Monthly Archives: August 2013

Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival Shows Off Spectacular Fall Migration

Birders, outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers can flock to the 15th annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 24-29, to witness the region’s renowned migration transformation.

Marathon Birding and Wildlife Festival

The family- and photography-friendly event is anchored at Marathon’s oceanfront Curry Hammock State Park, mile marker (MM) 56.2. Field trips, workshops and educational programs focused on birds, butterflies, native wildlife and even astronomy span the entire Keys chain from Florida Bay by Everglades National Park to the islands of the Dry Tortugas.

Marathon Birding and Wildlife Festival

Curry Hammock is home to the annual Florida Keys Hawkwatch, a citizen scientist effort of volunteers who monitor the fall raptor migration. The park became known as the Peregrine Falcon Migration Capital of the World after volunteers in 2012 recorded the migratory actions of more than 3,200 of the majestic birds in a single day.

The festival’s opening program, “Wading Birds of Florida Bay — A Pictorial Depiction,” features keynote speaker Rafael Galvez, the Hawkwatch coordinator. The presentation is planned for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Key Largo’s Murray Nelson Government Center, MM 102.

Marathon Birding and Wildlife Festival

Saturday, Sept. 28, brings the event’s Wildlife Fair featuring activities, environmental booths, food and music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the fair is free.

That evening, Elizabeth Moore, a NASA solar system educator, is to present a free 6-9 p.m. astronomy program at the park.

Sunday’s schedule features an all-day birding and wildlife photography excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, a cluster of seven tiny islands approximately 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. A ferry to the remote birders’ paradise boards at 7:30 a.m. in Key West and returns around 5 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited to two groups of 20 people each.

Entrance to Curry Hammock State Park is free for festival registrants. Registration fees apply for daytime programs and field trips.

Event information: or Kristie Killam at 305-872-0774

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72 Hour Sale: Book by August 24th!

Visit the Florida Keys with up to 25% Savings on 3-bedroom beach houses! Enjoy an escape with friends, family, or seniors traveling together in such spacious beach houses. Use the link below to book this offer now before the sale ends on August 24th, 2013. Choose from travel dates between now and December. Find the best offers in September or by calling our onsite vacation planners at 877-705-5758.


Call 877-705-5758 to speak with an onsite vacation planner


Terms: Rates are subject to availability and frequent change. Black out dates and restrictions apply. Above rates do not reflect $25.00 per night resort fee and 12.5% applicable tax. Advertised 25% discount available most Sundays – Thursdays August through December 19 with lesser discount available on weekends.

Deposit Policy: 72 Hour Sale reservations require a full non-refundable deposit equal to all nights and resort fees, plus 12.5% tax. A100% deposit will be taken at the time of booking. Deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Cancellation Policy: 72 Hour Sale reservations are nonrefundable. If this reservation is cancelled, a refund will not be issued. Dates are final.


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Limited Time Offer: Florida Keys Weekday Sale

Relax, unwind and find serenity with our Weekday Sale in the Florida Keys! Book now and enjoy rates from just $209/night on two-bedroom waterview beach houses when staying Sundays through Thursdays. On some dates you will even find weekday rates on weekends for a limited time! Find the best Weekday Sale rates in September.

Call 855-210-0829 to speak with an onsite vacation planner to find the best offers on your travel dates.


• 2-bedroom waterview beach house from $209/night
• 3-bedroom waterview beach house from $229/night
• 3-bedroom waterfront beach house from $254/night
• 2-bedroom beachfront beach house from $280/night
• 3-bedroom beachfront beach house from $297/night


Terms: Rates do not include daily resort fee of $25/night or applicable 12.5% taxes. The Weekday Sale is subject to limited availability. Rates and availability are subject to change.


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