• 2018 Peter R Gerbert Lost in the Florida Scrub
    4 Days of Field Trips, Seminars, and a Nature Expo
    4 Days
    of Field Trips, Seminars,
    and a Nature Expo

    FLORIDA

    BIRDING & NATURE
    BIRDING
    & NATURE
    FESTIVAL
    October 17-20, 2019 in Tampa
      Hillsborough Community College - Brandon
    Tampa Audubon Society Hillsborough Community College TECO
Art Credit: "Lost in the Florida Scrub" ©2018 Peter R. Gerbert, Acrylics
Come celebrate the wonders of the birds, wildlife, and natural lands that we enjoy in West Central Florida.

A four-day festival offering presentations workshops keynotes field trips boat trips a nature expo a turtle symposium
were you can learn from renowned professionals, experience peak migration, and shop unique products...

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A Schedule Overview

The 2019 Florida Birding & Nature Festival

THU Day-1 Oct-17
5:00 PM
Opening Social Hour Begins
6:30 PM
Keynote Begins
FRI Day-2 Oct-18
7:00 AM
First Field Trip Begins
9:00 AM
Nature Expo Opens
9:00 AM
Seminars Begin
5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation and Dinner Buffet
SAT Day-3 Oct-19
7:00 AM
First Field Trip Begins
9:00 AM
Nature Expo Opens
9:00 AM
Seminars Begin
5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation and Dinner Buffet
SUN Day-4 Oct-20
8:00 AM
First Field Trip Begins

New for 2019 - Special Saturday Turtle Symposium !

Exploring Florida's Rich Turtle Diversity

A seminar co-sponsored by the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust.   


  • 9:00 AM


    Dr. Sean Doody

    (University of South Florida, St. Petersburg)
    An overview of turtles.
  • 10:00 AM


    George L. Heinrich

    (Heinrich Ecological Services)
    Identifying non-marine turles of Central Florida.
  • 11:00 AM


    Dr. Jeff Goessling

    (Eckerd College)
    Gopher tortoises at BHNP.
  • 1:00 PM


    Chris Lechowicz

    (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation)
    Box turtles at Sanibel Island.
  • 2:00 AM


    Dr. Ben Atkinson

    (Flagler College)
    Diamondback terrapins at Cedar Key NWR.
  • 3:00 AM


    Kelly Martin & Chris Johnson

    (Florida Leatherbacks Inc.)
    Leatherneck sea turtles.
  • 4:00 PM


    Dr. Jerry Johnston

    (Santa Fe College)
    Suwannee cooters.

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Sponsors

The Florida Birding & Nature Festival could not exist without our wonderful sponsors who generously contribute financial aid and in-kind services!


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Venue

Hillsborough Community College

HCC Brandon Campus

Address: 10451 Nancy Watkins Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33619, United States

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Festival Hotel TBD
Nearby Hotels Map
Last Year's
EXHIBITORS & VENDORS
Tampa Audubon
TECO Manatee Viewing Center
Tampa Bay Refuges
Eagle Audubon
Vortex Optics
Friends of Boyd Hill
Redstart Birding
Peter R Gerbert Art
Wild Birds Unlimited Tampa
Tampa Bay Watch
Florida Bat Conservancy
Valley Nature Center
Wildlands Conservation
Cheepers!
Avian Research and Conservation Institute
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Milton Heiberg Studios
Potter Pat
Capt Yak
Jerky Man Dan's
My Sweet Bees Apiaries
Inbound Cuba
Holbrook Travel
Heartwood Preserve
Tampa Bay Sierra Club
Hillsborough County CELM
Center for Biological Diversity
Homosapien Organics & Herbals
Maria Saraceno
Herbs & Oils
Wild Nature Destinations
Wrobel Accounting
Camp Bayou
Banyan Ranch Studios
Raptor Rescue
The Florida Aquarium

Would You Like to Volunteer?


Our kindhearted Festival volunteers get free access to the seminars or a keynote - outside of their shift(s).
2019 details coming

Sign-up Option Coming