The 11th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Strategically located on the eastern continental flyway Florida, USA, is truly a bird-watcher’s paradise. This is a key stopover point for a number of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines and raptors with more than 330 species of birds having been seen. Many birds migrate from their northern homes to spend their winter in Florida. The wildlife in the Florida area is diverse and interesting. It is clear to see why the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival held in Titusville, Florida, is such a popular event. The 11th annual festival will be held from 23 to 28 January 2008 and all bird and wildlife enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

Bird-watching is a fascinating activity that can be enjoyed by groups, families and individuals. Requiring minimal equipment, skill or physical fitness, birding is an inexpensive way to get in touch with nature. The 11th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival hosted by the non-profit organization Brevard Nature Alliance will give birders and potential birders all the information they need to pursue this hobby. In 1997 there were about 200 participants in the event and this has grown to more than 3,000 in 2007 proving how popular birding is becoming. It is anticipated that the 2008 event will be even bigger and better than ever before, with loyal supporters and new participants all enjoying what the festival has to offer.

Exhibitors at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival will include, crafts people, educators and artists, as well as organizations, businesses and government agencies that represent and are involved in nature, wildlife and bird watching. Eco-tourism will be highlighted at the festival with the emphasis on protecting and nurturing earth’s natural resources.

The goal of Hands-On Wildlife Safari is to use “hands-on” education and entertainment to raise awareness of the need to preserve the earth’s diversity. They educate participants with the use of animals, such as the African feral cat, Florida panther and North American bobcat as well as a variety of reptiles, in an interactive learning experience. Demonstrations will take place throughout the festival.

Amongst the other arranged activities that will keep visitors busy all day is a display by the largest traveling collection of winged predators in the world. Families will get the opportunity to make their own bird feeder as a group project. There will be demonstrations of bird banding – an indispensable technique that is used universally for studying the behavior, movement and survival of birds. Barn Owl workshops, which includes the dissection of their pellets to ascertain what is included in their diet, will give new insight into the habits of this fascinating bird.

With so much to offer, the 11th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Florida, promises to be a treasure trove of useful information and well worth visiting.