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

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Kevin Loughlin Wildside Nature Tours

Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, Florida

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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).

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Rain Crows Music

2018 Call for Classroom Presentations

The 21st Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) will take place January 24 through January 29, 2018. Opportunities for one hour classroom presentations are available during the afternoons of January 24 – January 27.

For twenty years the SCBWF has proven to be one of North America's premier birding festivals, attracting thousands of attendees to the Space Coast. The Festival location is adjacent to the Merritt Island Refuge and Kennedy Space Center.

Please read the following to learn more about our themes and presenter benefits. Feel free to forward this email to anyone that might be interested.

Schedule:

  • Classroom presentation proposals will be accepted until July 11, 2017.
  • Festival planning Team will review submissions and you will receive a response by mid-August.
  • Festival programs will be published and information will go on the Festival website in September.

This year's Keynote Speakers include: 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; and Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, FL. Spotlight presentations include Greg Miller on "How to Plan a Big Year"; and an Ask the Experts panel on "Gulls Simplified". Sam Fried (Flights of Fancy Adventures) and author and artist, Julie Zickefoose are slated for additional spotlight presentations, topics are to be determined.

Past Topics: Past presenter topics have included general birding, species specific topics, techniques, technological developments, photography, wildlife, ecology, environmental impacts, restoration, conservation, destinations, personal travelogues and more.

Classroom Presenter benefits: Classroom Presenter benefits include the ability to reach 1000+ festival attendees as well as having a focused audience of traveling birders. Presenters will also have exposure to 50,000+ birding and wildlife watchers and others via a Festival Facebook page, Festival attendee's guide and marketing through VISIT FLORIDA, the Space Coast Office of Tourism Media Marketing Plan, local area Chambers of Commerce, Audubon groups and more. Presenters will receive no financial compensation, however, a complimentary full festival registration pass (Value $85) will be awarded to each presenter.

Please submit your proposal before July 11, 2017.

Use our online submission form, which will ask for your topic title (6-8 words), presentation abstract (maximum 100 words), bio and affiliation (maximum 75 words) mailing address, email address and telephone number. Please click this link to go to the online submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/

For questions, please contact Laurilee Thompson, Festival Chair at laurileethompson@aol.com


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

2018 Exhibtitor packet and application will be available in July.


Get Downloads

See What Took Place Last Year.

  • 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
  • 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