South Florida is a bird watching mecca, and the Deering Estate at Cutler is a birder's delight. Ongoing surveys of birds at the Estate have recorded over 170 species. Many are easily recognizable birds common throughout the area, but sightings of rarer species such as Mangrove Cuckoo, White crowned pigeon, Black-whiskered Vireo, and Limpkin occur often enough to excite even the most experienced bird watcher.
Things to do:
• Monthly Bird Tours & Night Hikes
• Annual Deering Goes to the Birds Event
• Annual Christmas Bird Count with the Nature Conservancy
• Self-guided tour of the Estate to see what birds you can spot
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) aren’t "Just for the Birds"
The Deering Estate at Cutler is part of the Biscayne Bay IBA (Important Bird Area). The Important Bird Area (IBA) program is an international effort to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for bird populations. Birds have been shown to be effective indicators of biodiversity in other animal groups and plants - especially when used to define a set of sites for conservation. So although the IBA network is defined by its bird fauna, the conservation of these sites ensures the survival of a correspondingly large number of other animals and plants and helps preserve water and air quality. By working to identify and implement conservation strategies at Important Bird Areas with Audubon chapters, in our community the Deering Estate at Cutler collaborates with Tropical Audubon Society, Audubon Florida, and Audubon International, we hope to minimize the effects that habitat loss and degradation have on birds and other biodiversity to assist community residents and visitors to the area learn about our native flora and fauna.
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT)
The Estate is part of the 2,000-mile, self-guided Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. We are part of a network of nearly 500 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent bird watching, wildlife viewing and educational opportunities. The GFBWT is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was designed to conserve and enhance Florida's wildlife habitats by promoting birding and wildlife viewing activities, conservation education and economic opportunity. More information on the South Florida Birding Trail.
Follow Conservationist Rangel Diaz in His “Big Year” to Chase 300 Species of Birds
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces naturalist, Rangel Diaz, will drive, boat, walk, stalk, chase, and sit in search of 300+ species of birds in Miami-Dade County in one year. Called “A Big Year” among birders, a big year is an informal competition to determine who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. Rangel began his big year bright and early on January 1, 2013 and will post his efforts year long on his blog, “EPIC Big Year 2013”
Bird Count Tally for Epic Big Year 2013
About Rangel Diaz
Rangel Diaz is a native Floridian with a passion for wildlife – especially birds. He was born and raised in South Florida and has been working for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces as a naturalist for the last 5 years. He started his career with Parks at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park, assisting with environmental education programs, outreach, working with their collection of reptiles. All it took was one adult male Hooded Warbler to spark his passion for bird watching. Today, Rangel monitors Crandon Park’s shorebird populations, specifically the Piping Plovers and Least Terns, while also developing ways to conserve the coastal environment they use. During fall migrations he volunteers at the South Florida Bird Observatory, removing birds from mist nets to be banded and tracked during their migration. He leads birding trips for Tropical Audubon Society, The Deering Estate at Cutler, and Eco-Adventures, is a frequent speaker on birding and advocates daily for the conservation of our winged friends. Rangel is also helping with a community wide effort to establish several parks as Important Bird Areas while continuing to educate the public about the importance of conserving all of Florida’s environments.