East Coast Birding, Florida – 2019

NANPA Regional Workshop

East Coast Birding, Florida January 27-30, 2019

Event Details –

Photograph with Maresa Pryor-Luzier at some of the best birding areas along the Space Coast of Florida.  We will be visiting Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge-Black Point Wildlife Drive, Viera Wetlands, Orlando Wetlands, and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary – all within 30 minutes of the hotel.

We’ll be able to photograph during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset in coastal and inland wetlands and oak scrub catching birds in their natural habitats, behaviors, as well as scenic opportunities of reflective colors in the marsh.

©Maresa Pryor-Luzier

About the East Coast of Florida-

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1974, surrounds parts of Cape Canaveral National Seashore and Kennedy Space Center. Black Point Wildlife Drive teems with wintering and native birds along the mud flats and mangroves.  The refuge supports roseate spoonbills, egrets, herons, raptors, and 16 federally listed species including alligators, reddish egrets, wood storks, and scrub jays.  Sunrises and sunsets lend great backgrounds and lighting for beautiful imagery.

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, known as Viera Wetlands Drive, was developed as an integral component of Brevard County’s water reuse system. The wetlands consist of 200 acres divided into four cells of approximately 35 acres each, plus a central lake. The cells were designed to maintain differing depths of water, reflecting diverse wetland conditions. These wetlands contain bitterns, ducks, mergansers, egrets, herons, limpkins, purple gallinules, soras, bald eagles, otters, and an occasional Caracara.

The Orlando Wetlands Park consists of diked trails offering photographers access to Florida’s wildlife by walking around Lake Searcy through wetlands and hammocks containing purple gallinule, egrets, herons, ducks, anhinga, spoonbills, red-shouldered hawks, osprey, sandhill cranes and, if you’re lucky, a bobcat.

Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary, named after the nationally known ornithologist and author, is a 140-acre sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of Florida’s oak and sand pine scrub providing a healthy habitat for a colony of Scrub Jays.


©Maresa Pryor-Luzier

What to Expect –

We will be photographing on Monday morning and afternoon, Tuesday morning and afternoon, and Wednesday morning.   We’ll return to the hotel mid-day after lunch then have a break until 3:00pm when we meet in the lobby.  Tuesday night we will have a group presentation of each individual’s work and Maresa will give helpful tips for areas of improvement. The event wraps up on Wednesday, January 30th  after brunch (included in your registration fee).

Meals:  All meals except Wednesday’s brunch are on your own.  We suggest that you eat with your group so you can share experiences and get to know each other.  

Wednesday Brunch Location:  This meal is included in your registration fee and will take place on Wednesday at 11:00am.  All other meals are on your own.



©Maresa Pryor-Luzier

Just the Facts –

Date: January 27-30, 2019 Registration & orientation are Jan. 27, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $395 NANPA member, $595 non-members (includes Wednesday Brunch)

Location: Titusville, Florida

Last date to register: January 10, 2019

Maximum number attendees: 15

East Coast Birding Workshop Event Cancellation and No Refund Policy:  NANPA will not offer any refunds for registrations for this event regardless of when the cancellation is made or the reason for the cancellation. NANPA reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. NANPA will offer refunds if NANPA has to cancel the event. It also has the right to substitute presenters if those originally scheduled cannot attend. Registrants may purchase event insurance as part of the registration process through NANPA’s partner, Allianz. More information on this option will be shown during the checkout process for the event registration.

NOTE:  If you do not purchase event insurance at the time that you pay for your registration, you will NOT be able to go back and purchase it with Allianz later.

If you choose to purchase travel insurance separately, you can do so with your own insurance carrier, or NANPA members can receive a special travel insurance rate through USI Affinity/Travel Insurance Services.


Lodging –

Holiday Inn Titusville–Kennedy Space Center
4715 Helen Hauser Blvd.
Titusville, FL  32780
Phone: 321-383-0200

Website: Holiday Inn Titusville – Kennedy Space Center

Rates:  $119/night plus 12% tax and $2.99 per stay environmental fee.
Call for reservations and mention NANPA for these rates. Cut-off date for reservations is January 6, 2019.

Leader –

Maresa Pryor-Luzier – As a freelance photographer, Maresa specializes in the field of wildlife and nature. Her travels have taken her around the world to extraordinary places such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, Central America, Norway, Puerto Rico, Southern Africa, and the United States.

She has served as both board member and chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers of Central Florida, and is a founding member of the North American Nature Photography Association.

Published worldwide, her credits include: Audubon, Field & Stream, Living Bird, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Kids & Book Series, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Ranger Rick, and more. She is represented by two agencies in New York and Washington state.

Basic 2019 East Coast Birding Workshop Schedule-

Sunday, January 27:  7:00 pm Registration and Orientation
Please eat dinner prior to the meeting.

Monday, January 28:  Morning and afternoon drives to explore Black Point Drive at Merritt Island NWR.

Tuesday, January 29: Morning field trip to Viera Wetlands and afternoon trip to Orlando Wetlands.

Wednesday, January 30: Morning field trip to Allen Cruickshank Sanctuary.  Brunch at 11:00 am.

Meals: All meals are on your own except Wednesday brunch, which is included in the event registration fee. Attendees are encouraged to eat together with their group as part of the overall experience.

Transportation: On your own.


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