Space Coast, FL (PRWEB) December 5, 2007
Attracting wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe, the 11th annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, Jan. 23 – 27, 2008, showcases an impressive collection of world-renowned keynote speakers and all-encompassing seminars, workshops and field trips. Wildlife experts will present keynotes and seminars based on field accounts, photography and new birding techniques, such as Kevin T. Karlson’s revolutionary process of identifying birds by impression, rather than plumage.
“The lineup of keynote speakers and presenters brings this year’s festival to a new intensity,” said Laurilee Thompson, founder and chairwoman of the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. “This event appeals to birders of all levels. Since its inception, the festival has attracted both inquisitive beginners and seasoned experts from around the world.”
Presented by Nikon Sport Optics and headquartered at Brevard Community College Titusville Campus, the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival includes five days of interaction with the world’s leading ornithologists, wildlife biologists and naturalists. This year’s keynote speakers include: John Acorn, Canadian naturalist and star of television show “Acorn, The Nature Nut;” John Moran, photographer and author of Journal of Light – A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida; raptor expert Jeff Bouton and naturalist Jeff Gordon, both of Leica Sport Optics; and Kevin T. Karlson, wildlife photographer and co-author of Shorebirds by Impression.
Seminars will cover a wide variety of topics, including Penguins of the World and Parrots of South Florida, and exotic locales such as Galapagos, Peru, Panama, Madagascar and Mexico, as well as the Windover Site, an archaeological dig where the remains of more than 100 7,000-year-old individuals were excavated between 1984 – 86.
Off-site ventures take participants into the marshes and woodlands of nearby natural conservation areas, landfills and even sewer ponds in search of rare birds, such as the Mangrove Swallow, whose first U.S. sighting was recorded at the Viera Water Reclamation Facility during the 2002 festival. Additional field trips include kayaking at several sites representing a variety of habitats; a visit to the Marine Science Center, complete with sea turtle tanks, 5,000-gallon artificial reef and manatee, whale and fish exhibits; and a tour of the Canaveral National Seashore, which includes three Native American shell mounds and a Florida pioneer home.
Originally posted 2011-09-01 13:45:19.