Go birding at the 19th annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Brevard County, Florida.
Birders! Mark your calendars! The 19th annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival returns to Brevard County, Florida the week of January 20 to 25, 2016. The festival is a nearly week-long affair with field trips, hands-on learning experiences, classes and a large exhibit area. And, of course, there are birds!
Florida? Space Coast features marshlands, cypress hammocks, pine flatwoods, scrub habitat, estuaries and open ocean. It is about 35 miles east of Orlando. These diverse options give birders from around the world endless opportunities to spot rarities like the Florida Scrub-Jay and the Roseate Spoonbill, according to the Festival spokespeople.
“Our festival focuses on the abundance and diversity of the natural world available to us,?said Neta Harris, executive director of the Brevard Nature Alliance. “Because of that variety, last year we were lucky enough to spot almost 180 different bird species in just one week.?
You might get a chance to get a selfie with a bird at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.
More than 330 species of birds have been identified on Florida? Space Coast, due to its location directly on the Eastern Continental Flyway.
“Florida? Space Coast is the ultimate paradise for bird and wildlife watching, thanks to its incredibly diverse natural areas,?said Eric Garvey, executive director for Florida? Space Coast Office of Tourism. “We?e so lucky we are home to one of the largest collections of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States.?
This year, attendees can join in more than 250 activities and events in addition to traditional birdwatching. Educational classes include not only birding subjects, experts on local interests such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, butterflies, snakes, bats and the North Atlantic right whale will also be presenting. An offshore birding and wildlife adventure will give participants the opportunity to see ocean birds and animals, as well as working shrimp boats.
For a schedule of events and to register, visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org.