SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        March 2019

Learning at Lox: Native Snakes of Loxahatchee - Snakes Alive!

Thursday, March 21, 1:30 p.m.

The Refuge's own snake enthusiast, Ranger Veronica Kelly, will discuss the snakes of the Refuge and help debunk some common snake myths. And she will be bringing a few live snakes with her! Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunset Everglades Walking Tours

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

Experience the unique sights and sounds of the Everglades in the evening! Grab your flashlight and join a volunteer naturalist on this approximately 1-mile hike to see the sights and hear the sounds of the Refuge at twilight. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good walking shoes with closed toes and heels, and bring a jacket, water, a good flashlight and bug spray. You might also like to bring a hat. Meet at the Visitor Center. Try to arrive a little before the tour starts as a courtesy to others.

Everglades Tram Tours

Every Day, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. except March 6

Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the Refuge on an approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tram tour. The open-air tram can seat 5 passengers and provides a unique view into the wildlife, marshes, and cypress swamps of the Refuge. Your guide will talk about the Refuge, its birds and other wildlife, the ongoing research in the mini-Everglades impoundments of LILA, and answer all your questions in the comfort of your shaded electric tram. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tour.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Swamp Strolls

Every Monday & Thursday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Join a volunteer naturalist for a guided tour on the 0.4 mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Learn about the swamp ecosystem from cypress tree knees to animals that call the swamp home. Your guide will talk about how the plants of the swamp were used in the past and present for medicine, food, fiber, transportation, construction, and ceremonial objects. Meet at the pavilion behind the Visitor Center.

Photography Tours

Every Sunday, 7:30 a.m.

Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the Refuge with award-winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos on an early morning photography tour. Reservations are required because space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

English/Portuguese Nature Walks

Every Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Join bilingual (English/Portuguese) volunteer naturalist Leandro Bauer to stroll around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, and Marsh Trail. He will be answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife that live here at the Refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Early Morning Bird Watch and Walk - Fly Out

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join volunteer naturalist Rick Schofield of Audubon Everglades to watch the birds fly out from the interior of the Refuge, then follow them for an early morning bird walk along the Refuge impoundments. Meet in the boat launch parking area at the west end of Lee Road. For more information email or call 508-296-0238.

Early Morning Bird Walks

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join our volunteer naturalist from Audubon Everglades for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Bring binoculars and wear closed-toed/closed heel shoes. These walks are open to birders of all ages and abilities. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot. Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before the walk starts to meet your guide.

Check out recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker:
... and view our Bird Checklist:

Roving Naturalist

Tuesday, March 12 & 26, 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and Marsh Trail, answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife of the swamp. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Guided Canoe Tours

Every Saturday, 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour guided by a volunteer naturalist through a portion of the Refuge interior. Explore the northernmost end of the Everglades on this approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tour. You may rent a canoe or kayak for $35 from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Enjoy this 3-minute video made on the canoe trail:

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, March 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $35; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)


*** Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303.

Events are listed on the Friends website at

36th Annual Photography Contest

Entries accepted now thru Sunday, March 31
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.

Entries for the Friends' annual Photography Contest are now being accepted at the Visitor Center. All entries must be taken on the Refuge or in areas adjacent to the Refuge, including the Stormwater Treatment Areas STA1E & STA1W.

Six categories will be accepted - Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Artistic and Youth. All entries must be submitted on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception at the Visitor Center on April 28.

If you need assistance with digitizing or post-processing or have other questions, please contact or visit

For the Contest Entry Form and the complete set of rules, go to:

Audubon Society of the Everglades: Spring Migration, A Parade of Colorful Birds

Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, Biologist, Expert Guide, and Instructor for Birding Adventures
Location: FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 W. Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, Rooms 101 and 102

All are invited to the monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of the Everglades to meet Paddy Cunningham, a popular speaker and guide at Florida birding festivals, coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival, and owner/guide for Birding Adventures - an eco-tourism company. Learn all about the mechanisms of migration and the best hot spots and beautiful birds you are likely to see in South Florida.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit or contact Susan McKemy at 561-644-8830 or

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Palm Beach County's Collaborative Approach to Addressing Climate Change

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Speakers: Katelyn Cucinotta, Environmental Analyst, Palm Beach County Office of Resilience,
& Rebecca Harvey, Sustainability Coordinator with the City of Boynton Beach
Location: Due South Brewing Co., 2900 High Ridge Rd #3, Boynton Beach

The Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group's monthly meeting will be a happy hour social at the Due South Brewing Co., with speakers Katelyn Cucinotta & Rebecca Harvey discussing Palm Beach County's ongoing efforts to address climate change. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Course

The Florida Master Naturalist Program Conservation Science Special Topic course will be held over three evenings and two Saturdays in March, beginning Monday, March 18. The great lineup includes guest speakers from the South Florida Water Management District, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management, The Nature Conservancy and the Rare Species Conservatory. To see the agenda or register online, visit:

Birds in Flight 3-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater
Sunday, April 7, 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Hands-On Photography - Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Visitor Center Theater

Our favorite award-winning photographers Mike Cohen and Don Hamilton are back, once again leading a 3-day intermediate level photography workshop. Participants who want to improve their basic technique, capture birds in flight, control depth of field and exposure, evaluate light and have some fun are welcome. Mike and Don will do their best to help people at whatever their level and interest, but this workshop will be most useful for intermediate to advanced photographers interested in improving their nature and wildlife image-making skills.

Space is limited. Participants must plan to attend all 3 sessions, bring your camera manual to all sessions and be generally familiar with the operation of your equipment, particularly how to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Entry fee is $50 per participant, with all funds donated to the Friends of the Refuge.

Please contact Mike or Don to reserve your spot. They will ask a few questions about your level of experience, your equipment and your goals in order to best prepare for the workshop.

Mike Cohen 954-815-5955

Don Hamilton 561-212-7358

Lee Road Cleanup - Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Come out and help the Friends pick up litter from the entrance road to the Refuge. The Friends have officially adopted Lee Road from U.S. 441 west to the Refuge gate under the Palm Beach County Adopt-a-Road Litter Control program. Please wear closed-toed shoes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the Visitor Center to get your safety vest, plastic gloves and instructions. Water and light snacks provided. Students can receive Community Service hours. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information contact Cathy Patterson at or 561-301-5056.

Plein Air Artwork Now on Display

After watching the artists of Plein Air Palm Beach creating their works of art here on Everglades Day, come back and admire their work now on display until April in the Visitor Center theater. Most of the paintings will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds (20%) will be donated to the Friends.

Congratulations to the contest winners and to all who participated! And thank you to our distinguished judges Ira Rappaport and Meg Puente. And the winners are:

1st Place: Shawn Escott - Everglades Day 2019
2nd Place: Dagmar Ebert Kvidera - Loxahatchee
3rd Place: Julia Stevens - Marsh Trailhead
Honorable Mention: Margaret Mulligan - Variable Sky
Judge's Recognition: Marshall's Magic - Carolyn Benedetti Covert
Judge's Recognition: Rainy Day at Loxahatchee - Ralph Papa



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