FLORIDA

BIRDING & NATURE

FESTIVAL

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

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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 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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EXHIBITORS & VENDORS
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

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

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