Sponsors

Interested in becoming a Sponsor for the 2018 Festival?
Perhaps your business would be interested in sponsoring an Event at the Festival - Keynote Presentation, Opening Reception, Afternoon Social, etc. Download our 2018 Festival Sponsorship Guide (pdf), or contact us at 321-268-5224 or to discuss how to get more exposure for your product and business before, during and after the Festival.

We encourage you to patronize the sponsors, partners, and advertisers and visit the parks and preserves that have so generously donated staff and access for this event. Through their support, they have made a commitment to protect our natural resources.

2018 Sponsors


MANATEE

Dixie Crossroads

Seafood at its best! Dixie Crossroads has served local wild-caught seafood since 1983. Why wild-caught? Because we are proud to support an American industry and serve the best quality seafood we can find. Families have come here for generations and always bring their out-of-town visitors for a taste of local seafood, char-grilled steaks, fresh salads, homemade soups and desserts. And everyone loves our free hot corn fritters! A full bar compliments any occasion. Kids and grownups enjoy feeding fish and turtles in the outside pond. Open daily at 11am. Large groups welcome! Proud supporter of the Festival since Day One. Please visit our web site at www.dixiecrossroads.com

Space Coast Office of Tourism

Florida's Space Coast is a family-friendly destination located 45-minutes east of Orlando. Encompassing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne & the Beaches, Port Canaveral, Titusville, and Palm Bay, it is home to the world's second busiest cruise port and 72 miles of beaches, the longest stretch in the state; as well as 190,000 acres of wetlands and waterways full of habitat found nowhere else. Florida's Space Coast is where rockets still soar into orbit from Kennedy Space Center. For more information, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or www.visitspacecoast.com

Swarovski Optik

Swarovski Optik, an Austrian, family-owned company with a long tradition, has been producing high-quality binoculars and telescopes for over 50 years. As one of the world's leading optical goods manufacturers, Swarovski Optik sells products, which are a synthesis of superior quality in terms of functionality and optical performance, coupled with an emphasis on aesthetic design. Evidence for this can be seen in Swarovski Optik's wide range of optical instruments, which include binoculars, telescopes, optronic instruments, riflescopes, knurling/milling tools, precision and optical components. For more information about Swarovski Optik birding instruments and digiscoping tools visit www.swarovskioptik.com

EAGLE

Wildside Nature Tours

In 1993, Kevin Loughlin visited the tiny country of Belize. This vacation changed his life! Compelled to share his discovery of this Central American gem with others, he returned home, quit his job and founded Wildside Nature Tours! In the 22 years since, with a strong following of repeat customers spreading the word, Wildside's enthusiastic leaders have led birding tours, photo tours & workshops and wildlife safaris on every continent, including Antarctica. Our fun trips have attracted prominent guest leaders like Kevin Karlson, Kim and Kenn Kaufman, Amy and Scott Weidensaul and "The Big Year's" Greg Miller, who is now a full time guide with Wildside! Innovative tour concepts and well designed itineraries have propelled Wildside to be a leader in tourism, offering great trips at a great value to help you see the world or recognize what's right in your own back yard. Let a new journey begin! Visit www.wildsidetoursinc.com

PANTHER

American Birding Association

The American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. The American Birding Association represents the North American birding community and supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks. ABA publications include the award winning Birding magazine and its companion Birder's Guide series as well as the official checklist for the ABA area and the ABA Code of Ethics. The ABA's education programs promote birding skills, ornithological knowledge, and the development of a conservation ethic. Our conservation initiatives and programs directly benefit birds and their habitat on breeding grounds, wintering grounds and during migration. The ABA encourages birders to apply their skills to help conserve birds and their habitats, and we represent the interests of birders in planning and legislative arenas. We welcome all birders as members. www.aba.org

Bird Watcher's Digest

Bird Watcher's Digest welcomes you to the wonderful world of birding. We deliver engaging, entertaining, and informative content via our print magazines, our websites and e-newsletters, our podcasts and instructional videos, and our award-winning digital edition and app. Join us for one of our wildly popular birding events, including the American Birding Expo, the Midwest Birding Symposium, or our Reader Rendezvous birding trips. Bird watchers of ALL levels of experience and interest are welcome to join us. Start your birding adventure today by visiting www.birdwatchersdigest.com or by calling us at 800-879-2473.

Canaveral Port Authority

The Canaveral Port Authority's mission is to develop trade, create jobs, and strengthen the economy of Brevard County and the Central Florida region. While carrying out its primary mission, the Canaveral Port Authority also spends millions of dollars on programs to protect the environment and imperiled species. Please visit the Port web site at www.portcanaveral.com

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Time & Optics

Time & Optics Ltd is a family owned business since 1974, located in the heart of Ohio. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible customer satisfaction. Offering birders and nature enthusiasts the best there is to offer in Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Tripods and accessories. Call us toll free 1-888-308-0727 we will quote you a price on any of our products. We love birds and we love birding, see ya in the field! - Robert at Time & Optics

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SCRUB JAY

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is a leading, international provider of premium sports optics and part of the Consumer Optics Group of Carl Zeiss. Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, LLC is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars and spotting scopes throughout the United States and Canada. Carl Zeiss Sports Optics North American headquarters is located in North Chesterfield, Va. www.zeiss.com

City of Titusville

The City of Titusville has supported the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival from its inception in 1997 and looks forward to continuing that support for this premier environmental event in the future. Titusville is a diverse community of hometown neighborhoods built among natural treasures, fostering civic pride, family activities and community service. We strive to fulfill the words of our mission statement, "Through teamwork and leadership, the City of Titusville provides essential services to improve the quality of life of our community" and, our motto, "Gateway to Nature and Space" Learn more about our city at www.titusville.com

Florida Power & Light

Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.fpl.com

Health First

Health First is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. A not-for-profit organization, Health First provided more than $129 million in community support in 2015. To learn more about Health First's commitment to community, please visit www.HFgivesback.org

Hunt's Photo & Video

Hunt's is a New England icon in the photographic, video and digital imaging business. Our Company was founded in 1889 and over the years we have gained the reputation as the destination location for imaging products throughout New England and the USA. We have grown and evolved to a staff of 100 people operating eight retail locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, with a corporate sales division, a law enforcement division and a team of professionals traveling the USA reaching out to our customers across the nation. Today we specialize in digital products including consumer cameras, consumer and professional digital SLR's, consumer and professional printers, inkjet media and inks. We are a leading specialty retailer for brands including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Pentax and Leica cameras, lenses and accessories. And we stock every major product for capturing, printing and storing images. Visit us at www.huntsphoto.com

Sigma

PELICAN

Kowa Sporting Optics

KOWA offers an extensive line of binoculars, spotting scopes, lenses, and digiscoping equipment that excel in even the most rugged conditions. The design of our products utilize Eco-Glass and are ergonomically designed to optimize ease of use. KOWA's variety of products deliver quality optical performance to the outdoor enthusiast. www.sportingoptics.kowa-usa.com

Merritt Island Wildlife Association

The Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. MIWA currently has over 1,200 members, the largest refuge friends group in the nation. It provides volunteers, finances educational programs, materials, and equipment for refuge projects. In addition, they promote conservation, awareness, appreciation of the refuge and support many refuge programs. Due to budget limitations, many programs would not take place without the support of MIWA and its dedicated volunteers. MIWA relies on grant awards, generous private businesses and individual contributions to assist in their efforts. They also operate the Bookery, a bookstore/gift shop located in the Refuge Visitor's Center, with all proceeds going directly toward refuge projects. For information about MIWA or how to become a member, call Sandee Larsen 321 861-2377 or visit the website at www.merrittislandwildlifeassociation.org

Panasonic

Panasonic offers the LUMIX G Series cameras, a mirrorless design for professional quality hybrid photography, combining still and video images at the highest quality. Along with Micro Four Thirds LEICA lenses, the cameras offer advanced features suited to the demands of the professional photographer. Visit www.lumixlounge.com to learn more.

Parrish Health Care

Parrish Healthcare® is a regional integrated care network and America's first to earn integrated care certification from The Joint Commission. Parrish Healthcare's integrated care network includes Parrish Medical Center, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member and one of America's most recognized hospitals for clinical quality, patient safety and healing environments; Parrish Medical Group, Florida Health Network, Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville, Nemours Children's Hospital and OMNI Healthcare. For more information, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com to learn more.

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Rockjumper Birding Tours annually offer 300 tours to 100 countries and all 7 continents. Our highly skilled professional tour leaders are fun, energetic and motivated to ensure you find the world's most sought after birds. With 18+ years of specialized experience, we also offer customized tours, and excellent value for money. www.rockjumperbirding.com

Tamron

PILEATED WOODPECKER

Canopy Tower

Sponsored in part by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

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