Phoebes Bird Walk: Matheson Hammock Park

The Phoebes' (all-female birding group) Eliana Ardila Ardila of "Birding By Bus" will lead a bird walk at Matheson Hammock Park. Meet at 7:30am in the parking area at the South end of the park, adjacent to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL, 33156). The walk is open to female birders of any experience level. For those without binoculars, Leica Store Miami will provide optics on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. After the walk, join the Phoebes for a late-morning picnic in the park. Please bring your favorite picnic bites to share! A stop along the Florida Birding Trail, Matheson Hammock Park is comprised of grassy fields and tall hardwood hammocks that host migratory songbirds and vagrants from the tropics. An old palm plantation hosts different species of exotic parrots like Red-masked Parakeets and Hill Mynahs and native mangroves and coastal beaches also see action from passing shorebirds and waders. Fall migration is a time of peak species diversity at this local park and one that will likely offers us a bouquet of warblers and other songbirds.