Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne - Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America
Kevin Loughlin - Protecting Wild Places...One Trip at a Time
Michael Brothers - Voyagers on the Open Sea - The Pelagic Birds of Prey
Clay Taylor, Wed. January 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Hawks and Me - 40 Years of Chasing Hawks with Binocular, Camera, and Bow Trap
Greg Miller, Wed. January 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm DIY Big Year (Do It Yourself Big Year)
Pete Dunne, Kevin Karlson, Michael Brothers, Amar Ayyash, Thurs. January 25, 3:30pm - 5:00pm Gulls Simplified: Ask the Experts
Sam Fried, Fri. January 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm Continental Drift - A Journey Across North America
Julie Zickefoose, Sat. January 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest
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 2018 Sponsors page.
The Exhibit Center is the heart of the Festival. More than 80 booths will be geared towards the birding, wildlife and nature enthusiast. We anticipate selling out all of the booths again this year! Thank you birding community for making our Exhibit Center a "must attend" event! Applications will be acknowledged in the order received.
Exhibit Center Hours are:
The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is very dependent and appreciates the enormous support of its volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer at the SCBWF 2018 Festival, please email Ruth Cook at or call 321-268-5224.
Florida's birds are adapted to prepare for hurricanes. Birds are sensitive to barometric pressure, so they can sense when a major storm is on the way. Birds then adjust their behavior to prepare in a variety of ways. Some migratory birds migrate sooner than they otherwise would. Other birds have been known to fly into, ahead of, or through a storm, or get trapped inside the storm, which can often end up relocating birds to places they aren't normally found in. For example, a Roseate Spoonbill likely somehow displaced by Irma was recently seen in New Jersey. Birds that don't migrate often shelter in place, trying to find cover wherever they can. In residential areas, dense shrubs and other native vegetation can provide cover for birds during extreme storms. In the end though, hurricanes are likely to at least temporarily affect habitat and food sources, which can put pressure on already stressed species. Thankfully, we can put the emphasis on "temporarily".
To read more of "Hurricane Irma Impact on Central Florida Birding", click here to download.
Our downloads page includes valuable information such as Hotel Information, Birds Seen on Past Field Trips, Hurricane Irma Impact Report, Eastern Florida State College Titusville Campus Map, Statistical Summary and Economic Impact Report for the 2017 Festival and more. Click here to download these PDF docs.
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!
Brevard Nature Alliance & SCBWF
Photo Credits: Bald Eagle (top) - Jim Zipp, Festival photos - Roy Thoman, Bird photos - Jim Eager