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Tampa Professional Guides

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
J Alvarado Amelia Island Weekend English, Spanish, a bit of Portuguese
Live on Amelia Island in the northeast corner of Florida. Am avid bird enthusiast / photographer and enjoy showing others the natural beauty of this area. We are close to Talbot Islands, Cumberland Island, Okefenokee Swamp, etc. and each season brings its own variety of birds here, including many nesting shore and wading birds.
J Schwarz Boca Raton(Winter only) Anytime English, German
I bird all of Palm Beach Co.(Loxahatchee, Wakodahatchee, Green Cay), Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), and down to Miami/Dade Co. Also my photos are on
www.birdspix.com
M Gardler Brooksville Anytime English
I lead 2-4 three day trips a year for Larry Manfredi Birding Tours to the Dry Tortugas in the spring. I am the sole guide responsible for up to 11 people from all over the world but mainly the USA. I am a leader for many of the pelagic trips out of the east coast of FL. I, over the last year in FL, have given 3 Powerpoint presentations on shorebird identification (basic plumage birds). I volunteer (6 years) on a Red-cockaded Woodpecker monitoring project of a cluster to track health and sexing of the birds. This is a yearlong project. I have guided in FL, TX, AZ and AK for pay. I guide in Fl for the joy (gratis) as a return on all who have helped me over the years, especially the teacher, who lit my fire and joy. I do 3-4 Xmas counts per year. I currently take 2 people from FL to SE AZ, on an unpaid basis, where we split expenses one of whom is a Birdingpal going this year. 4 of last 5 years I have done this and have several who want to go next year.
B Saltonstall Cape Coral Anytime English
Cape Coral is home to the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl in the world. Sightings 99% guaranteed. Side trips to see the endemic, endangered Florida Scrub Jay also available. Tours available November through May only.
Visit my web site
K Smock Cape Coral (winter only) Anytime English, bit of Spanish
I belong to the Calusa Birding Club.
S Crawford Clearwater/St Petersburg Weekend English
50+ years as a birder. Member, Clearwater Audubon Society, Audubon of Florida, Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, Friends of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Primary areas: Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi Islans State Park, other Pinellas County parks and preserves.
L Hartzlr Clearwater/Tampa/Lutz Anytime English, French
L Andruske Cocoa Beach Weekend English, Russian
Interface b'n sub/tropical zones, Brevard County (FL) is a birdwatcher's paradise: Pandionidae, variety of raptors, wood storks, all estuarine/maritime wading birds; manatees, dolphins, pelagic whales (northern right). I can be made available during week with appropriate notification/lead time.
S Wise Cocoa Beach/Merritt Island(Winter only) Anytime English
L Burns Crawfordville Anytime English
I live south of Tallahassee Florida. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is at my doorstep. We have seen bears, bobcats, raccoons, wild pigs etc. But the birds are fabulous. I am an amateur photographer and can spend all day out there. Also, we kayak a lot so we see birds you normally do not see on some trails.
R Peterson Deltona(Winter only) Anytime Spanish, English
P Cunningham Fort Lauderdale Anytime English
I have been a professional Naturalist for 35 years in South Florida. I am the Coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival, lead Audubon trips, bird festival speaker/leader and teach many bird i.d. classes. I can find the rare/life birds you seek, but more importantly my strength is teaching you to identify them by gaining advanced birding skills. It helps if you know what target birds you are seeking or what places you would like to visit (Everglades, Corkscrew, Keys, South Dade, etc..)in order to plan a successful day. Let's Go!
J Padilla Fort Myers Anytime English
S Flamand Gainesville Anytime English
L Kroll Gainesville Anytime English
Retired State of Florida employee. Have been bird watching for more than 15 years. This area has excellent bird watching in Paynes Prairie, especially in winter. There are many nature parks nearby. The Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts are only 1.5 hours away.
S Nesbitt Gainesville Anytime English
Retired after 35 years as a wildlife biologist working with birds in Florida.
A Kent Gainesville Weekend English, Spanish
Happy to show folks birds in North Central Florida. We live just north of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, one of Florida's top birding sites, especially good in the winter for Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl and sparrows. My wife and I are ornithologists and frequently lead walks and give talks at birding festivals.
R Wexler Grand Island Anytime English
Birding in Ocala National Forest and Emeralda Marsh.
A Smolley Hollywood Anytime English
I'm a 25 year old bird enthusiast, and I work part time to fund my passion. I live 45 minutes from Palm Beach County hotspots such as Loxahatchee NWR, Wakodahatchee, and Green Cay, less than an hour from Shark Valley (Everglades NP- Dade County), and willing to drive up to an hour in any direction. Also, in close proximity to me are local parks where I can (almost) guarantee you Burrowing Owls and many others, depending on the season.
B Mossey Homestead Anytime English
I bird Everglades National Park and local area. I have birded over 25 countries and am available anytime.
R Lewis Homosassa Anytime English
Crystal River, on Florida's west central coast, is a manatee sanctuary, but boasts great birding areas as well. Tamapa International Airport is 60 miles south. Typically I provide a guided tour by boat for 2 hours at a cost of $30 per person.
J Welch Kissimmee Anytime English
I live is Osceola county Florida. I am an eagle watch volunteer and do education for Kissimmee Audubon Society. We have the densest concentration of nesting Bald Eagles in Florida. Lake Tohopekaliga is home to the endangered Snail Kite. Nearby Gatorland has an amazing breeding marsh where hundreds of birds nest Jan. through July. The Disney Wilderness Preserve has Florida Scrub-Jays, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and nesting Woodstorks. Painted Buntings, Swallow-tailed Kites, ducks, and others all migrate through our area.
S Hetrick Kissimmee Anytime English
I'm a 29 year old wildlife biologist and love to share my beautiful bird-rich area with others. I live right on Lake Toho which has the highest concentations of nesting endangered Snail Kites in the US. We also have the highest nesting concentrations of Bald Eagles. Whooping Cranes are also nearby. There's a rookery/roost island behind my house where you can see 1000s of great blue herons, great egrets, double-crested cormorants, anhinga, limpkin, turkey and black vulture, osprey, etc. Feel free to contact me!
L Naismith Lakewood Ranch Anytime English
Our general area of Florida as well as the state is known for attracting birders from all areas. I have only just become interested in the last 6 months and spend allot of time on walks and photographing birds.
E Matthews Lake Worth Anytime English
I am the manager of the Green Cay Nature Center. I bird at work and in my free time. If I'm available I would love to show you the local Palm Beach County sites. I also bird pretty extensively down in Miami-Dade County.
V Brauer Lake Worth/Boynton and Palm Beach County Anytime English
Audubon Society tour leader with photography interests.
R Morris Lakeland Anytime English
Lakeland is 1.5 hour drive from either coast. Polk county is one of the largest counties in Florida and has a checklist of over 300 species. Some of the Florida specialities found in Polk county are Limpkin, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule, Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara and Burrowing Owl. Saddle Creek Park is also here in Lakeland, which be a wonderful fall warbler spot with as many as 22 species found in a single day.
P Sahlin Lighthouse Point Weekend English, Swedish
SE Florida has a number of places to hit, some of my favorites are the water reclamation areas in Delray Beach. I will also sometimes wander over to Sanibel Ispand and Merrit Island eventhough those places are a bit far away.
S LaGrotta Marco Island Anytime English
Tigertail Beach on Marco Island is part of the South Florida Birding Trail. The beach is part of the County Park system, with a natural lagoon, and short walk to the Marco river or the Gulf of Mexico. The crescent beach is one of seven in the world. Mangrove forest, mud flats and sea grass supports a number of different species. Considered one of the best birding sites in Southwest Florida. Some of the birds you may find, Wilson's, Piping and Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Roseate Spoonbills, Red Knots, Osprey, Falcons, Bald Eagles and Pelicans.
W Arpt Melbourne Anytime English
I am seventy nine years old retired aerospace quality assurance specialist. (aerospace). I worked thirty three years for the us air force auditing contractor quality assurance programs and the operational condition of equipment and facilities assigned to them. Worked the the heavy lift titan heavy missile. Traveled to several foriegn countries. Japan, Okinawa, South Africa, The Congo, Surinam and England. Hobies include birding photography (ameture), fishing and flying. Spent two weeks in Alaska in search of good Puffin photos. No luck due to the weather.
L Monges Miami Anytime English, French
I bird Everglades National Park & Atlantic Coast.
C Talley Miami Anytime English
I bird North Miami-Dade and South Broward County. Lots of waterfowl and wading birds.
E Breaux North Miami Anytime English
I am a professional wildlife photographer and outdoorsman, 40 years now. I take people on private Guided Wildlife and Birding Photo Tours into the Everglades in Florida. Birding here is exceptional, as many species winter in the relative warmth of the South Florida wilds. Owing to both an abundance of wildlife and comfortable conditions, the dry season, December through April, is the best time in the Everglades. This is a full day's trip starting early in the morning. You will be hiking down wilderness trails teaming with wildlife and many birds.
On my Photo Website you will see images of some of the wildlife and birds you may see on the trip.
www.eugenebreaux.com
I do not charge my fee to BirdingPals members; you will have so many good sightings and a very safe and enjoyable time. You will like my informative but fun, pleasant and upbeat personality. You pay all expenses from Miami and back, car rental, gas, tolls, entrance fees, meals, etc.
If you would like me to guide you into the Everglades for a day you are most welcome. Please contact me and I will let you know availability and send you a complete itinerary of the day's tour.
P McCrea South Miami Weekend English, some French
I'm a true backyard birder since my suburban backyard, which is on a canal/lake, is a great place to watch migratory birds: warblers, raptors, water birds, etc. We have a local population of white crowned pigeons. Added attractions include huge iguanas, feral macaws, amazon parrots, monk parakeets and mynahs, the odd gator and even a large, but very shy, American croc. Can't guarantee that any will appear on a given day, though.
A Sissman Naples Anytime English
G Voigt North Port Anytime English, a little Italian, German
Southwest Florida-destination for many birds.
C Retey Ocala Anytime English
G O'Keefe Ocala Anytime English, some Spanish
I've been birding since I was eight years old. I just moved into this area, but have found some really good birding sites.
G Quigley Minneola/Orlando Weekend English
I work for Lake County Parks & Trails and have been birding in Florida since 2005. I began birding at age 14 and I have seen 415 species in Florida to date, Florida Big Year in 2008 with 359 species, eBird Coordinator for Lake & Sumter Counties, Florida BBA 2011-2016 Reviewer for Lake County. Target species seen in the areas I tend to bird are Florida Scrub-jay, Burrowing Owl, Crested Caracara, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, as well as expected herons, egrets, and Painted Bunting (winter). I am available usually only on Sundays and sometimes Monday. I try very hard to respond within 2 days to inquiries. I ask anyone wanting me to take them out to cover my gas and tolls for the day. At best times of year 100 species is easily obtained in a single day. Some locations I take birders Merritt Island NWR, Tosohatchee WMA, Three lakes WMA, Ocala NF, and Viera Wetlands Park. Please include your email in contact information, dates, and target birds. If you are from Europe please provide 2 email addresses as I have had issues with responding to certain email providers in Europe.
B Curry New Smyrna Beach Anytime English
We live near the northern entrance to the Canaveral National Seashore Park. The Mosquito Lagoon is our back yard and the Atlantic Ocean in the front. We frequently go birding in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Park and the Vierra Wetlands to the south. I am also a amateur photographer with experience in digiscoping. I am 45 minutes south of Daytona Beach, and 90 minutes northeast of Orlando.
R Wolfe Orlando Anytime English
I enjoy birding in Orlando and anywhere else I get a chance to. Merritt Island is a great spot for winter birding.
G Deterra Palm Harbor Anytime English
An avid birder and nature photographer with 15 years of birding watching experience. The Palm Harbor area is within driving distance to many of the most beautiful bird watching areas in the U.S. to include Honeymoon Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park. Specialize in small group birding from 2-4 birders and photographers. Available all year round.
E Reed Plant City Anytime English
M Davis Plantation Weekend English
Broward County, near the Everglades and the Ocean. My husband and I love birding!
A Banks Rotonda West Anytime English
Excellent birding opportunities in the SW coastal area of Florida. Summer is not the best time but there are interesting resident birds here.
K Burgener Sanibel Anytime English
We live a half mile from Ding Darling, one of the best birding areas in the United States. We can meet you there or at our house.
R Carroll St. Cloud Anytime English
Me and my wife really enjoy birding, we are in our early forties and my wife is a photographer as well. We live in Central Florida, Orlando is just 20 minutes from us. We really like to pursue birds of prey. Bald Eagles, Hawks, Osprey, Cara Cara and even owls. But, will stop to view all species of birds and wildlife to.
J Dubi Sarasota Anytime English
R Fishel Stuart Anytime English
Shore birds and wetlands of South Florida. We can house two couples at a time. A can go with folks to the Everglades.
G Olsen Stuart Anytime English
Not a serious watcher but very much enjoy it when I go. I live near the Intracoastal Waterway; have kayak access. Year round cardinal families; hummingbirds in season; Black-throated blue warbler arrives every year in my yard on (nearly) the same date! Reclaimed water "Parks" are about one hour away (in Palm Beach County)for wonderful for birding and photography. When I'm traveling in my new to my rv (Florida summers) I would love to meet up with other birders in other areas. This Oct. I will be going to Vermont for several weeks - St. Johnsbury vicinity after visiting family on eastern Long Island.
P Davenport Sun City Center(Winter only) Anytime English
P Muddu Tallahassee Anytime English
B Henderson Tallahassee Anytime English
T Smith Tallahassee Anytime English
St. Marks N.W.R. I am a rank amateur but am very familiar with the area.
S Phillips Tallahassee Anytime English
Birding guide/pal within 25 radius of Tallahassee fl. any day of the week. Can provide birding hotshots, places to dine and sleep. I am also interested in photography and am available for kayaking in rivers or gulf.
R Kruetzman The Villages/Ocala (Winter) Anytime English
G Jackson The Villages/Ocala (Winter) Anytime English
C Beaton Tampa/Sarasota Anytime English
A Brayton Titusville Anytime English
Fourty years of birding experience. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is only twelve miles from my house. Many other good birding spots near me.
R Oren Venice (Winter) Anytime English
We are volunteer bird guides in Lehigh Valley, Pa from May to November and in Venice, Florida from November to April.
A Albright Winter Haven Anytime English, basic Spanish
On the central Florida flyway during fall migration. Many good habitats nearby.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
R Greenspun Sarasota Anytime English
My wife and I had the opportunity to bird with Rick for 4 days in Florida in the Tampa Bay area in February 2011. Rick has excellent and up to date information on birds and their migratory schedules and paths. He was always first to be ready at our bed and breakfast accommodation. He is arguably the best guide I have ever come across while travelling to different countries and already I have recommended Rick to many birders. BK. Sinha

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Caloosa Bird Club Club
SRQ (Sarasota & Manatee Counties rare bird alerts) RBA
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J. N. "Ding" Darling Foundation Site
The Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) Site
Space Coast Festival
Florida Breeding Birds Atlas
NABA Atala Chapter Butterflies
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Last update 02/06/2014