Birding is a beloved pastime in many of Volusia County’s natural communities – especially here in Deland, DeBary, Lake Mary, and Deltona. A wide variety of feathered friends find shelter in our lush landscapes, including some endangered species, as well. Since we are surrounded by these vibrant and intelligent creatures, it only makes sense to acquaint ourselves more with them! Learn more about Volusia County birding by reading our guide below.
The West Volusia Audubon Society
Birding is an experience best enjoyed with fellow avian aficionados. If you’re new to bird watching, or just looking for a friendly community to discuss it with, then check out the West Volusia Audubon Society in Deland! The Society is celebrating 60 years of stewardship and enjoyment of the natural world in Volusia County, and they’re currently involved with the Lyonia Environmental Center, Gemini Springs, and the Blue Spring Alliance. Consider speaking with the West Volusia Audubon Society to find a gateway to the birding world.
If you’re ready to venture out and catch glimpses of Volusia County’s beautiful bird species, then you absolutely must visit the following parks.
Audubon Park (Deltona)
Audubon Park is a recreational facility featuring natural trails and interpretive venues. This park claims 60 acres in Deltona and includes four small bodies of water that are used for stormwater management. You are likely to see a myriad of native and migratory birds here.
Hontoon Island State Park (DeLand)
This secluded island on the St. Johns River is only accessible via passenger ferry or private boat, but the trip is more than worth it. Hontoon Island State Park is home to evidence of Native American habitation that has endured thousands of years, as well as abundant wildlife and bird species. Picnic areas, restrooms, camping, and a playground provide guests with plenty of amenities to spend their time in as much comfort as possible.
Hontoon Landing Resort (DeLand)
Next door to the Island State Park, you can find the Hontoon Landing Resort. This destination is planted with trees, vines, perennials, and annuals that are all carefully selected to attract hummingbirds. Plus, artificial feeders are placed throughout the resort to make it more hospitable for this captivating species. Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are frequent guests at the Resort, much to the enjoyment of guests and staff.
Lake Beresford Park (DeLand)
This incredible park can be found within the 210-acre Lake Beresford Greenway. Lake Beresford Park serves as a trail head for the famous Spring-to-Spring Trail, with a 1.8-mile paved loop around the perimeter of the park – plus a 3-mile extension trail connecting to Blue Spring State Park. Guests can enjoy natural trails, picnic pavilions, and plenty of parking to accommodate their birding excursion.
The Birds of Volusia County
Curious to know which birds you can find right here in Volusia County’s backyard? We’ve got you covered with this list of common (and uncommon, too) birds found throughout our communities.
- Brown-Headed Cowbird
- Northern Cardinal
- Sandhill Crane (threatened)
- Mourning Dove
- Bald Eagle (endangered)
- Snowy Egret
- Little Blue Heron
- Florida Scrub Jay – the only bird that is unique to Florida
- And many, many more!
If you have a passion for bird watching, or simply want to learn more, then you’re already living in the perfect place for it. Volusia County is proud to take care of these varied species, and we’re excited to add to our long history of bird watching. This weekend, consider visiting any of the above parks to observe the beautiful birds that call Florida home!