helpful Links and Planning Tools

Prothonotary Warbler
 Prothonotary Warbler
Photography by Kevin Edwards
Reddish Egret
 Reddish Egret
Burrowing Owl
 Burrowing Owl


About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.