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1. This weekend: Festival of Birds

Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, the Jan. 12-14 event encourages exploration of the local environment through dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered by local partners. Field trip prices range from $20 - $140, and registration is required. This year, field trip registration includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday and three featured lectures. The Saturday evening Keynote Presentation is by Dr. Ken Meyer with Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) and is entitled “Data-driven Conservation for Florida’s Imperiled Raptors and Water Birds: 20 Years of Discovery Through ARCI’s Remote Tracking Studies.” Admission is $25 and includes light refreshments. Registration is required. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar. 

2. Saturday: Breakfast and Birds

Friends of Tigertail is hosting the 14th Breakfast and Birds on Tigertail Beach, 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13. Bring your own breakfast and binoculars. Meet other birders interested in learning how to identify wading and shorebirds that forage in the Tigertail lagoon during the winter. Birding ID cards, hats and T-shirts will be available. FOTT memberships are tax deductible and benefit a scholarship program. Free to the public. No reservations required. Information: FriendsofTigertail.com. 

3. Sunday: MICMS celebrates 20th anniversary

Marco Island Charter Middle School is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Island Country Club. Wear your best country western attire. The event features the Ben Allen Band and line dancing with Betty Newman. Tickets are $100 per person. Table sponsorships are also available. Information: Allyson Richards, email allysonrichards@me.com or call 770-366-0653. 

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