Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival Starts Next Week

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Eastern Florida State College will host event

Kevin Mims

Kevin Mims

ABOVE VIDEO: The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, set for this month, draws birders from around the world. It gets bigger and better every year, VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors Insider Kevin Mims says, as optics and technology sellers, tour guides, conservation groups and birders gather to share their passion at the biggest such festival in the country.

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is set for next week, January 22 – 27, and will be held at Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus, located at 1311 North U.S. 1 in Titusville.

The annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the friendliest and largest such festival in the United States. The theme of the 2014 festival will be about Raptors – interesting and intriguing birds of prey – and will offer classroom presentations and field trips, as well as having four great keynote speakers.

The annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the friendliest and largest such festival in the United States. The theme of the 2014 festival will be about Raptors – interesting and intriguing birds of prey – and will offer classroom presentations and field trips, as well as having four great keynote speakers.

The annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the friendliest and largest such festival in the United States. The theme of the 2014 festival will be about Raptors – interesting and intriguing birds of prey – and will offer classroom presentations and field trips, as well as having four great keynote speakers.

The Wednesday opening reception will be held at Fox Lake Park and is a Winter Seafood Jubilee, created and served by Dixie Crossroads. Fantastic fare will include shrimp and clams, libation and popular local bands – as well as the first keynote.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

• Wednesday: Keynote – Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association. Gordon will be presenting an original topic chosen especially for the Space Coast Festival.
• Thursday: Keynote –  Brian Sullivan, well known for his innovative work with ebird at Cornell Lab. Sullivan is co-author of Princeton Press newest book – Crossley Raptor Guide.
• Friday: Keynote – Floyd Scholz, Master Carver. Scholz will present his “World of Raptors.” Get ready for an exciting introduction to Birds of Prey. These Raptor Project Shows will be presented January 23, 24 and 25th  at 10: a.m, 2:00 p.m and 3:30 p.m and on January 26 at 1:00 a.m.
• Saturday: Keynote – Michael O’Brien and Louise Zamaitis, who will provide a dual presentation about Birds and Butterflies.

For more information call 321-268-5224 e-mail neta@brevardnaturealliance.org

ABOVE VIDEO: The thousands of attendees at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival are being taken to the Brevard County sewage plant and the dump because those are some of the best spots for bird watching.


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