2022 Burrowing Owl Festival - Wildlife and Environmental Expo  will be on Saturday, February 26, 2022

2021 Burrowing Owl Festival

The in person event was cancelled due to COVID-19. We held an Owl Fest Auction to raise money to support our mission. We raised over $8000. Please visit our 2021 Donor List Click here

   You can check out the items that sold click here


"Hoot" (the movie) Comes to Rotary Park!

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW), in conjunction with Cape Coral Special Events Division, and Rotary Park Staff arranged for a special "Movie in the Park" night. The exciting and inspiring movie "Hoot" was shown on February 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm. The film is about a group of children trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from becoming the site of an "All American Pancake House."  The movie, released in 2006, stars Brie Larson and Luke Wilson and features music by Jimmy Buffet. "Hoot" is based on a novel of the same name by author Carl Hiaason, who donated the original manuscript to Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife to help raise money for their protection of burrowing owls. CCFW members were film consultants.



2020 Burrowing Owl Festival (Last years event)

Festival Highlights:

  • Adams Animal Encounters will be our featured wildlife expert and educator with dozens of live Florida animals including, reptiles, small gators, snakes, and amphibians.
  • 35+ Wildlife and Environmental Exhibitors to inform you on SW Florida news
  • We are introducing our New Burrowing Owl Exhibit with videos and informational displays
  • Introducing our new burrowing owl mascot: Athene (pronounced: a-THEE-neh) to delight young and old alike, while symbolizing our mission to protect our planet and its wildlife.
  • We have added another auditorium for lectures about the wildlife and environmental topics. See topics below
  • We are please to announce that we have arranged for a featured speaker: David H. Johnson, who currently works at the Global Owl Project. His current project is a 12-year demographic study of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) 2010 thru 2022.
  • New: Free Flora and Fauna tours of Rotary Park.
  • We are expanding our Kids Crafts area and will have some new exciting activities.
  • We are initiating a Schools Environmental Showcase where local students can display and speak about their wildlife and environmental efforts.
  • Guided bus tours  to observe the Burrowing Owl habitats in Cape Coral more info
  • Photographers Birding tour with noted wildlife photographers Tammy & David McQuade that will be conducting the tour ( sign up: Link to EventBrite CCFW Photographers Birding Tour:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cape-coral-friends-of-wildlife-photographers-birding-bus-tour-tickets-85763921197?aff=ebdssbeac
  • We will have dozens of local artists and crafts vendors showing and selling nature themed arts and crafts.
  • Free Tours of our Interactive Butterfly Pavilion. Many native butterflies to see.
  • The SW Florida Astronomy club will be here so you and see the spots on the Sun!
  • Silent auction: supports our non profit when you buy a gift.

Be sure and stay for lunch.  Several food vendors will be on site to serve you up some great tasting food. See food options

All proceeds go towards the preservation and protection of our wildlife resources. Our sister 501-3c is the Cape Coral Wildlife Trust which has bought and is in the process of looking to buy land  inhabited by burrowing owls or gopher tortoises here in Cape Coral. Lot donations would be gladly appreciated. Please call 239-980-2593 for questions.

We would like to thank all our sponsors:

2020 sponsors


Presentations: Environmental Center

Start End Drtn Topic
10:30 11:20 50 mins TBD
11:30 12:20 50 mins Global Owl Project
12:30 1:20 50 mins Blue Green Algae
1:30 2:20 50 mins History of Cape Coral
2:30 3:20 50 mins Flight of the Butterflies (movie)

Presentations: Tent Auditorium

Start End Drtn Topic
1 10:30 10:50 20 CCFW What we do
2 11:00 11:20 20 Invasive Species
3 11:30 11:50 20 Caloosahatchee River Rights
4 12:00 12:20 20 Coyotes in Cape Coral
5 12:30 12:50 20 Water Quality
6 1:00 1:20 20 Fishing in Cape Coral
7 1:30 1:50 20 Florida Snakes
8 2:00 2:20 20 CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
9 2:30 2:50 20 Peace River Wildlife Center
10 3:00 3:20 20 Master Gardeners of Lee


Burrowing Owl habitats in Cape Coral

Number of tours and times may change



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Food Options

Rotary Club of Cape Coral will be selling Beer, Hot Dogs and bottled water. They are also selling a Vegan Hot dog.

Love Boat Ice Cream will be selling premium hand made ice cream. They will also have a dairy free option.

Kettle Corn Vendor (made with soybean oil is vegetarian)

Hamburgers and Mediterranean Fair.