Tips for Birding Festival Attendance

What To Wear

January is typically Florida's coldest month, but temperatures can fluctuate wildly. Expect average temps to be in the 40s and 50s at night and the 60s and 70s in the daytime. Temperatures can dip into the 30s at night and never leave the 50s during the daytime after a strong cold front. Rain is very scarce in January, however, a cold front may be accompanied by a squall line. Plan to layer your clothing. It can be very cold at sunrise and then warm up nicely during the day. It could be chilly out on the water on kayak and boat trips, so dress warmly. Be sure to bring rain gear if you are going on the pelagic trip! More than likely the wind will blow and spray will fly. The Gymnatorium can be chilly too. Bring a sweater or a jacket if you are an exhibitor.

Classroom & Field Trip Tips

A long sleeved shirt or light jacket may make your classroom experience more enjoyable - all rooms are air-conditioned.

The field trip staging area is in front of the Gymnatorium. Most bus trips will depart from that area. Carpool groups will meet there also. You will be directed to your bus location by the Transportation Monitors, who will be available for each departure. Departure times are firm - arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Please bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and rain gear (just in case). It is recommended for field trips that you wear comfortable shoes/sneakers, comfortable shirts, and long pants (protection against insects and thorns). Some field trips may require boots.

Don't forget your camera, binoculars, or other equipment that will make your festival experience more memorable.

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