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The NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL (NSBF) offers highly affordable field trips with no additional festival registration fee!  With so many local birders crazy about the Lake Apopka North Shore, the festival always attracts many great leaders resulting in a fantastic ratio of leaders to trip participants.
There is no central registration site or exhibit hall. You will meet your trip leaders at the field trip start sites. Detailed directions to the sites will be emailed to participants. Your trip leader or a volunteer will check you in at the trip start time.
Things to note:
There are no buses. We will be driving unpaved back roads and parking alongside the road to get out and bird. 
In the past, to facilitate caravanning and reduce parking burden, we formed carpools. However, in the COVID-19 era, please follow your own current safe practices regarding any carpooling. 
The amount of walking for each trip is indicated in the trip description under the Schedule tab. 
If you are unable to do any walking, we recommend that you visit on your own the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, which can be done entirely by car.  The 11-mile one-way Drive is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and most federal holidays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with exit by 5 p.m. The address is 2850 Lust Road, Apopka, FL 32703.
Since our trip locations are remote from convenient restaurants, box lunches are included with registration for most morning and all-day trips. Lunches include vegetarian options. Participants must indicate their lunch preference (non-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan) during registration. For more restrictive diets, please bring your own.
After registration you will be asked to fill in a short survey (a Google Form) providing  your emergency contact number and some information for our ecotourism impact analysis. And, very importantly, you will be required to fill out and sign a COVID-19 liability waiver. These two parts of your registration are essential to hold your space. If you have any questions, email festival@orangeaudubonfl.org or call (407) 637-2525.
Trip Fees
The North Shore Birding Festival is run entirely by Orange Audubon Society volunteers. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Orange Audubon Society's Nature and Environmental Education Center fund and related educational programs.
Trip fees are listed below.
$75 for all-day trips with box lunch included
$45 for morning half-day trips with box lunch included 
$30 for most afternoon half-day trips (lunch not included) and select morning trips without lunch
There is no additional registration fee.
Student scholarships
College students can register for half-price for most field trips when providing a valid college email address. 
For out-of-town college students, scholarships up to $100 are available on a reimbursement basis to help defray costs of lodging and travel. These scholarships are thanks to the generosity of some Orange Audubon Society members and other festival participants and are very limited. 
COVID-19 Precautions
Field trips will be limited to 8-12 participants with 2 leaders to allow social distancing (required at all times during events). A very few driving trips will have up to 16 participants.
Masks will probably be optional this year, depending on current CDC guidelines, but bring your masks just in case. 
Each individual registrant, leader and/or volunteer (participant) is required to provide a Participant Release and Waiver of Liability form (Release). Each individual participant is also required to pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire included in the Release by truthfully affirming a NO response to the following statements with respect to each date of each activity/event covered by the Release: 
(1) In the past 10 days I have not been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19;
(2) in the past 14 days I have not been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 and
(3) I have not had any of the following symptoms today (date of Activity) or in the past 24 hours that is not explained by another condition: fever, cough, sore throat, breathing issues, loss of taste or smell, weakness/fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
There will be no large gatherings of participants for lunch as there had been in the past.
The McDonald Canal Pavilion will be a starting place for about half the trips offered. Lake County provides access to bathrooms at that facility. Participants should bring their own personal supply of sanitizer and disinfectant.
If possible, participants should bring their own folding chair for lunches or plan to eat in their vehicle.
Inviting participants to look through a spotting scope shall be the prerogative of the trip leader and participant. Some leaders may be able to use cleaning wipes to use between shares. In general, we will avoid sharing of optics.
To Register
Step 1 - Figure out which events interest you
Under the Schedule tab are details about the Field Trip Locations, fees, maximum participants, and the Possible Sightings for each trip. Downloadable PDF documents contain the schedule information.
Read about the Trip Leaders under the Speakers & Leaders tab.
Step 2 - Go to the registration site
To register, you will go to an external link (SignUpGenius).  To return to this festival website, use the back button or History tab on your browser.
On the SignUpGenius site, go to new member registration, and simply enter your name and email address and create a password. After registering for trips, you can later add additional trips. Each participant will register separately.
Step 3 - Pay and register
Payment must be made through SignUpGenius, which will redirect you to pay securely by credit card or your PayPal account. You will automatically receive an email from SignUpGenius confirming that you have successfully registered, plus a detailed payment receipt from PayPal listing your individual trips.
Step 4 - Confirm
To confirm reservations, participants must:
• Fill out the Google Form providing emergency contact information and other information.
• Provide a filled out and signed Release and Waiver of Liability form (required from each participant). This Adobe form can be filled out electronically including signature using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC -- download from this link. After you fill out and sign, download and email the pdf  to treasurer@orangeaudubonfl.org. 
Online registration for field trips closes at the end of Thanksgiving weekend Sunday, November 28, 2021. Note that some field trips will fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.
Step 5 -Book your lodging
Out-of-town participants should be sure to book your lodging early, since winter is "High Season" in Central Florida. Hotel and camping suggestions, including information on renting a cabin at the Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth Camp, are on the Locations & Lodging tab.
Thank you for joining Orange Audubon Society in celebrating the Lake Apopka North Shore, an Important Bird Area! We look forward to meeting you soon!
The North Shore Birding Festival is organized by Orange Audubon Society, a Florida nonprofit [501(c)(3)], to promote an Important Bird Area and to demonstrate the economic value of birding ecotourism. All proceeds benefit Orange Audubon Society’s Nature and Environmental Education Center fund, target site: the Lake Apopka North Shore area, and related educational programs.
Donations to Orange Audubon Society, Inc., a Florida nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll‐free, 1‐800‐435‐7352, within the state. From outside of Florida call 1‐850‐410‐3800. Visit www.800helpfla.com for help. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Registration no. CH2330
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