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2017 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

20th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival
January 25-30, 2017

Eastern Florida State College - Titusville Campus
(Formerly Brevard Community College)
1311 North US1, Titusville, Florida 32796
28░38'2.68"N • 80░49'27.97"W
Festival phone number: 321-268-5224
barb@brevardnaturealliance.org
www.scbwf.org



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January 20, 2017

Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Hosts Birding Festival Field Trips

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program will be hosting a variety of field trips at local nature sanctuaries in partnership with the 2017 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. The festival, now in its 20th year, is one of the premier birding festivals in the United States, and hosts exhibitors from all over the world.

The Festival, scheduled Jan. 25-30, is based out of the Eastern Florida State College Titusville Campus and has something for everyone - from lectures and short field trips geared to first-time birders and wildlife enthusiasts, to workshops and full-day marathon trips for those who have been observing wildlife for a long time. Field trips are led by a mix of local experts and tour leaders from all parts of the world. Many of the trip leaders are also presenting on their areas of expertise throughout the event.

The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, Brevard County's land conservation initiative, will be hosting 16 festival field trips at 8 local nature sanctuaries as part of the festival. The field trips will highlight local land conservation efforts and the variety of wildlife and ecosystems being preserved under this unique conservation program. ╩Field trip topics include birdwatching, bird song identification, night hikes, Scrub Jay hikes, sanctuary tours, pioneer hikes, planets and their uses, and a miniature wonders hike.

To sign up for a hike, visit the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival website at www.SCBWF.org for the field trip schedule and quick and secure online registration. Festival registration fees apply. For more information call 321-268-5888 or 321-255-4466.


January 16, 2017

Orlando Wetlands Park

Since the Orlando Wetlands Park is now open year around, volunteers will have the park's education center (except January 26) open, as well as, have tours available all of the days of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival - January 25 - 30, 2017. For further information, please contact the park at 407- 568-1706 or email orlandowetlandspark@cityoforlando.net or website http://www.cityoforlando.net/wetlands/ or http://orlandowetlands.org/.


January 10, 2017

20th Annual Space Coast Birding/Wildlife Festival Plans Silent Auction Event

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The 20th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) is scheduled for Jan. 25 - 30 at Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus.

Please help us celebrate by first, attending, and secondly, by donating to our Silent Auction, which will be held throughout the festival. The proceeds from this year's Silent Auction will be used to support our "Give Back to Conservation" initiative. This year's recipients include Spoil Island Restoration Projects and Anglers for Conservation, both deserving of any contributions they receive.

The Brevard Nature Alliance, hosts of the SCBWF, appreciates support from the community in the form of: Gift certificates for hotel stays, meals, attraction tickets, services, goods to be sold, etc. as donations to our Silent Auction. These are tax-deductible contributions and a tax-exempt certificate can be provided upon request.

During the dates of the 20th SCBWF, if you can place a "Welcome Birders" message on your billboards, signage, websites, Facebook pages it would be appreciated. During the 2016 Festival, attendees spent over $1.21 million dollars while visiting Florida's Space Coast. Please help us make them feel welcome and appreciated.

Please contact Neta Harris, Marketing and Resources for the 20th SCBWF for pick up of donations, further questions or assistance, promotion opportunities, etc. Phone (321) 268-5224 or email neta@brevardnaturealliance.org.


January 6, 2017

Titusville Playhouse to Host Rodney Smith for Space Coast Birding/Wildlife Fest

BREVARD COUNTY, FL.--The Titusville Playhouse is hosting the 2017 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival opening Keynote Presentation by local conservationist and author, Rodney Smith. Smith's topic is Do Birds, Dolphin and Manatee Think Feel? Do You?

Festival leaders are presenting an opportunity to Titusville and Brevard County residents to attend this onetime event scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Please email an RSVP to: barb.eager@brevardnaturealliance.org so that a seat will be reserved for you. Festival attendees who have registered for this event will retain their reserved seat. Located at 301 Julia St., in downtown Titusville, parking will be available in the public lot to the east of the Playhouse and street parking is plentiful in the surrounding area.

Smith, storyteller, author, business owner, publisher, community leader, philanthropist, historian and visionary knows that bringing people together is a big part of success. His loves are the waters of Florida, and all the life surrounding and within the oceans, lagoons, and rivers!

Today, his focus is the Indian River Lagoon and all the obstacles facing this unique estuary in the coming years. Growing up outside Tampa in rural Florida and fishing the numerous lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, he eventually moved to Florida's Indian River Lagoon Coast. As one of the founders of Coastal Angler Magazine, Rodney has witnessed many changes in the environment in the Florida - the wildlife, water quality of our lagoons and estuaries, and the fishing industry itself.

During the same period, Smith built the foundation of the non-profit, Anglers for Conservation with a vision to energize volunteerism and create a new generation of marine stewards. Today, much of this NGO's work centers around educational outreach for kids and their parents; and educating the public on "using — not abusing our waterways".

Smith has written hundreds of published magazine articles, publisher's letters and editorials; and penned the books, Catching Made Easy, Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon Coast, Road to Matapalo, Weed Queen and Pura Vita (due out January, 2017). Rodney has been recognized by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association for his work in conservation and as a philanthropist.


January 13, 2016

Lot's To Do at 19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The 19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is scheduled for Jan. 20- Jan. 25 at Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus.

There over 250 events offered including:

  • Birding & Wildlife Classes
  • Field Trips
  • Photography Classes
  • Photography Field
Workshops:
  • Amazing Live Raptor Show
  • Live Bats
  • Offshore Birding & Wildlife Adventures
  • Exhibitors from around the world
  • Optics & Camera Workshops
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Deals on Cameras, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Artwork and Travel

New This Year!

  • 20 world class photographers to lead Field Workshops and Classes

Exhibit area hours:

  • Jan. 20-Jan. 22: noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entrance to the following areas is free:

  • Exhibit Center
  • The Raptor Project (only 50 seats available for each show)
  • The Silent Auction
  • The Art Show (in Building 3, center of campus)
The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is looking for volunteers for this year's event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, to Monday, Jan. 25, on the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Volunteers are needed from Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Several interesting tasks are available for those who wish to volunteer. The festival provides opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

To volunteer, please contact Barb Hoelscher, programs director, at (321) 268-5888.


January 06, 2016

Volunteers Sought for 2016 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The 19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is looking for volunteers for this year's event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, to Monday, Jan. 25, on the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Volunteers are needed from Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Several interesting tasks are available for those who wish to volunteer. The festival provides opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

To volunteer, please contact Barb Hoelscher, programs director, at (321) 268-5888.


January 02, 2016

Soar into the World of Birds at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Fly on over to the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, from noon to 3 p.m., and explore a free Kid's Birding Activity Center!

A section of the Education Center will be turned into a special activity center featuring hands-on activities, experiments, and crafts focused on birds! Children and families will get to explore bird biology, feeding habits, and learn about the sport of birding. Before or after families explore the center they can go on a self-guided hike in the Sanctuary and maybe even see some birds.

This program is being conducted by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program as part of the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and other EEL Program Lands call (321) 264-5185 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.

Don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter! The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.



2016 Festival Program (12.2 MB PDF)2015 Birding Checklist (25 page pdf)


Bird Watcher's Digest Article • • Authentic Florida Article


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