SAVE THE DATE! 17th Annual Everglades Day Festival Feb 20, 2016

Save the Date for this year’s 17th Festival:

Saturday February 20, 2016 all day free event rain or shine

Theme: Songs of the Everglades

                               — Celebrating Migratory Birds

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click here for the 2016 program EVERGLADESDAY2016PROGRAM

and a beautiful full-page advert in magazine Songs of the Everglades Advert


   U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



Department of the Interior

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR

10216 Lee Road

Boynton Beach, FL 33473-4797

Phone:             561/732-3684

Fax:                  561/369-7190


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Release #: 16/2-1

February 1, 2016                                                                Contact: Joseph Whelan 561.735.6020



Songs of the Everglades, the 17th Annual Everglades Day

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is hosting Songs of

the Everglades: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty, the

17th Annual Everglades Day, on February 20th, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival

will feature musicians Rod MacDonald and Dale Crider and presenters Ron Magill from

the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens and Reinaldo Beccerra representing the

Seminole Nation with special guests from Cornell Ornithology Lab. Additional speakers

include Dale E. Gawlik, the Director of the Environmental Science Program at Florida

Atlantic University, Senior Wildlife Biologist Laura Brandt from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service and the U.S. Geological Survey and John Galvez, Project Leader of the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Resource Office in Vero Beach. Everglades Day is

a free festival that celebrates the importance of America’s Everglades to South Florida’s

people, animals, and habitats with a day of canoeing, fishing demonstrations, walks,

activities, speakers, educational programs and some of South Florida’s favorite food



The Refuge is open from 5 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week. It is located off U.S.

441/SR 7, two miles south of SR 804 (Boynton Beach Blvd.) and three miles north of

SR 806 (Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue). Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00

p.m., seven days a week. An entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle or $1.00 per pedestrian

is charged. A variety of annual passes, including a $12.00 refuge specific annual pass,

are available. For more information please contact the Administration office at

561-732-3684 or

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protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Loxahatchee Everglades Tours and Audubon Society of the Everglades invite you to enjoy our 17th Annual Everglades Day Festival, held at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR located on US 441/SR 7 south of Boynton Beach Blvd, rain or shine Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This festival focuses attention on the importance of America’s Everglades to South Florida’s people, animals, and habitats. It also provides education, entertainment, and direct experiences. This year’s theme is Songs of the Everglades – celebrating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty and will headline Florida singer/songwriters Dale Crider and Rod MacDonald.

Special features this year will include Rey Becerra representing the Seminole Tribe and Ron Magill of Zoo Miami with a special program. Not to speak of live music; animals from Busch Wildlife and the Palm Beach Zoo; food trucks; kids’ fishing, archery and fun activities; canoeing, guided nature walks – and all the activities that have made this Festival a must-visit event. Except for food trucks, the day is free with ample parking and shuttle buses to the Refuge.

So bring yourself, kids and grand-kids, friends, neighbors and students – and participate in the Songs of the Everglades!

Any questions, call Susan Snyder 561-701-7773, 561-627-7829 or Serena Rinker 561-735-6029.