Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival - and - Brevard Nature Alliance

  • Laurilee Thompson, Festival Founder
  • Barb Eager, Executive Director
  • Neta Harris, Marketing & Resources
  • Danica Romeyn, Outreach & Development Coordinator
  • Ruth Cook, Administrative Assistant
  • Barbara Hoelscher, Programs
  • Jim Eager, Social Media
  • DeeAnn Jennings Kiesel, Graphic Design (Program)

Volunteers from this community are the life of every activity offered during the Festival. These dedicated people bring a diverse energy to the tasks that help to make the Festival a success. In all of the evaluations we receive regarding the effectiveness of the Festival, the attitude, helpfulness and caring of the people on the front line of contact have always been given the highest marks of satisfaction. Visit our Volunteer Section to learn more.


History of the Brevard Nature Alliance

  • The Brevard Nature Alliance, Inc. (BNA) was formed in December 1998 to provide a strategic alliance among all Brevard stakeholders for natural resource initiatives. The BNA is chartered as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the state of Florida and is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 ( c ) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. BNA members are a coalition of representatives from key organizations who combine their knowledge to protect the distinct ecology and raise the awareness of citizens and visitors to the value and importance of the natural resources of Brevard County, Florida.
  • The mission of the Brevard Nature Alliance, Inc. is to build public awareness and appreciation of the value of Brevard County's natural resources by fostering and promoting ethical nature based ecotourism.
  • The Alliance serves as one of the primary advocates of communitybased nature activities in Brevard County, dedicated to the enrichment of the community through an understanding and appreciation of natural resources, nature-based tourism and ecosystem needs.
  • The BNA seeks to increase awareness of the County's natural resources and work with the community toward sensible growth management. The BNA does this by offering technical and funding support to educational projects such as the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, organizing community workshops to form a strategic conservation plan for the County as part of the Brevard Tomorrow Initiative, providing environmental documentation to and working with Brevard County to enhance functional ecological design for new development.


Brevard Nature Alliance Board of Directors

Michelle Baker, Director/Judge, Brevard County District 1

Steve Bankert, Director/Computer Programer

Virginia Barker, Vice Chair/Brevard County NRMO

Anne Birch, Ex officio/The Nature Conservancy

Sue Carlson, Secretary/Community Advocate

Robert Day, Vice Chair/Community Advocate

Melinda Donnelly, Treasurer/University of Central Florida

Nancy Evans, Director/Fairfield Inn & Suites

Bart Gaetjens, Chair/FP&L

Don George, Vice Chair/GEOMAR

Vince Lamb, Director/Community Advocate

Martha Long, Director/Titusville City Council

Rita Pritchett, Director/Titusville City Council

Laurilee Thompson, Ex officio/Dixie Crossroads Restaurant

Beth Ann Tucker, Director/Tucker Alarm Systems

Rob Varley, Director/Photographer

Keith Winsten, Immed Past Chair/Brevard Zoo


Support Team

Barb Eager, Executive Director

Neta Harris, Marketing & Resources

Barbara Hoelscher, Programs

Jim Eager, Social Media

For more information or to become a member of the BNA, visit the website -

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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