Fishing Community Supports Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

By Neta Harris

The 16th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Brevard County, FL, scheduled for January 23-28, 2013, has long been an event supported by Coastal Angler Magazine. Rodney Smith, CAM founder and Anglers for Conservation advocate, will be doing classroom presentations from his new book, Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon Coast with book-signings to follow. More and more of those who fish for recreation also have become bird and wildlife watchers for a well-rounded outdoor experience. We at the Brevard Nature Alliance have partnered with several fishing boat captains in Brevard County to assist in promoting their services that include other nature-based activities.

The Festival is a community event that draws over 5,000 participants during the six days of activities. Headquartered at Brevard Community College, Titusville Campus, the SCBWF is the largest such festival is the United States attracting local participants and those from all over Florida, nationally and internationally.

This premier event offers opportunities for participants to explore world-renowned natural areas of Florida’s Space Coast, home of the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. Activities include: field trips and outdoor workshops, pelagic boat trip, kayak and airboat adventures, art show and competition, classroom presentations, quality keynote presentations, the Raptor Project, photography learning opportunities and interaction with nationally known photographers, informal opportunities to meet national authorities on birds, plants, optics, and technology. The nature-based trade show has over 75 businesses, crafts persons, artists, national and international tour companies, and optics dealers from A-Z with the best deals in binoculars and scopes.

Please contact Neta Harris at neta@brevardnaturealliance.org or (321) 268-5224.
Visit the Festival web site at: www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org. For more on events and lodging on Florida’s Space Coast, call (877) 572-3224 or visit www.visitSpaceCoast.com.

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