Hard to believe that this is the 16th annual Birding and Wildlife Festival - Jim Angy, Matt MacQueen, and I participated in the first one, hosting a table displaying our wildlife photo albums on CD. As you might expect, the first Festival had light attendance - in the 500s. Now, it is a world-class event, drawing vendors and participants from all over the world, with thousands of visitors over the five days (January 23 - 28, 2013). The web site is complete and informative, so I won't go into much detail, except to urge you to attend. There are field trips (including a pelagic birding boat trip), instructional programs, the Raptor Project (you have to see this to believe it - all these huge Raptors displayed on the stage, almost within touching distance, and posing as if they were fashion models!), art show, vendors - and the list goes on. There are some free events, but many have fees attached and require pre-registration - the web site has all the details. (Photo, "Feeding Frenzy", Wayne Matchett)
Please visit our "companion" blog, Space Coast Eco , featuring detailed posts on nature-based field trips in Brevard County - where to go, how to get there, what to expect. Plan trips to such places as Viera Wetlands, Cruickshank Sanctuary, Canaveral Lock, Malabar Scrub, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), Playalinda Beach, and Port Canaveral. Be sure to watch the slideshows.
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Laurilee Thompson, 2005
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