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    4 Days, 24 Field Trips, 38 Seminars, and a Nature Expo

    FLORIDA

    BIRDING & NATURE
    FESTIVAL
    October 11-14, 2018 in Tampa
      Hillsborough Community College - Brandon
    Thursday Keynote by Jack E. Davis
    Friday Keynote by Mac Stone
    Saturday Keynote by Dr. Steve Kress
    Sponsored by:
    Tampa Audubon Society Hillsborough Community College Vortex Optics Buccaneers Redstart Birding Visit Tampa Bay Heartwood Preserve Mosaic Camp Bayou TECO TBEP Reeves Subaru
2018 is the "Year of the Bird!"
"Join the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in their yearlong celebration of birds."

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 kid sessions
were you can learn from renowned professionals, experience peak migration, and shop unique products...


Meet our Experts

2018 Speakers and Leaders (alphabetically)


Schedule Overview

2018 Florida Birding & Nature Festival

THU Day-1 Oct-11
5:00 PM
Opening Social Hour Begins
6:30 PM
Keynote Begins
FRI Day-2 Oct-12
8:00 AM
First Field Trip Begins
8:00 AM
Welcome Bagels and Coffee
9:00 AM
Nature Expo Opens
9:00 AM
Seminars Begin
11:00 AM
Lunch Trucks Arrive
12:00 PM
Seminars Wrap for Lunch
1:00 PM
Afternoon Seminars Begin
2:00 PM
Lunch Trucks Close
4:00 PM
Expo Closes
5:00 PM
Last Field Trip Ends
5:00 PM
Seminars Conclude
5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation and Dinner Buffet
SAT Day-3 Oct-13
7:30 AM
First Field Trip Begins
9:00 AM
Nature Expo Opens
9:00 AM
Seminars Begin
11:00 AM
Lunch Trucks Arrive
12:00 PM
Seminars Wrap for Lunch
1:00 PM
Afternoon Seminars Begin
2:00 PM
Lunch Trucks Close
4:00 PM
Expo Closes
5:00 PM
Seminars Conclude
4:00 PM
Last Field Trip Ends
5:00 PM
Juried Poster Presentation
5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation and Dinner Buffet
SUN Day-4 Oct-14
7:30 AM
First Field Trip Begin
4:00 PM
Last Field Trip Ends
Full Schedule Details !

Special Note:

"We are monitoring the red tide situation carefully. If the conditions warrant action, we will inform field trip participants. If necessary, we will either refund the field trip expense to participants registered for any affected field trips or offer the option of signing up for an alternative trip scheduled at the same time and on the same day. Currently, while marine animals are being affected, it seems that most birds are not."
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Sponsors

The Florida Birding & Nature Festival extends a sincere "thank you" to our sponsors who are generously contributing 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

Get Directions

Official Festival Hotel
Nearby Hotels Map
Map of Field Trip Locations
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
  • Tampa Audubon Society
  • TECO Manatee Viewing Center
  • Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges
  • Eagle Audubon Society
  • Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Heartwood Preserve
  • Cats Indoors!
  • North Shore Birding Festival
  • Better Butterfly Creations
  • Wild Nature Destinations
  • Vortex Optics
  • Friends of Boyd Hill Bird of Prey Program
  • Redstart Birding - A new retailer for all your favorite brands of binoculars
  • Captain Yak Kayak Rentals & Tours
  • Holbrook Travel
  • Tampa Bay Sierra Club
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Herbs & Oils, Pathways to Wellness
  • Camp Bayou
  • Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Peter R Gerbert Art
  • Tampa Bay Watch
  • Florida Bat Conservancy
  • Valley Nature Center
  • Milton Heiberg Studios
  • Thomas J Hopfensperger Paintings & Scarves
  • Inbound Cuba
  • Solarizers
  • Homosapien Organics & Herbals
  • Banyan Ranch Studios
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Wildlands Conservation
  • Cheepers! Birding on a Budget
  • Avian Research and Conservation Institute
  • Jerky Man Dan's
  • My Sweet Bees
  • Pat the Potter
  • Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management
  • Maria Saraceno Fine Art
  • Wrobel Accounting

Would You Like to Volunteer?


Our kindhearted Festival volunteers get free access to the seminars or a keynote - outside of their shift(s).
More details on the Volunteers' page

Signups for volunteer shifts being taken now!


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