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2024 Burrowing Owl Festival

Saturday, February 24, 2024

10am – 4pm

The Burrowing Owl Festival Wildlife & Environmental Expo is designed to educate people about burrowing owls, wildlife, and environmental concerns in Southwest Florida.

CCFW is looking for sponsorships, auction items, and promotional or giveaway items for the 2024 festival. This will be the 22nd year of the festival, and we want to make it the best one yet.
All funds raised go toward helping the wildlife of Cape Coral.

The festival is a fun, educational family event – the largest wildlife festival in Southwest Florida featuring:

  • Live animals from Adam’s Animal Encounters
  • Children’s corner with face painting, crafts and educational activities
  • Wildlife experts discussing Burrowing Owls, Gopher Tortoises and other SW Florida wildlife
  • Silent auction, featuring hundreds of items
  • Tours of the Tom Allen Butterfly House
  • Food and beverages
  • Guided bus tours of nature around Cape Coral
  • Exhibits by many conservation and wildlife organizations
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Photography bus tour hosted by renown birding experts David & Tammy McQuade and Eary & Jennifer Warren. Advance registration required.

Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Rd.
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Rotary Park Environmental Center

Wildlife Speakers

All lectures will take place in the Rotary Park Environment Center during the Burrowing Owl Festival.


Nick Jennings

Assistant Regional Species Conservation Biologist – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, SW Region
Nick will provide an update on local burrowing owl habitat, preservation efforts and recent activities around banding and tracking burrowing owls.



Ginnie Pritchett McSpadden

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam project co-founder in 2012
Ginnie will discuss bald eagles, nesting, the history of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, environmental issues regarding the health, welfare and preservation of bald eagles, and hopefully provide us with the latest about M15 & his new mate F23.



Matthew F. Metcalf, MSc

Biologist / Herpetologist / Guide
Matt will discuss the results of a research study on gopher tortoises that took place right here in Cape Coral!  A group of scientists from Florida Gulf Coast University studied gopher tortoise behavior by attaching radio trackers to tortoises and following their movements for a year.  Matt will review the results of the study, habitat needs and preservation of gopher tortoises.  The research was sponsored by Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife.


Sponsored By

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adams animal encounters logo
Rotary Club
Pride Owl Logo
The Westin Logo
Cape Coral Wildlife Trust Logo

Shelley Oram and
Charlotte Taft

Susan Hagaman
Hagaman Trust


Michiale Schneider

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Ian Vincent and Associates Logo

Ed and Pascha Donaldson

Patricia Guard and William Barrett

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Sampaio Dental Logo
Trader Joes Logo
Fifth Third Bank Logo

Solange Wiest

Carl Veaux
In memory of Charlotte Veaux

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Logo