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Florida’s largest native owl is the great horned owl, which can stand up to two feet tall!

Want to learn about the amazing birds and wildlife in east central Florida? Don’t miss out on the 22nd annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) from January 23 to 28 at the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

This year’s festival is centered around the owl and will feature some of the world’s most renowned birding and wildlife experts. From evening keynote presentations by two of the world’s leading owl experts to daily spotlight and classroom talks and family activities, there will be plenty of opportunities to see and learn about these elusive creatures.

Some outstanding presentations include topics such as water quality, algae blooms and estuary restoration. These presentations are sponsored by the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition and take place on Saturday, January 26.

New to the SCBWF this year is the Space Coast Family Wildlife Adventure Day! Join an owl detective talk with research professionals, investigate the owl exploration room, dissect an owl pellet, learn about Florida marine mammals and bats as well as wildlife rehabilitation and rescue, take a guided beginner’s birding walk or do some nature art as part of this family-friendly event.

With 45 talks from various speakers covering remarkable places to visit, fascinating birds and wildlife, Florida’s water crisis and more, there is sure to be something to spark your interest. An Exhibit Center will feature 70 exhibitors including tour operators, environmental organizations, booksellers, crafters and more.

Field trips to visit the region’s best birding and wildlife sites will also be available. A special trip to Blue Spring State Park with manatee experts to see these wonderful creatures will include a boat trip on the St. Johns River.

You can choose to sign up for just one day of activities or experience the whole festival. To register and find the 36-page Festival Guide and daily schedules, click here or call 321-268-5244.

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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