Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival 2014

In Late January, Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge had the incredible opportunity to attend the 17th annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in beautiful Titusville, Florida.  For Tranquilo Bay the festival was an astounding success, we will definitely be returning for SCBWF 2015.  We really appreciate Neta Harris for helping us find an opening and all the hard-working volunteers that made this festival very special.

We were able to network with many key vendors and industry specialists in the birding, wildlife, and naturalist niches.  I had a blast trying out all the incredible optics from proven companies like, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Eagle Optics, and Swarovski to name a few.  What fun, all the optics booths were lined up with Jonathan Wood’s “Raptor Project” which made for great test-driving of all the latest spotting scopes and binoculars.

The talks and seminars conducted by the best experts in the birding and wildlife world were both fun and informative.

We met so many nice people who came by our booth with a luminous curiosity about Panama, Tranquilo Bay, and the Western Caribbean Slope.  It was wonderful to share the videos, pictures, and experiences that our local naturalist guides have everyday birding and wildlife watching here in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Panama was well represented at the Space Coast Festival, which I feel made us look strong as a birding, wildlife and nature destination.  Our friends Jeri and Linda Harrison represented the outstanding group of properties located throughout Panama, The Canopy Tower Family.  Many of the best nature tour companies were there such as Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, Bird Quest and Cheepers Birding, all with several well-planned and proven Panama birding tours.

Panama is really growing fast as a birding destination.  New areas like the Darien and Western Caribbean Slope are opening up to birders and constantly proving to be richer in diversity than previously believed.  We just hope that the bird watchers are watching Panama.

Thanks again to everyone from the 2014 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, we are already looking forward to seeing you next year.

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