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 WhatWhenandWhere.net 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Release #: 16/2-1
February 1, 2016 Contact: Joseph Whelan 561.735.6020
ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/arm_loxahatchee.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve,
protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of
the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it
happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at
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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.