October 17-20, 2019
Hillsborough Community College - Brandon

Four days of field and boat trips, expert seminars, keynote speakers, a special turtle symposium, and a great nature expo!

  • Dr. Mark Madison
    U.S. FWS National Historian
  • Denver Holt
    Owl Research Institute
  • Kenn Kaufman
    Kaufman Field Guides
"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
where you can learn from renowned professionals, experience peak migration, and shop unique products...

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 Saturday

    Dr. J. Sean Doody

    (University South Florida St. Petersburg)
    Why are Turtles the Most Threatened Species of Animals on Earth?
  • 10:00 AM Saturday

    George L. Heinrich

    (Heinrich Ecological Services)
    Identification of Florida Turtles
  • 11:00 AM Saturday

    Dr. Jeff Goessling

    (Eckerd College)
    Conservation Ecology of Gopher Tortoises from the Core to the Periphery
  • 1:00 PM Saturday

    Chris Lechowicz

    (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation)
    Habitat Use and Island Movements in the Jewel of Sanibel (The Florida box turtle)
  • 2:00 PM Saturday

    Dr. Jerry Johnston

    (Santa Fe College)
    The Suwannee Cooter: Lessons Learned from a Long-term Study in the Santa Fe River
  • 3:00 AM Saturday

    Dr. Ben Atkinson

    (Flagler College)
    Ornate Diamondback Terrapins: Muddy Gems in Levy County
  • 4:00 AM Saturday

    Kelly Martin

    (Florida Leatherbacks Inc.)
    Florida's Living Dinosaurs: Monitoring Florida's Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles



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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Hillsborough Community College

HCC Brandon Campus

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

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Marriott Festival Hotels
We have a great discounted rate with both Courtyard by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites! Make sure to book with the "FESTIVAL HOTELS" button before September 17, 2019.

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Audubon Florida
Florida Ornithological Society, Inc.
Tampa Audubon
Tampa Bay Refuges
Quest Ecology
Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife
Eagle Audubon
Redstart Birding
Peter R Gerbert Art
Wild Birds Unlimited Tampa
Carole Devillers Photography
Sarasota Audubon Society
Florida Nature Tours
Birding with David Simpson
Beautiful Ponds

Would You Like to Volunteer?

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

Day shifts also get a free lunch. Most shifts are 4-hours, and you can volunteer on more than one day.

Volunteer spots are assigned on a first-sign-up basis. Sign up now to grab the spot(s) you want.

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