The New Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

The Space Coast - Brevard County, Florida

A remarkable place. Marsh lands. Cypress swamps. Pine flatwoods. Oak hammocks. Rivers and lakes. Fruit groves. Mangroves. Estuaries and the Atlantic Ocean. Undisturbed nature and wildlife are everywhere. A migration path for insects, birds, whales and fish. The Kennedy Space Center, where man's adventure in space began.

January on the Space Coast. Chilly mornings and cool days. Lots of sun, not much rain. Zero probability of snow showers. Dominant colors are green and blue, not winter white. Deer, wild hogs, alligators, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, otters, dragonflies and butterflies all over. Manatees, dolphins, rays, fish and other sea life are abundant. The birds - from the smallest hummingbird to the second largest bird in North America, the White Pelican - this is their winter home. Many species of ocean birds can be seen on a half day boat trip. More shorebirds, ducks, spoonbills, egrets and herons than can be imagined. That's January on the Space Coast of Florida.

So, what's new?

With more than 100 photography activities, today's festival is for those who record natural events - in the class, in the field and on the ocean - all taught and led by some of the finest photography professionals in the world. The latest cameras, lenses and photo gear will be on display with hands on demonstrations.

Today's festival will also have its regular field trip adventures to splendid locations and fascinating talks given by authorities in their respective fields of expertise.

Full Moon. Celebrity birders. Tons of trailer trips. Loads of free activities. Art show. Socials. Exhibits. Raptor Project. Keynotes. Return of afternoon seminars and the Fox Lake Sunday Social. Half day boat trips to focus on near shore wildlife. Remarkable sponsors and partners. Scores of passionate speakers, field trip leaders and volunteers – all here to help you enjoy your visit.

This is the New Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 2016.


New this Year for 2016

The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival has invited world class photographers and speakers to lead field workshops and classes. We'd like you to meet the Photographers.

Festival Downloads

With more than 275 Festival activities, we can help. Download PDF versions of documents such as the Schedule, Registration Forms, Art Competition Rules and much more. Click here for our Downloads page.

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 five out of the last 6 years.

Festival Opening Welcome Reception & Socials

We feature our Exhibitors Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm; we encourage you to visit each Exhibitor - many came many miles to display their products and they are ready to help you select optics, cameras, art or craft items and provide educational information about our natural world. There are also several socials planned and our Sunday Social at Fox Lake Park, January 24, 2016 from 1:30pm - 5:00pm. Learn more...

James Currie and the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

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...

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival "gives back" to Conservation

Fish and Wildlife Foundation Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission This year, $5 of your registration fee will be donated to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This contribution will help provide the necessary funding for FWC staff and welltrained volunteers to continue shorebird conservation activities. Learn more...

Special Features & 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Raptor Project

Raptor Project

An outstanding array of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. The Raptor Project leads the way in outstanding, top quality, professional wildlife education with Jonathan Wood, president and founder of "The Raptor Project". Learn more...

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt for Kids

The BNA along with the Space Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society and the Young Birders of Brevard will have the 3rd Annual Family Scavenger Hunt. Space is limited, so don't wait. Learn more...

Learn to make an oyster mat

Oyster Mat

The Oyster Restoration Project, in partnership with the Brevard Zoo and the University of Central Florida, is unique in that it is a powerful tool in restoring aquatic habitat and it provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in hands-on conservation effort. Oysters have great potential for restoring the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Learn more...

Make Your Own Bird Feeder

Ace Hardware of Titusville - Bird Feeders

Sponsored by Ace Hardware - Titusville. Ace Hardware is furnishing the hangers and birdseed for this project. You will be able to help your child with placing the hanger in a plastic bottle, filling it with birdseed and finding a good spot for hanging your new feeder in a tree at home. These free supplies will be located in the lobby.

Birding Festival Host Hotel

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Titusville has been named the official hotel of the Brevard Nature Alliance's Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival for 2016.

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

These businesses have donated merchandise or promotional materials to the 2016 Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. We thank them for their thoughtfulness and participation in this community event.

Roy Thoman
Space Coast Daily
Reel Pit BBQ
Clear Channel Outdoor
Senior Scene Mag
Eastern Florida State College

Festival Bird List

Segue from 1997 to 2016 & Birding in the Digital Age

Gone is the big white-board and magic marker. Enter the 60-inch flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi connected laptop. This display can be found at the front of the Exhibit Center, at the main entrance next to the Silent Auction. This new addition to the 19th Annual Festival is sponsored by Kevin Loughlin & Wildside Nature Tours. Learn more...

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 Reserve

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...

Noah Strycker

Noah Strycker

Noah Strycker is a young enthusiastic birder from Oregon, and a fantastic writer who is presently on the adventure of a lifetime! As a teen, he won the Leica / American Birding Association's Young Birder of the Year competition and, for many years following, penned a featured column in WildBird magazine under the nickname "BirdBoy." He has long since outgrown that nickname, and currently works as an Associate Editor of the American Birding Association's Birding magazine. Learn more...

Art for Wildlife   Friday, January 22, 2016 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Art for Wildlife

For the past seven years, the Downtown Art Gallery has held an annual fundraiser called "Art for Wildlife" which benefits MIWA and the Refuge. Join them for great wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres, beautiful artwork and great local treasures to take home with you. And they are very happy to learn that Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival's keynote speakers Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet, two wonderful birders and naturalists, will join the Art for Wildlife after their talk! Learn more...

Free Photographic One-on-One

Booth #26 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!

Bring Your Camera for Cleaning!

Peachtree Camera Repair will have a booth next to Hunt's Photo and Video where you are welcome to make an appointment to bring your camera for cleaning. If your camera is broken, send it to Peachtree. One of only two authorized warranty centers in the Southeast, Peachtree guarantees high quality professional service at competitive prices with a full ninety (90) days labor warranty on all camera repairs. They offer free estimates and a 3-day turn around on all professionally used equipment.

Kayaks by Bo - Hobie Kayak Demonstrations

January 22, 2016; 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Chain of Lakes, Titusville; Free

Kayaks by BoMeet at Chain of Lakes Park – From Eastern Florida State College, turn north on US 1 and go to the first traffic light – turn east on Truman Scarborough Way – follow this road to the entrance of the park and turn right to go to the lake nearest the soccer fields. Signs will direct you where to park. Kayaks by Bo will have an array of Hobie kayaks for you to "kick the tires" and see how you fit in one of these well-made and outstanding performance kayaks. Tom Altif (Kayaks by Bo) and others will be available to assist you and answer your questions. Participation is free with no registration required.

Post-Festival Tours

Big Year Tour Series: Florida   January 24 - 30, 2016

Greg Miller, noted birder from "The Big Year" book and movie, has created a series of eleven tours for Wildside Nature Tours' 2016 schedule. These birding trips, all within the lower 48 states, will give you a huge boost toward your own big year, while also benefiting the ABA's Youth Birding programs! Florida is stop number two in the series as, according to eBird more than 350 species of birds have been recorded just in the last week of January.

That's why this tour immediately follows the popular Space Coast Birding & Wildllife Festival! The dates are January 24-30. The mild temperatures and huge number of wintering birds in Florida make it a prime destination for any birder. A few of the species we'll be looking for include Mottled Duck, Wood Stork, Magnificent Frigatebird, Anhinga, American Bittern, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite, Bald Eagle, Short-tailed Hawk, Purple Swamphen, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, Wilson's Plover, Snowy Plover, Piping Plover, Lesser Blackbacked Gull, Black Skimmer, Common Ground-Dove, Crested Caracara, Nanday Parakeet, Monk Parakeet, Florida Scrub-Jay, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and Boat-tailed Grackle. This will be an exciting trip! For information on all the Big Year Series destinations, visit:

Florida Birds Photo Workshop   January 24 - 26, 2016

Florida Birds Photo Workshop

Join Kevin Loughlin, owner of Wildside Nature Tours, to photograph herons, egrets, ducks, hawks and more during this entry-level to intermediate-level workshop. Our small group will include a maximum of only 6 participants. During the workshop, which will include both classroom and hands-on sessions, we will discuss exposure and composition, and learn to 'see' the possibilities in order to set up when the light and conditions are right.

Festival Instagram Feed

Exhibit Center

Exhibit Center

Welcome everyone! The Exhibit Center, located in the Gymnatorium, is the site of important Festival traditions and activities in which we invite you to visit and participate. Here you will find the annual Bird Count List, Silent Auction and mmany excellent exhibitors: artists, crafters, wildlife & birding organizations, nature-specialty businesses, photography, optics from the most-recognized companies, nature tour companies and outdoor equipment. The Raptor Project will be on stage providing scheduled educational shows.

Classroom presentations and field trips are arranged so that there is time to view beautiful art and craftwork, find out more about the area and birds spotted, and acquire a gift for someone, including yourself. Find out more about the area and where the birds will be seen.

Exhibit Center hours are:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Friday, January 22, 2016 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 Closed

Festival Information

Contact the Festival Office by phone: 321-268-5224, by fax: 321-268-0921 or by e-mail: Mailing address is P. O. Box 517, Titusville, FL 32781-0517.

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. 19, 2016 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.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm for pick up of ID and Welcome Bag only.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 6:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 6:00am to 1:00pm

Food service will be available Wednesday through Sunday in the Snack Bar area as follows:

  • Free Coffee or Hot Tea by the Festival – available for you to serve yourself Wednesday through Saturday
  • Reel Bar-B-Que serving a variety of foods from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Bruesters serving Breakfast and a variety of foods and ice cream from 8:00am - 3:00pm outside in the South walkway.
  • Tables are available in the south hall of the Gymnatorium and outside in the covered Pavilion.
  • Water is available on each Field Trip bus and per bottle for car pools – please pick up at the Registration Desk.

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.

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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