Dry Tortugas: Apr 25—28, 2018
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- Apr 27, 2016: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 29, 2015: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 21, 2014: Dry Tortugas
- May 01, 2013: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 22, 2013: Dry Tortugas
- May 02, 2012: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 27, 2011: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 28, 2010: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 30, 2009: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 30, 2008: Dry Tortugas
- May 02, 2007: Dry Tortugas
- May 03, 2006: Dry Tortugas
- Apr 10, 2005: Dry Tortugas
Past Field Lists:
- Apr 27, 2016: Dry Tortugas: PDF (5.2 MB)
- Apr 29, 2015: Dry Tortugas: PDF (6.1 MB)
- Apr 21, 2014: Dry Tortugas: PDF (2.3 MB)
- May 01, 2013: Dry Tortugas: PDF (792.4 KB)
- Apr 22, 2013: Dry Tortugas: PDF (1.7 MB)
- May 02, 2012: Dry Tortugas: PDF (906.8 KB)
- Apr 27, 2011: Dry Tortugas: PDF (41.8 KB)
- Apr 28, 2010: Dry Tortugas: PDF (46.3 KB)
- Apr 30, 2009: Dry Tortugas: PDF (42.1 KB)
- Apr 30, 2008: Dry Tortugas: PDF (46.4 KB)
- May 02, 2007: Dry Tortugas: PDF (43.4 KB)
- May 03, 2006: Dry Tortugas: PDF (110.1 KB)
- Apr 10, 2005: Dry Tortugas: PDF (93.1 KB)
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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas— Photo: Brennan Mulrooney
Unique birding experience to a tropical island outpost features nesting colonies of terns, boobies, and frigatebirds; high potential for migrating warblers and many other songbirds; and the rich history of Civil War-era Fort Jefferson.
Seventy miles west of Key West, Florida lies a cluster of coralline islands known as the Dry Tortugas. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters of the Gulf of Mexico, these sandy outposts form the core of Dry Tortugas National Park. As the only tropical islands associated with the mainland United States, the Tortugas are most famous for the colonies of seabirds that nest here and nowhere else in the country.
On tiny Bush Key, birders can witness the gathering of tens of thousands of Sooty Terns and Brown Noddies, while nearby Hospital Key and Long Key are home to smaller but equally remarkable colonies of Masked Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds.
Garden Key, site of historic Fort Jefferson and headquarters of the national park, serves as a vital oasis for migrating land birds including warblers (more than 15 species possible), thrushes, cuckoos, orioles, buntings, and more. Scouring the key for migrants, there is always the possibility of finding a West Indian stray. Past tours have seen White-tailed Tropicbird, Red-footed Booby, Black Noddy, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Bahama Mockingbird, and Bananaquit.
Travel to the Tortugas is by boat; smooth conditions expected but rough water possible; sunny and hot weather likely, with rain storms possible.