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Bird Walk: Cape Florida Banding Station

  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park 1200 Crandon Boulevard Key Biscayne, FL, 33149 United States (map)
Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

Witness the miracle of bird migration — from a bird bander’s office window!


Join us as we get behind the scenes at the Cape Florida Banding Station (CFBS) on Key Biscayne. At this field research site within Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, the tropical hardwood hammock is a critical stopover point for migrating birds in the fall. The biologists and volunteers that run the bird banding research here are welcoming us into their study site so we can witness and learn all about their fascinating work.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about migrating birds, how and why they are banded, what the data collected means, and to see birds up close and personal. The data amassed by CFBS for over a decade has shown some interesting trends and helps us understand how bird populations change over time. Are Black-throated Blue Warblers increasing in population? What are the most common fall bird migrants in Miami? Have any of the birds banded here been re-captured in other countries? We will get to see how birds are identified to species and gender, handled, measured, banded with federal leg bands, and then released.

  • WHAT: Private event for women interested in learning about bird migration, bird banding, and biological research in the field.

  • WHEN: Sunday, September 29th, 2019, from 8 AM to 9 AM

  • WHERE: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. 1200 South Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida. Meet in the No Name Harbor parking lot.

  • What to Pack: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear and binoculars. (If you don’t have binoculars, Leica Store Miami will be providing optics on a first-come, first-served basis.)

  • RESERVATION REQUIRED: There is a limit of 15 participants for this event. Please Email Kirsten V. at to reserve your spot. Please keep in mind that there is an $8 entrance fee per vehicle to enter the State Park.

  • BONUS: Stick around after the banding station visit for some birding in the park!

  • QUESTIONS? Email


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Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

Image by Eliana Ardila Ardila

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