The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival is located at Eastern Florida State College - Titusville Campus, 1311 N. US 1. Registration desk, seminars, workshops, field trip staging, exhibits and food service can be found there January 25 - 30, 2017. Click here for map and more information.

Festival Information

Questions? Call or email Barbara Hoelscher: 321-268-5888 -

The office is staffed from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Office functions will move to Eastern Florida State College - Titusville campus (1311 North US 1, Titusville, FL 32796) on Jan. 24, 2017 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.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Birding Festival Headquarter Hotel

Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center Hotel

The Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center Hotel in Titusville has been named the official host of the Brevard Nature Alliance's Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival for 2017.

There are also a number of other great lodgings, some with special rates for birders. Find out more and make sure you book early.

Past, Present & Future

The 20th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is shaping up to be quite an outstanding and exciting affair! This year's event will focuson two things – celebrating 20 years of hosting one of the premier birding festivals in the country, and highlighting one of the most diverse estuaries in North America – the Indian River Lagoon.

Over the years we listened, we learned and we accommodated. The festival was moved from November to January ten years back due to the increased variety and quality of birds found here in January. You wanted more field trips, heading north, south and west so we expanded where we could to take you to see even more birds, along with more diverse habitats, wildlife and natural history. As the festival matured we were able to provide world class experts to help you enjoy our Florida birds. Be sure to check out our list of awesome field trip leaders.

You wanted simplicity in joining classroom presentations, we are offering a limitless amount this year as part of your registration fee; unlimited attendance to classrooms, most of them carefully scheduled in order to not compete time wise against field trips and to increase diversity in the offerings. You wanted to learn from the experts on how to identify gulls and shorebirds, warblers and sparrows; we provided workshops led by professionals who will help you take your skills to new levels. Some of you loved the new digital bird list monitor and others yearned to keep the old way; we heard you and we will offer both options this year. A special Thank You goes out to Kevin Loughlin, David Hartgrove and Mike Stewart for making that happen!

We've included a focus on other festivals from around the country, and on new countries participating in our festival, especially Central and South America. We created a Saturday Night Live Festival Street Party which gives everyone an opportunity to mingle, relax, have fun and share good times in downtown Titusville. There will be local merchants and festival exhibitors, food trucks and live music. Make sure that you like us on Face Book and check it and the festival web site for updates and new information.

Why did we make the Indian River Lagoon our focus this year? Because it is the jewel in Brevard County's natural resources. Because its sheen is seriously tarnished and it needs our help in highlighting its plight. Because we want it to be a source of enjoyment for everyone and everything; two-footed, four-footed, winged, scaled and gilled for generations to come.

We've made a lot of friends during this twenty-year journey from a tiny event with 200 attendees and no exhibitors to becoming one of the nation's foremost birding and wildlife festivals with exhibitors from around the world. As we do every year, we look forward to seeing those old friends and making new ones.

There is something here for everyone – there are presentations and short field trips geared to first time birders and young birders, and workshops and full-day marathon trips for those who have been birding for a long time and are looking to see familiar birds as well as add new ones to their lists. We have scores of passionate speakers, field trip leaders and volunteers – all here to help you enjoy your visit. You're in the best pace to be in January. So relax, enjoy some Florida sunshine and have fun!

Barb Eager, Executive Director
Laurilee Thompson, Festival Founder/Chair

New this Year for 2017

Saturday Night Live Festival Street Party - relax and unwind in the quaint atmosphere of Titusville's Downtown Historic District and Travel & Adventure Sunday. We're finalizing plans and will post here when they're ready.

Festival Downloads

Download PDF versions of documents such as the Classroom Presentations, Fieldtrips, Photography, Schedule, Registration Forms, Art Competition Rules and much more. Click here for our Downloads page.

Exhibit Center

Exhibit Center

Located in Building 4, the Exhibit Center is the heart of the Festival. Here you will find important traditions and activities, including bird lists from the Festival field trips (both digital and on the big board), Afternoon Socials and the Silent Auction. It's the perfect place to spend time after field trips and in between classroom presentations. Make sure you visit all of our excellent vendors, who range from artists, crafters, photographers, book providers, sellers of travel and clothing and outdoor equipment, and conservation organizations. Check out the fantastic array of optics and photographic equipment. Then visit Gary at Hunt's Photo + Video and Robert at Time & Optics to get the best deals for your purchases. Meet expert guides from a variety of international and domestic travel destinations. Stop by their booths and talk about your dream vacation. You will be surprised at how reasonable adventure travel can be!

In Building 3 you will find the Arts and Exhibits Fair, which features a mix of artistry, biology, photography and botany along with the 16th Annual Art Show and Competition.

Hours for the Exhibit Center and the Exhibits Fair:

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Friday, January 27, 2017 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

16th Annual Art Show and Competition

Art Show

The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival and Titusville Art League are proud to present the 16th Annual Birding & Wildlife Art Show & Competition in Building 3. Entries will be judged on how well they express the natural environments and ecosystems of Florida. Works must have been completed within the last 24 months, and not have been entered in previous SCBWF Shows. Learn more...

Indian River Lagoon in Peril: Understanding Biodiversity, Water Movement, and Restoration

The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) has one of the greatest diversities of animals and plants in the nation. The estuary system includes Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon, and the Indian River Lagoon.
Dr. Linda Walters, Dr. Geoffrey Cook, Dr. Kelly Kibler, Dr. Melinda Donnelly, Dr. Fernando I. Rivera, Dr. Lisa Chambers and Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne will be on the panel to introduce you to some of the amazing diversity that can be found in the IRL - shoreline wading birds, fishes, oysters, and mangroves.
There will also be "Life & Times of Indian River Dolphins" by Megan Stolen (Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute) and "Paddling the Entire Indian River Lagoon" by Mike Conneen (Executive Director, Anglers for Conservation). Learn more...

Offshore Birding & Wildlife Adventure

Offshore Birding and Wildlife Adventure

Targets for the trip will be all of the offshore wildlife we can find. That includes jellyfish and fish. There is a very good chance that you'll see dolphins. Sea turtles are a possibility as are North Atlantic right whales. New birders are in for an unforgettable experience. For all birders, this is an exciting opportunity to add to your life-list. So, come along – every trip is different. There is no telling what you will see! Learn more...

Port Canaveral & Lagoon Boat Tour

Port Canaveral and Lagoon Boat Tour

This two hour trip will take you into the Banana River, through the Canaveral Locks and into Port Canaveral - the 2nd busiest cruise ship port in the world - where you may see cargo tankers, U.S. Navy ships, local marinas and plenty of birds! In addition, we'll be sure to see dolphins. Learn more...

2017 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife - Swarovski Optik - Raffle


Raffle to be held during the 20th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival January 25 - 30, 2017 at Eastern Florida State College. Swarovski Optik Spotting Scope / Super Telephoto Raffle Package. Download the Raffle PDF for details.

Free Photographic One-on-One

Throughout the festival, Kevin Loughlin will be holding FREE 30-minute photographic one-on-one sessions at the Wildside Nature Tours booth in the vendor area. These sessions will be perfect for anyone who would like help with any aspect of photographic technique or if you have recently purchased a new camera or need help choosing new equipment. Come to the Wildside Nature Tours booth to register for your time slot!

The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program

Environmentally Endangered Lands Program

The "EEL" Program was established in 1990 by Brevard County citizens to protect the natural habitats by acquiring environmentally sensitive lands, from willing parties only, for conservation, passive recreation, and environmental education. Learn more...

Help tell the story of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve

Visualize the magnificent new Community Conservation and Education Center planned for the Refuge! This 8,100 square foot facility will serve the area as an environmental education and outdoor recreation center. Learn more...

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival & Event winner for the month of January

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20

The Southeast Tourism Society promotes economic development through travel and sustainable tourism in 12 states of the Southeast U.S. The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival has been the recipient of this recognition six out of the last 7 years.

Sponsored in part by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

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