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19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
January 20 - 25, 2016
Welcome to Florida's Space Coast and the 18th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival
The Brevard Nature Alliance is proud to assemble a prestigious group of locally, nationally and internationally recognized scientists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, naturalists, artists and authors. Additionally, the Brevard Nature Alliance is fortunate to continue relationships with the many sponsors, partners and volunteers who support the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. 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 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival focuses on the abundance and diversity of the natural world around us, from the Atlantic Ocean westward through the Indian River Lagoon estuary system to the St. Johns River and surrounding wetlands. Educational emphasis is placed on the preservation and management of species and their habitats, as well as the cultural heritage and historical venues to be found in East Central Florida. The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival features bird and wildlife watching opportunities, nature and technology tours, boat and kayaking trips, field trips, seminars, workshops, photography sessions and evening keynote presentations.
The Brevard Nature Alliance partners with a number of businesses and organizations ---local, national and international---for each Festival in order to offer a variety of immediately topical presentations, field experiences and published authors. For the 18th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, we are teaming with Swarovski Optik to focus on the emerging and popular photography method, Digiscoping. The concept is simple. Place a digital camera next to the eyepiece of a spotting scope and fire away, but, there is more than the concept to consider. Clay Taylor, along with his group of erudite digiscopers, have planned a week-long program to introduce you to Digiscoping and for the more experienced, challenge your skills by offering new techniques. See the Program Section devoted to Digiscoping for species.
Thank you for attending the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. We invite you to the Afternoon Socials - held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 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. Plan a visit to Historic Downtown Titusville on Wednesday for our opening Welcome Reception as we team with the Titusville Playhouse at the Historic Emma Parrish Theater, or go for a stroll through the specialty shops, art galleries and enjoy a meal at one of our fine area restaurants.
The Brevard Nature Alliance
Festival Opening Welcome Reception
An Evening with Julie Zickefoose Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:00pm-8:30pm; at the Historic Emma Parrish Theatre; $30 includes keynote and reception. You are cordially invited to spend an evening with Julie at the newly renovated Titusville Playhouse in historic downtown Titusville. Learn more...
World Digiscoper Meeting
Digiscopers from North America and across the world are invited to attend the World Digiscopers Meeting (registration is required), held simultaneously at the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, meeting face-to-face with other digiscopers that they might have known for years only through online forums send e-mail communications. Clay Taylor, Swarovski Optik Naturalist Market Manager, wants to provide an opportunity for this growing accessory to birding and wildlife watching to be explored, discussed, shared, used competitively and pleasurably and as an essential learning experience. Learn more...
Registration is Online Only
Birding festival registrations are online only this year. There is no mail-in registration form. To register securely, go to our attendees page and follow instructions. You can also find registration on our top navigation. Go to "Registration" and choose "Attendees" from the drop down.
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...
Special Features & Family Fun
All Festival activities are suitable for young people and many are of educational value for K-12. The following activities may be of particular interest to families. Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free to all Classroom presentations and Keynote presentations when accompanied by a paying adult. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Rendezvous with the Raptors
On January 17, 2015, spend a casual but exciting 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...
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 with Jonathan Wood, president and founder of "The Raptor Project". Learn more....
When Eagles Roar
Join James Currie as he tells stories and reads excerpts from his upcoming book 'When Eagles Roar'. James' story begins with his roots in South Africa growing up under apartheid. His love of wildlife and birds, craving for adventure, and his mischievous nature lead him into humorous and life threatening situations. Learn more...
The BNA along with the Space Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society and the Young Birders of Brevard will have the 2nd Annual Family Scavenger Hunt. Space is limited, so don't wait. Learn more...
Learn to make an oyster mat
The Oyster Restoration Project, in partnership with the Brevard Zoo and the University of Central Florida, is unique in that it is a powerful tool in restoring aquatic habitat and it provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in hands-on conservation effort. Oysters have great potential for restoring the health of the Indian River Lagoon. 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. See the Information Desk for more information.
Birding Festival Host Hotel
The Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center in Titusville has been named once again the official hotel of the Brevard Nature Alliance's Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival for 2015.
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.
These businesses have donated merchandise or promotional materials to the 2015 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. We thank them for their thoughtfulness and participation in this community event.
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. 21, 2:00pm-5:00pm
- Thursday, Jan. 22, 10:00am-7:00pm
- Friday, Jan. 23, 10:00am-7:00pm
- Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00am-7:00pm
- Sunday, Jan. 25, 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact the Festival Office by phone: 321-268-5224, by fax: 321-268-0921 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 20, 2015 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. 20 - 1pm to 5pm for courtesy pick up of ID and Welcome Bag only - the registration desk will not be open.
- Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 24 - 6:00am to 4:00pm
- Sunday, Jan. 25 - 6:00am to 10:00am (Festival closes at 1pm)
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 Sunday
- Lunch: Variety of items served 11am-2pm by local food service providers in the snack bar as well as outside concessions. Some vendors will have breakfast type items available as well.
- 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.
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