Birding & Wildlife Viewing

Experiencing nature – face to face

Having one of the most diverse ecosystems in the western hemisphere, makes Florida’s Space Coast a national natural treasure.  What makes the area the favorite of many nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers is the great number of carefully designed and maintained observation points in the county. 

There are places visitors can go to watch manatees roll around in the water, kayak tours to view nighttime bioluminescence activity, and sanctuaries where “birders” can climb towers and marvel at the great diversity of species. The naturally significant areas of the Space Coast are home to the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States.

Birdwatching

The Space Coast is an ideal location that avid birdwatchers flock to year round. The Space Coast is where the sub-tropics meet the temperate zones, making it a bird haven. More than 300 species of birds can be seen here including the Painted Bunting, North America's most beautiful bird, North America's most endangered woodpecker, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and one of the largest populations of Florida's only endemic bird species, the Florida Scrub Jay. Several of the parks in the northern part of our county, including two national parks, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral National Seashore, are part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. To help explore the trail, visitors can attend the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival – a 6-day annual event of educational field trips, classes and workshops that promote the conservation of nature.

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Oct 7
Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9-SES 11/EchoStar 105- Rocket Launch October 7, 2017

**Launch date is tentative and subject to change** A SpaceX Falcon…

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Oct 9
Cape Canaveral
**DELAYED**ULA Atlas V- NROL-52- Rocket Launch October 9, 2017

**This launch has been delayed and a new launch date has not been set** A United…

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Oct 13
Melbourne
Boo at the Zoo October 13, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Boo at the Zoo is back and more spooktacular than ever! Stop by the Zoo in October to experience this…

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Nov 10
Cocoa
Rootfire At The Park November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Rootfire At The Park is a music & lifestyle festival with the promise of exceptional music and…

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Nov 18
Melbourne
ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival November 18, 2017 - November 19, 2017

ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival is a 'plein-air' show in Melbourne, FL which…

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Fly, Stay and Cruise: Econolodge Hotel® Port Canaveral Area

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