Barb Eager

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Barb came onboard as the Executive Director of the BNA in May 2016. She is responsible for all operational activities of the Alliance, with the number one event being the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF). She brings a background of over 35 years in tourism, non-profit management and national event planning. Barb Eager’s previous affiliation was with the North American Association for Environmental Education as Deputy Director of Administration, Conference and Core Services. She brings years of nonprofit experience to the BNA with a strong emphasis on organizational, financial and time management skills. Starting with a very successful SCBWF in January 2017, Barb became the primary organizer of the Sponsors, Exhibitors, keynote and spotlight speakers, and works closely with the Festival Chair and onsite service providers. Along with mentoring the rest of the support team, Barb travels extensively nationwide promoting the festival going to the American Birding Expo, Cape May Fall Festival, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival and the Biggest Week in Birding. Barb works closely with the BNA Board of Directors to nurture future growth of the BNA in line with the BNA’s mission. Barb was instrumental in creating the Giving Back to Conservation initiative which helps benefit other local nonprofit organizations.

Jim Eager

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

After being associated with the festival for many years as a field trip leader, Jim is now also responsible for all social media for the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) as well as the Brevard Nature Alliance (BNA). In addition to the SCBWF Jim is also a field trip leader for the Everglades Birding Festival and Florida Birding & Nature Festival as well as guiding in the Central Florida area with his own company Obsessive Compulsive Birding (Obsessive Compulsive Birding). Jim is a former board member of the Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA) and past board member of the Florida Ornithological Society (FOS).

Kathy Rooney

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COORDINATOR

Kathy joined the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) and Brevard Nature Alliance (BNA) 4 years ago. She received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in Behavioral & Social Sciences. As a long time Brevard resident of 35 years, she was previously a part of the advertising production department at Florida Today newspaper for 22 years and currently works for MLSBC Cruises in guest turn-around services at Port Canaveral. She provides customer support, communication skills, in-house advertising materials, strong organizational expertise, and works closely with the executive director helping to meet the needs of the festival’s Sponsors & Exhibitors, advertising commitments, and administration services of SCBWF & BNA.

Tamie Bulow

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Tamie joined the team in 2020 and has recently been named the Development Coordinator. While primarily doing the grant writing for the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, she will also be working with the sponsors, exhibitors and other aspects during the execution of the Festival. A graduate of the University of Denver, Tamie managed an ice arena before becoming an ice skate rep for a 5-state area. She moved to Colorado Springs to be the Conference and Conventions Manager for the American Birding Association for five years. A move to Texas brought positions as the Nature Tourism Manager for Chambers County, the Executive Director of the Texas Tropical Trail, and manager of the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. Prior to COVID, Tamie worked at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.