The Brevard Nature Alliance is proud to assemble a prestigious group of nationally and internationally recognized naturalists, biologists, ornithologists, photographers, scientists, writers, historians and artists for the 17th Annual Festival. Additionally, the Alliance is fortunate to continue relationships with the many sponsors, partners and volunteers who support our event. Lastly, we could not present this premier event without the variety of bird species that come to us via the Atlantic Flyway and the plethora of wildlife and plants that make their home on Florida’s Space Coast.
The Festival focuses on the abundance and diversity of the natural world around us - from the Atlantic Ocean westward to the St. Johns River and surrounding wetlands. Educational emphasis is placed on the preservation and management of animals and their habitats, as well as the cultural heritage and historical venues to be found in East Central Florida. The theme of this festival will be about RAPTORS - interesting and intriguing birds of prey. We will be offering new classroom presentations, field trips and special events as well as having four outstanding Keynotes.
The Festival is dedicated to being more environmentally responsible by:
- Decreasing the amount of solid waste produced by the event by providing recycle receptacles for paper, metal, plastic & glass.
- Using paperless technology – Internet advertising, blogs, social media and electronic registrations. Festival on-site registrations, surveys and evaluations can be done by the registrant using our laptops and iPads.
- Disposing of solid and liquid waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Encouraging Exhibitors and Food Service vendors to help close the recycling loop by being more environmentally responsible. Selecting the Fairfield Inn as Host Hotel who is designated as a Green Hotel by meeting certain environmental standards and provides recycling receptacles for paper, metal, plastic & glass.
Thank you for attending the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. Enjoy the Socials each day as they are your chance to meet and mingle with attendees, presenters, field trip leaders, sponsors, and exhibitors from around the world, as well as the Festival staff and volunteers. Be sure to visit Historic Downtown Titusville to stroll through the specialty shops, art galleries and enjoy a meal at one of our fine restaurants.
The Brevard Nature Alliance
Pelagic Birding Boat Trip
Pelagic birds are species that spend a significant portion of their lives on the open ocean, rarely venturing to land except to breed. Long-time birders know that a pelagic trip can be as exciting as birding can get, and offshore pelagic trips in Florida offer a new frontier. New birders are in for an unforgettable experience. For all birders, this is an exciting opportunity to add to your life-list. Learn more...
The Raptor Project
An outstanding array of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. The Raptor Project leads the way in outstanding, top quality, professional wildlife education. Jonathan Wood, president and founder of "The Raptor Project" is a federally licensed Master Falconer, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Raptor Propagator and Game Bird Breeder and is also licensed to handle eagles and endangered species for educational programs. Learn more....
Rendezvous with the Raptors
An evening with outstanding eagles, hawks, falcons and owls that have won the attention of enthralled audiences throughout the nation. Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar. Photo opportunity for up-close and personal photo with a Raptor. Hosted by the Brevard Zoo. Learn more...
Neta talks about the 2014 Festival
Impromptu video by Walter Keily (Walter's Photos). Not scripted - really - but hope this brings you to the FUNdraiser and the Festival.
Festival News to Use
The 2014 Festival has so many activities from which to choose – please note these special ones that I recommend: Wednesday's Seafood Jubliee and Keynote at Fox Lake Park, Seabird Photography Workshop, Extreme Raptor Photoshop, Making Oyster Mats. And don't forget, there's also things to do for non-birders.
Promise In Brevard (PROMISE) and the Brevard Nature Alliance (BNA) are partnering during the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) to promote awareness of individuals with special needs throughout our community of Brevard County. PROMISE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop community awareness and establish appropriate housing and lifestyle choices for persons with disabilities. Learn more...
Hummingbirds of the World
James Currie will take us on a personal journey of the Americas and the Caribbean in search of some of the world's most bizarre hummingbirds. From the Andes to Jamaica, James will show footage from his years of filming these unique birds, including the bizarre and frantic search for the long-lost Bogota Sunangel in Colombia. Learn more...
Make Your Own Bird Feeder
Sponsored by Ace Hardware - Titusville. Ace Hardware is furnishing the hangers and birdseed for this project. You will be able to help your child with placing the hanger in a plastic bottle, filling it with birdseed and finding a good spot for hanging your new feeder in a tree at home. These free supplies will be located at the Astronaut High School Environmental Club booth in the Exhibit area.
Sponsored in part by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
In Partnership with Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus.
The Southeast Tourism Society promotes economic development through travel and sustainable tourism in 12 states of the Southeast U.S. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival has been the recipient of this recognition three times.
These businesses have donated merchandise or promotional materials to the 2014 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. We thank them for their thoughtfulness and participation in this community event.
- Brevard Lumber Company - Titusville
Welcome everyone! The Exhibit Center, located in the Gymnatorium, is the site of important Festival traditions and activities in which we invite you to visit and participate. Here you will find the annual Bird Count List, Silent Auction and more than 75 excellent exhibitors: artists, crafters, wildlife & birding organizations, nature-specialty businesses, photography, optics from the most-recognized companies, nature tour companies and outdoor equipment. The Raptor Project will be on stage providing scheduled educational shows.
Classroom presentations and field trips are arranged so that there is time to view beautiful art and craftwork, find out more about the area and birds spotted, and acquire a gift for someone, including yourself.
Exhibit Center hours are:
- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 3:00pm-5:00pm
- Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:00am-7:00pm
- Friday, Jan. 24, 10:00am-7:00pm
- Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:00am-7:00pm
- Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:00am-3:00pm
What To Wear
January is typically Florida's coldest month, but temperatures can fluctuate wildly. Expect average temps to be in the 40s and 50s at night and the 60s and 70s in the daytime. Temperatures can dip into the 30s at night and never leave the 50s during the daytime after a strong cold front. Rain is very scarce in January, however, a cold front may be accompanied by a squall line. Plan to layer your clothing. It can be very cold at sunrise and then warm up nicely during the day. It could be chilly out on the water on kayak and boat trips, so dress warmly. Be sure to bring rain gear if you are going on the pelagic trip! More than likely the wind will blow and spray will fly. The Gymnatorium can be chilly too. Bring a sweater or a jacket if you are an exhibitor.
Classroom & Field Trip Tips
A long sleeved shirt or light jacket may make your classroom experience more enjoyable - all rooms are air-conditioned.
The field trip staging area is in front of the Gymnatorium. Most bus trips will depart from that area. Carpool groups will meet there also. You will be directed to your bus location by the Transportation Monitors, who will be available for each departure. Departure times are firm - arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Please bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and rain gear (just in case). It is recommended for field trips that you wear comfortable shoes/sneakers, comfortable shirts, and long pants (protection against insects and thorns). Some fielld trips may require boots.
Don't forget your camera, binoculars, or other equipment that will make your festival experience more memorable.
Contact the Festival Office by phone: 800-460-2664 or 321-268-5224, by fax: 321-268-0921 or by e-mail: email@example.com. Mailing address is P. O. Box 517, Titusville, FL 32781-0517. The office is staffed from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Office functions will move to Brevard Community College - Titusville campus (1311 North US 1, Titusville, FL 32796) on Jan. 22, 2013 to facilitate the set-up of the Exhibit Center. Telephone numbers and email address remain the same for contact during the Festival.
The Festival Registration Desk is located in the Lobby of the Gymnatorium and will be open each day to facilitate early Field Trips.
- Tuesday, Jan. 21 - 1pm to 5pm for courtesy pick up of ID and Welcome Bag only - the registration desk will not be open.
- Wednesday, Jan. 22 - 6:00am to 4:00pm (Closed early for Festival Welcome Reception set up at Fox Lake Park)
- Thursday, Jan. 23 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
- Friday, Jan. 24 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
- Saturday, Jan. 25 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
- Sunday, Jan. 26 - 6:00am to 1:00pm (Festival closes at 3pm)
Food service will be available Wednesday through Sunday in the Snack Bar area as follows:
- Free Coffee or Hot Tea by the Festival – available for you to serve yourself Wednesday through Saturday
- Lunch: Variety of items served 11am-2pm by local food service providers as well as a Food Truck or two.
- Tables are available in the south hall of the Gym building and outside in the covered Pavilion near the Art Show entrance.
- Water is available on each Field Trip bus and per bottle for car pools – please pick up at the Registration Desk.
Please Note: No food or drink allowed in the Auditorium, Classroom or Keynote presentations, or the Art Show.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The Festival is ADA accessible to classrooms, restrooms, food service, Exhibit Area, Art Show and Silent Auction. Arrangements for participation in Field Trips, boat and kayak trips are handled on an individual basis.
- Laurilee Thompson, Festival Founder
- Neta Harris, Executive Director
- Rhonda Harris, Progams Coordinator
- Dianne George, Community Relations
- DeeAnn Jennings Kiesel, Graphic Design
Volunteers from this community are the life of every activity offered during the Festival. These dedicated people bring a diverse energy to the tasks that help to make the Festival a success. In all of the evaluations we receive regarding the effectiveness of the Festival, the attitude, helpfulness and caring of the people on the front line of contact have always been given the highest marks of satisfaction. Visit our Volunteer Section to learn more.
Every effort was made to assure the accuracy of the information within this publication; however, the Brevard Nature Alliance and Objet D'Art cannot guarantee total correctness due to possible human and/or mechanical error.
The mission of the Brevard Nature Alliance, Inc. is to build public awareness and appreciation of the value of Brevard County's natural resources by fostering and promoting ethical nature-based tourism.
For more information or to become a member of the BNA, contact Neta Harris at 321-268-5224 or visit the website - www.brevardnaturealliance.org
The Brevard Nature Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The value of your donation may be deductible for tax purposes.
*A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. Registration #: CH19903 - Florida Solicitation of Contribution Act.