The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival offers a rare opportunity to interact with some of the world's leading ornithologists, wildlife biologists and naturalists through a comprehensive collection of field trips, seminars, workshops, boat trips, kayak adventures and social gatherings. This exciting event features more than 170 activities during five days and nights of non-stop fun and learning. Added emphasis is placed on the unique cutting edge technology, history and culture of this area.
Birding luminaries Kenn Kauffman and Pete Dunne will lead an all-star cast of speakers and field trip leaders who will introduce you to an amazing world of birds, butterflies, bats, manatees, sea turtles, reptiles, fish and more. Or you can journey offshore on an 85 foot fishing vessel to look for some of Florida's most sought-after birds: pelagics í birds who spend their entire lives at sea. Numerous guided trips will visit special birding and wildlife areas, as well as cultural sites, within a six-county area. A large exhibit hall will feature booths hosted by optics and camera dealers, kayak retailers, nature & wildlife crafters, artists, photographers, governmental agencies and environmental organizations.
World renowned wildlife photographers Arthur Morris, Joanne Williams and Milton Heiberg will offer classes and field workshops. An extensive list of 18 different photography activities and presentations includes everything from Beginning Wildlife Photography classes and lessons on how to improve your photographs to Macrophotography. Slide and multi-media presentations by six different accomplished photographers will feature a visual odyssey of diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. It is not often that the chance to interact with so many exceptional photographers at one single event presents itself.
Archaeologist, Tom Penders, will talk about the pre-history of Brevard County, including ancient mound-building civilizations and Titusville's Windover Archaeological Dig, which revealed remarkable clues about the lives of Native Americans who lived near a small pond 4,000 years before Christ was born and 2,000 years before the pyramids were built.
Sculpted by the sea, the Space Coast features more than 100 miles of high energy beaches, two natural inlets and a man-made entry to the ocean, a national seashore, four national wildlife refuges, the nation's most biologically diverse estuary and Florida's longest freshwater river with associated lakes and marshes. With the assistance of the Space Coast Paddler's Club, six area kayak outfitters will provide discounted trips to 15 separate locations, providing an exceptional opportunity for exploration of some of the very best areas in a state that's famous for its scenic waterways. Area kayak retailers will be on-hand with discounts for boats purchased at the festival, and on Saturday, several major kayak manufacturers will sponsor a Demo Day. Participants are invited to join them for a free, first time opportunity to view and try out the latest offering of kayaks by Old Town, Perception, Wilderness Systems and Ocean Kayak.
Major Sponsors include NIKON, the Canaveral Port Authority, Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant, FLORIDA TODAY, Pepsi/Aquafina, Reliant Energy, and the Space Coast Office of Tourism. The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival takes place at the Brevard Community College campus in Titusville, Florida. Visit www.nbbd.com/fly or call Neta, 321-268-5224 to order a program. Field trips fill up fast. Make your reservations NOW!
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