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.

Bernard Trevethan of Jensen Beach, Fl was the winner of the Swarovski Optik Spotting Scope and camera.

Winner of the Swarovski Optik Spotting Scope and Camera

January 2017 Raffel Winner

Bernard Trevethan of Jensen Beach, Fl was the winner of the Swarovski Optik Spotting Scope and camera. Winning ticket #0042 was pulled by Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik on Saturday, Jan 28 at 1pm at the 20th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

Pictured from left are: Barb Eager, Brevard Nature Alliance, Executive Director and Festival Executive Director; Clay Taylor, Swarovski Optik, Naturalist Market Manager; Neta Harris, Marketing & Resources, Brevard Nature Alliance; and Bernard Trevethan, Scope & camera winner. (Photo credit - Sandy Juba)

The Brevard Nature Alliance and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival sincerely thank Swarovsik Optik for their donation of the Spotting Scope and camera to provide an outstanding package to offer as a fundraiser for the Festival.

Field Trips and Leaders, Workshops, Classrooms and Photography

The 20th Anniversary festival has an incredible line-up of Field Trips, Workshops and Classroom Talks in addition to an amazing Photography Strand. Full descriptions for Field Trips and Photography Activities can be found in the Festival Registration Guide. Additional Classroom Talks have been added since the Registration Guide was initiated. Updated as well as the original descriptions of Workshops and Classroom Talks can be found in the Festival Attendee Guide (UPDATED). For Daily Schedules, the Festival Registration Guide and the Festival Attendee Guide (UPDATED) -- Click Here.

Festival Information

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

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.

On-site Registration and Check-in is located at Eastern Florida State College, Building 4.
(Times are subject to change.)

  • Tuesday - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday thru Sunday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Sunday - 8:00am to 11:00am

Registration Check-In 101 Instructions

For the easiest check-in experience, register and pay on-line before January 15th and pre-print your badge when it arrives after January 15th. At any time, you will be able to use your personal electronic device to go on-line, select and pay for additional available sessions. When you receive your badge by email (after January 15th) – print the badge, and bring it with you. Print your badge in either black & white or color, your choice – either works.

  • PRE-REGISTERED WITH BADGE PRINTED - When you arrive at Registration – go straight to the "Check-In" line. Your badge will be scanned, and you can also pick up a lanyard badge holder to wear your badge in.
  • PRE-REGISTERED WTHOUT BADGE PRINTED – if you arrive at Registration & Check-In pre-registered but without your badge – (registered after Jan 15th, haven't received your badge, misplaced it, or just forgot to print and bring it) – YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR BADGE PRINTED ON-SITE. When you arrive at Registration – go to the "Print Badge" line. Once you receive your printed badge, you can go to the "Check-In" line. Your badge will be scanned, and you can also pick up a lanyard badge holder to wear your badge in.
  • ON-SITE REGISTRATION – Although we will make every effort to keep up with demand, it is likely that there will be lines in this area. There will be several Registration Kiosks on-site for attendees who have not pre-registered. Assistance will be available for those who require it. Once you have paid and your badge is printed (there may be a separate printer just for on-site registrants), proceed to the "Check-In" line. Your badge will be scanned, and you can also pick up a lanyard badge holder to wear your badge in.
  • ON-SITE REGISTRATION USING YOUR OWN DEVICE – Even on-site, you may shorten your wait by using your own device to register and pay, then going to Step 2 above. Select the Registration link on the Festival site. You may use the same email for multiple registrations, but each attendee must have a unique password.

Food Service

Food service will be available Tuesday through Sunday. Each morning there will be coffee, juice and light breakfast options such as bagels, fruit, etc. in the snack bar located adjacent to the Exhibit Center area as follows: (Snack bar hours and food truck hours subject to change.)

  • Tuesday from 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Saturday from 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • DAILY from 11:00am to close, there will be sandwich, salad and wrap options at the snack bar and outside 1-2 food trucks daily offering a variety of cuisine such as Mexican, BBQ, etc.

No food or drink allowed in the Auditorium, Classroom or Keynote presentations, or the Art Show.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

TITUSVILLE PLAYHOUSE HOSTS RODNEY SMITH - local conservationist, author & historian

Festival leaders are presenting an opportunity to Titusville and Brevard County residents to attend this onetime event scheduled Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.00. Please email an RSVP to: so that a seat will be reserved for you. Festival attendees who have registered for this event will retain their reserved seat. Learn more...

Birding Checklists

Click here to download PDF copies of the "Checklist of birds with historical sightings from the past ten (10) years" and "Birds seen on 2016 Field Trips".

Important Updates

Click here to find updates, cancellations, changes and additions for Festival activities. All on a single page and easy to read.

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

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Celebrates 20th Year

20th Anniversary

The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) will soon mark its 20th Anniversary with an extraordinary program of activities. Presented by Swarovski Optik and the Brevard Nature Alliance, this exciting event takes place January 25 - 30, 2017 at the Titusville Campus of Eastern Florida State College. Sunday event is open to anyone who is either paying the $25 special price which includes the one day registration and a ticket for John Moran, OR anyone that has paid the full festival registration and a ticket to John Moran. Learn more...

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. Learn more...

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.

2017 Festival Silent Auction

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2017 Festival Silent Auction. We will gladly accept appropriate items for the Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be used to facilitate our "Giving Back to Conservation" donations as well as to benefit the Annual Festival. Learn more...

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

Additional tour has been added - Friday January 27th at 2:00pm. This two hour trip will take you into 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.

Special Activities & Family Fun

All Festival activities are suitable for young people and many are of educational value for K-12. The following activities may be of particular interest to families. Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free to all Classroom presentations and Keynote presentations when accompanied by a paying adult. Registration is required for most of these, but you should check at the Festival Registration Desk. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For the Non-birder

Things to do for the non-birder

Florida's Space Coast offers many local alternatives for non-birders. We have a very active cultural community with numerous art galleries and four playhouses that offer a variety of theatrical performances. We recommend some Festival events as well. Learn more...

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt for Kids

The Space Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society is sponsoring the 4th Annual Family Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the Space Coast Audubon booth to embark upon a family Scavenger Hunt adventure. Pictures of various birds will be scattered throughout the booths in the Exhibit Center. Learn more...

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...

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival "Gives Back"

This year we're giving back to the Indian River Lagoon Spoil Island Enhancement Project, a partnership of state, local, and federal agencies with organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Audubon Society, Brevard Zoo, county School Boards, universities, fishing/boating clubs and many others. And the Anglers for Conservations, a grassroots 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Capt Rodney Smith and wife, Karen. 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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