Keynote Speakers

Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne, authors of the new book; Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America

Kevin Loughlin, wildlife photographer and owner of Wildside Nature Tours

Kevin Loughlin Wildside Nature Tours

Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, Florida

Michael Brothers Marine Science Center

Spotlight presentations include Greg Miller on "How to Plan a Big Year"; an Ask the Experts panel on "Gulls Simplified",
Sam Fried (Flights of Fancy Adventures) and author and artist, Julie Zickefoose.

Festival Closing Celebration will include a performance by the Rain Crows (members of the Birdwatchers Digest birding and personal family).

Rain Crows Music

2018 Festival Sponsors

Interested in becoming a Sponsor for the 2018 Festival?

Perhaps your business would be interested in sponsoring an Event at the Festival - Keynote Presentation, Opening Reception, Afternoon Social, etc. Contact us at 321-268-5224 or to discuss how to get more exposure for your product and business before, during and after the Festival. Check out our 2017 Sponsors page.

2018 Festival Exhibitors

We anticipate selling out again this year! Thank you birding community for making our Exhibit Center a "must attend" event! Applications will be acknowledge in the order received, and payment processing will begin in mid-September.

2018 Exhibit Center Cover Letter   -   Click here to download (pdf)
2018 Exhibit Center Registration Form   -   Click here to download (pdf)
2018 Exhibit Center Building 4 Layout   -   Click here to download (pdf)

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See What Took Place Last Year.

  • 2018 Festival Sponsorship Guide
  • 2017 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Summary & Statistical Information
  • 2017 SCBWF EIR Report
  • 2017 Festival Registration Guide (This is the publication that includes Field Trip and Photography descriptions.)
  • 2017 Festival Attendee Guide (This is the publication that includes Exhibitor List and Classroom and Workshop descriptions.)
  • 2017 Festival Schedule
  • Birds Seen on 2017 Field Trips
  • Checklist of Birds with Historical Sightings from the Past Ten Years

The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival sadly shares the news on the loss of Neta Harris after a brief battle with cancer.

Neta's one request was to be remembered for her love of the birds! There could never be any doubt. Neta has been an integral part of the festival since its inception 20 years ago. Because of her work, the festival is not just known by Space Coast residents, but by birders from across the country and around the world. With her persistence, time, and energy the festival became one of the best and well known in the country. There isn't anyone who is anybody in the birding world that does not know Neta Harris.

Neta was very active in the community and played a pivotal role on advisory boards for the Brevard Country Parks and Recreation. She was a tenacious, consummate professional whose kind and generous spirit, and passionate advocacy has benefited all who visit or call Space Coast home. She was a strong advocate for the promotion, protection, and use of the Space Coast resources as an outstanding destination for birding and wildlife, cultural and nature based eco-tourism activities. She loved sharing ideas, experiences, and knowledge with others to nurture and mentor.

The Brevard Nature Alliance Board of Directors and I are working together on ways to honor and celebrate Neta's contributions. We will keep everyone posted as details are finalized.

We'd like to think there is one more bird singing in heaven today!

Barb Eager
Brevard Nature Alliance & SCBWF
Executive Director

Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Bald Eagle (top) - Jim Zipp, Festival photos - Roy Thoman, Bird photos - Jim Eager