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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.