Wings over Florida

           

           

            Male Painted Bunting                by Mike Brinkley

            Male Painted Bunting 

              by Mike Brinkley

             

             

Wings Over Florida is a free bird and butterfly listing recognition program that challenges, and rewards people for identifying and recording native species within the state to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Certificates are awarded to participants when they reach one or multiple listing milestones. They are 6 birding life list certificates offered, along with 1 big year birding certificate and 6 butterfly life list certificates.

These programs are suitable for beginning or experienced birders and butterfly watchers.

Rules of the Wings over Florida Bird Program:

1. No Exotic species (established or non-established) can be counted; no captive, escaped birds can be counted.
2. All birds listed must be alive, wild, and unrestrained when observed.
3. All birds listed must be identified by sight or sound by the person submitting the application.
4. Only one individual may be listed on each certificate awarded.
5. all species seen and/or heard were done so in an ethical manner. for more information on birding ethics visit the American birding association code of ethics webpage. 

Rules of the Wings over Florida Butterfly Program:

1. No captive, escaped butterflies can be counted.
2. All butterflies listed must be alive, wild, and unrestrained when observed.
3. All butterflies listed must be identified by sight by the person submitting the application.
4. Only one individual may be listed on each certificate awarded.

Identifying Florida's 180+ butterfly and 500+ bird species is a challenging activity, especially for those who are just starting out, but there are lots of resources out there to help:  

Click here for a Guide to Bird Watching

Click here for a Bird Identification App

Click here for a Guide to Butterflies in Florida

Keep track of the butterflies and birds you identify using your Florida Bird Checklist and Florida Checklist of Butterflies. Once you have reached the first level of achievement, complete and submit your completed application (found with the Checklist).

Participants can apply online or by mail for certificates.

To apply you will need to download a Florida Bird Checklist and/or Florida Checklist of Butterflies. Fill out the application in the end of the checklist and mail it to: 

Wings Over Florida,

P.O. Box 6181,

Tallahassee, Florida 32301-6181.

To apply online follow the instructions on the fillable Florida Checklist of Butterflies to submit electronically.

 
        Zebra Longwong Butterfly                by Mike Brinkley

        Zebra Longwong Butterfly

               by Mike Brinkley