One of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States!

Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival features world class photographers, field trips, workshops and presentations.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Meet Our Spotlight Speakers

Daily Schedules

Schedules are coming soon!

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Keynote: Adaptations of Owls by Denver Holt
6:00pm-9:00pm, $60, dinner included

Owls of North America
3:30pm-5:00pm; AUD; $10

Field Trips

T. M. Goodwin WMA – Broadmoor Unit
5:00am-3:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $95
David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson)

Lake Apopka Northshore
5:00am-4:00pm, Limit 19 Registrants; $115
Rosi Mulholland (SJRWMD), Jim Peterson (SJRWMD) & Maria Zondervan (SJRWMD) with Jim Eager (Obsessive Compulsive Birding) and David Goodwin

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
6:15am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $40
Lynn Proenza (FWC) & Casey Dorsch (FWC)

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 17 Registrants; $65
Tom Ledford

Beginning Birding Field Trip at MINWR
8:00am-11:30m; Limit 12 Registrants; $30
Jeff Gordon (ABA), Liz Gordon (ABA) & Betty Salter

Wildflowers, Plants, & Other Things of the North Brevard Area
8:45am-3:30pm; Limit 16 Registrants; $20
Jim Stahl

Beginning Bird Walk at Chain of Lakes
1:30pm-3:30pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $20
Selena Kiser

Black Rails at the St. Johns NWR
4:00pm-7:00pm; Limit 14 Registrants; $60
David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson), Kimberly King-Wrenn (USFWS)

Boat Trips

Port Canaveral/Lagoon Boat Tour
2:00pm-4:30pm; Limit 47 Registrants; $35
Mark & Michelle Anderson

Workshops

Gull ID at the Brevard County Landfill
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers with Joel Reynolds & Rita Perini

Learning Gull ID – Intermediate and Advanced Topics
3:30pm-5:00pm; 4-119; Limit 40 Registrants; $
Amar Ayyash (Blogger/Speaker)

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Keynote: Are Birders Having an Identity Crisis? By Iain Campbell
6:00pm-7:00pm, $20

Birds of Prey of the Southeastern U.S.
Kevin T. Karlsen
1:00pm-2:30pm; AUD; $10

Birding South Texas – Adding to your North America List!
Clay Taylor (Swarovski Optik)
2:45pm-3:45pm; AUD; $10

Long-eared Owls: Indicators of Grassland Health
Denver Holt (Owl Research Institute)
Jan. 24, 4:00pm-5:00pm; AUD; $10

Field Trips

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
4:30am-12:00pm; limit 16 Registrants, $75
Samantha McGee (Florida State Parks) & David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson)

Central Florida Specialties
5:00am-4:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $115
Jim Eager (Obsessive Compulsive Birding) and David Goodwin

Lake Apopka Northshore
5:00am-4:00pm, Limit 19 Registrants; $115
Rosi Mulholland (SJRWMD), Jim Peterson (SJRWMD) & Maria Zondervan (SJRWMD) with Adam Kent (FOS), Gina Kent (Avian Research & Conservation Institute)

Shiloh’s Sharptails, Marshbirds and More
6:15am-11:00am; Limit 16 Registrants; $60
Mitchell Harris

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
6:15am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $40
Lynn Proenza (FWC) & Casey Dorsch (FWC)

Learning to Look
7:00am-10:30am; Orlando Wetlands Park; Limit 14 Registrants; $55
Richard Crossley

Celebrity Walk with Denver Holt and Kevin Karlson
7:45am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $65

Florida Wildlife Hospital Tour
9:00am-11:00am; Limit 20 Registrants; $15

Beginning Bird Walk at Chain of Lakes
1:30pm-3:30pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $20
Selena Kiser

Historic Pritchard House and Gardens Tour
2:30pm-4:30pm; Limit 16 Registrants; $20
North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores
3:30pm-6:00pm; Limit 30 Registrants; $40
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers

Black Rails at the St. Johns NWR
4:00pm-7:00pm; Limit 14 Registrants; $60
David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson), Kimberly King-Wrenn (USFWS)

Boat Trips

Manatees at Blue Spring State Park
7:15am-2:15pm; Limit 34 Registrants
Madison Hall (University of Central Florida) and Tiffany Barrineau

Barrier Island Center and Pelican Island Sunset Fly-In
9:30am-7:30pm; Limit 25 Registrants
Anne Birch (The Nature Conservancy) & Ross Hinkle (University of Central Florida)

Port Canaveral/Lagoon Boat Tour
2:00pm-4:30pm; Limit 47 Registrants; $35
Mark & Michelle Anderson

Workshops

Gull ID at the Brevard County Landfill
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers with Joel Reynolds & Rita Perini

Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores
3:30pm-6:00pm; Limit 30 Registrants; $45
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers with additional Leaders TBD

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Keynote: Caught in the SNOWstorm by Scott Weidensaul
6:00pm-7:00pm, $25

Owl All Over the Place
Kevin Loughlin (Wildside Nature Tours)
Jan. 25, 1:00pm-2:30pm; AUD; $10

Great Horned Owls
Gina Kent (Avian Research & Conservation Institute)
Jan. 25, 2:30pm-3:30pm; AUD; $10

Barn Owls: Nature’s Mousetrap 
Dr. Richard Raid (University of Florida)
Jan. 25, 4:00pm-5:00pm; AUD; $10

Field Trips

T. M. Goodwin WMA – Broadmoor Unit
5:00am-3:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $95
David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson)

Central Florida Specialties
5:00am-4:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $115
Jim Eager (Obsessive Compulsive Birding) and David Goodwin

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers & More at Hal Scott
5:00am-11:30am; Limit 16 Registrants; $55
Maria Zondervan (SJRWMD) & Lorne Malo (FWC)

Shiloh’s Sharptails, Marshbirds and More
6:15am-11:00am; Limit 16 Registrants; $60
Mitchell Harris

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
6:15am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $40
Lynn Proenza (FWC) & Casey Dorsch (FWC)

Orlando Wetlands Park Tram Tour
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 18; $65
Simon Thompson (Ventures Birding Tours)

River to the Sea Rundown (Formerly North Brevard Hotspots)
6:30am-3:30pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $85
Lorne Malo (FWC) & Sarah Linney

Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area
6:45am-11:30am; Limit 24 Registrants; $20
Dave Turner (FWC) & Bryan Ames (FWC)

Turkey Creek Tract – Charles H. Bronson State Forest
6:45am-11:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $60
Stephen Stipkovits (Florida Forestry Service) & David Hartgrove

Blowing Rocks Preserve and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
7:00am-6:00pm; 13 Registrants
Anne Birch (The Nature Conservancy)

Learning to Look
7:00am-10:30am; Orlando Wetlands Park; Limit 14 Registrants; $55
Richard Crossley

A Walk at Blue Heron Wetlands
7:20am-10:30am; Limit 16 Registrants; $35
Lora Losi and Matt Heyden

Beginning Birding Field Trip at MINWR
8:00am-11:30m; Limit 12 Registrants; $30
Jeff Gordon (ABA), Liz Gordon (ABA) & Betty Salter

Celebrity Walk with Scott Weidensaul and Alex Lamoreaux
8:00am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $65

Florida Scrub-Jay & Scrub Fire Ecology
8:30am-12:30pm; Limit 40 Registrants; $15
David Breininger, PhD. and Paul Schmalzer, PhD.

Wildflowers, Plants, & Other Things of the North Brevard Area
9:45am-4:30pm; Limit 16 Registrants; $20
Jim Stahl

Beginning Bird Walk at Chain of Lakes
1:30pm-3:30pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $20
Selena Kiser

Historic Pritchard House and Gardens Tour
2:30pm-4:30pm; Limit 16 Registrants; $20
North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores
3:30pm-6:00pm; Limit 30 Registrants; $40
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers

Boat Trips

Manatees at Blue Spring State Park
7:15am-2:15pm; Limit 34 Registrants
Madison Hall (University of Central Florida) and Tiffany Barrineau 

Port Canaveral/Lagoon Boat Tour
2:00pm-4:30pm; Limit 47 Registrants; $35
Mark & Michelle Anderson

Workshops

Gull ID at the Brevard County Landfill
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 10 Registrants; $25
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers with Joel Reynolds & Rita Perini

Birding by Impression
Jan. 25, 7:30am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $60
Kevin T. Karlson and Joao Jara (Birds and Nature Tours Portugal)

Shorebirds Simplified: A Different Approach to Field ID
1:00pm-2:30pm; 4-119; Limit 40 Registrants; $
Kevin T. Karlson

Gull Fly-In at Daytona Beach Shores
3:30pm-6:00pm; Limit 30 Registrants; $45
Amar Ayyash & Michael Brothers with additional Leaders TBD

Sparrow ID Indoor Workshop
3:30pm-5:00pm; 4-119; Limit 40 Registrants; $
Adam Kent (Florida Ornithological Society)

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Keynote: Mac Stone
6:30pm-7:30pm, $30, includes taco bar

Field Trips

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
4:30am-12:00pm; limit 16 Registrants, $75
Samantha McGee (Florida State Parks) & David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson)

Central Florida Specialties
5:00am-4:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $115
Jim Eager (Obsessive Compulsive Birding) and David Goodwin

Lake Woodruff NWR
5:00am-12:30pm; 24 Registrants; $75
David Hartgrove

Birding by Ear and Habitat
6:30am-12:30pm; Limit 12 Registrants; $50
Paddy Cunningham (Birding Adventures)

Orlando Wetlands Park Tram Tour
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 18; $65
Simon Thompson (Ventures Birding Tours)

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 17 Registrants; $65
Tom Ledford

Playalinda Beach: Sea-birding from Shore
7:15am-10:00am; Limit 12 Registrants; $45
Mitchell Harris

A Drive at Blue Heron Wetlands
7:20am-10:30am; Limit 16 Registrants; $35
Lora Losi and Matt Heyden

Florida Scrub-Jay & Scrub Fire Ecology
8:30am-12:30pm; Limit 40 Registrants; $15
David Breininger, PhD. and Paul Schmalzer, PhD.

Historic Sites of Canaveral National Seashore
8:30am-4:30pm; Limit 12 Registrants; $75
John & Edie Stiner

Beginning Bird Walk at Chain of Lakes
10:00am-12:00pm; Limit 10 Registrants; $20
Selena Kiser

Historic Pritchard House and Gardens Tour
10:30am-12:30pm; Limit 16 registrants; $20
North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Boat Trips

Beach Birds Intro & Field Trip
7:00am-8:30am Classroom Intro
then 9:30am-4:00pm Field Trip; Limit 36 Registrants; $90
Adam Kent (FOS), Gina Kent (Avian Research & Conservation Institute), Michael Brothers, and Jim Danzenbaker

Port Canaveral/Lagoon Boat Tour
2:00pm-4:30pm; Limit 47 Registrants; $35
Mark & Michelle Anderson

Workshops

Birding by Ear and Habitat
6:30am-12:30pm; Limit 12 Registrants; $55
Paddy Cunningham (Birding Adventures)

Gulls and More at Jetty Park
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $30
Amar Ayyash & TBD

Shorebird ID Workshop
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $60
Kevin T. Karlson & Raymond VanBuskirk (BRANT)

Eastern Warblers – A Comparative Interactive Workshop
1:00pm-2:30pm; 4-119; Limit 40 Registrants; $
Kevin T. Karlson

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Coming soon

Field Trips

T. M. Goodwin WMA – Broadmoor Unit
5:00am-3:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $95
David Simpson (Birding with David Simpson)

Central Florida Specialties
5:00am-4:00pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $115
Jim Eager (Obsessive Compulsive Birding) and David Goodwin

Lake Woodruff NWR
5:00am-12:30pm; 24 Registrants; $75
David Hartgrove

Birding by Ear and Habitat
6:30am-12:30pm; Limit 12 Registrants; $50
Paddy Cunningham (Birding Adventures)

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 17 Registrants; $65
Tom Ledford

Orlando Wetlands Park Tram Tour
6:30am-11:30am; Limit 18; $65
Simon Thompson (Ventures Birding Tours)

River to the Sea Rundown (Formerly North Brevard Hotspots)
6:30am-3:30pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $85
Lorne Malo (FWC) & Sarah Linney

Turkey Creek Tract – Charles H. Bronson State Forest
6:45am-11:00am; Limit 8 Registrants; $60
Stephen Stipkovits (Florida Forestry Service) & David Hartgrove

A Walk at Blue Heron Wetlands
7:20am-10:30am; Limit 16 Registrants; $35
Lora Losi and Matt Heyden

Boat Trips

Mosquito Lagoon Restoration Boat Tour
Dr. Linda Walters, Dr. Melinda Donnelly, Jessy Wayles, and Laurilee Thompson
9:00am-12:00pm; Limit 35 Registrants; $45

Port Canaveral/Lagoon Boat Tour
2:00pm-4:30pm; Limit 47 Registrants; $35
Mark & Michelle Anderson

Workshops

Birding by Ear and Habitat
6:30am-12:30pm; Limit 12 Registrants; $55
Paddy Cunningham (Birding Adventures)

Gulls and More at Jetty Park
7:30am-11:30am; Limit 18 Registrants; $30
Amar Ayyash & TBD

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Keynotes and Spotlight Presentations

Coming soon

Field Trips

River to the Sea Rundown (Formerly North Brevard Hotspots)
6:30am-3:30pm; Limit 24 Registrants; $85
Lorne Malo (FWC) & Sarah Linney

Boat Trips

Offshore Birding and Wildlife Adventure
Michael Brothers, Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Dunkerton, Jim Eager, Dave Goodwin, David Hartgrove & David Simpson
7:30am-5:00pm; Limit 68 Registrants; $185 (Includes tips for the crew)

Workshops

Coming soon

Classrooms

Coming soon

Photography and Digiscoping

Coming soon

Get the complete festival guide!

Click below to download our full festival guide, which includes information on keynote and spotlight speakers, boat tours, field trips, workshops, classroom presentations, photography activities, and more!

About the Space Coast

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Florida is rich in native populations of wildlife and birds, but it is also on a busy route for migrating birds stopping over for the winter. Florida’s Space Coast – home to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore, and Kennedy Space Center, is one of the best birding locations in the United States because it is situated at the convergence of two zones — temperate and tropical — creating a natural diversity of unique habitats that attract varied bird species.

For a crash course on Florida’s wildlife, this Festival is ideal for all ages, from beginners to veterans.

Photo Gallery

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Photo Gallery

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Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make our festival possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, check out our sponsorship guide!

In Memoriam

The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival remembers Neta Harris. Neta was 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. We’d like to think there is one more bird singing in heaven today!

Contact

321 268 5224

festival@brevardnaturealliance.org

Eastern Florida State College, Titusville, Florida

Adjacent from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
and near the Canaveral National Seashore and Kennedy Space Center

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