4th Annual Indian River Birding fest
& Nature Art Show Coming
October 2018

The Pelican Island Preservation Society hosted the third annual Indian River Birding Fest & Nature Art Show, in partnership with the Pelican Island Audubon Society.  Our festival was held in conjunction with the National Wildlife Refuge Service's "National Wildlife Refuge Week," October 8-14, 2017.

Activities included local birding tours and lectures, Nature Art Show that included a plein air paint-out at the PIAS campus, and a sunset pontoon boat cruise on the Indian River Lagoon to Pelican Island.

The event was held at the PIAS campus located at 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Road), Vero Beach, Florida.  Juried art entries were on display and for sale, at the Audubon House.  For more information about the PIAS, visit their website at

Forty artists submitted 64 pieces of work in the Nature Art Show at the festival.  Below is a list of winning entries.

Best of Show - Grace Amore Savage - "Early Morning Paddle," oil
First Place, Photography - Valerie Mayton - "Twilight Glare"
Second Place, Photography - Anne Malsbary - "Kingfisher went Fishing"
Third Place, Photography - Arlene Willnow - "Contemplation"
First Place, Two-dimensional - John Richardi - "Sailfish on the Line," acrylic
Second Place, Two-dimensional - Anne Whitney - "Happy Couple," acrylic
Third Place, Two-dimensional - Gustaf Miller - "Under Pond," watercolor
First Place, Three-dimensional - Lorrie Goss - "Roseated Spoonbills," clay
Second Place, Three-dimensional - Margaret Goembel - "Florida Fossils," mixed media
Third Place, Three-dimensional - Maria Sparsis - "Cradled," porcelain and stone
Plein Air - Lee G. Smith, acrylic

The video below is a slideshow of photos taken on the Sunset Cruise to Pelican Island by PIPS Board member Sandy Peterson.  Wildlife seen on the trip include brown and white pelicans, white and glossy ibis, great blue herons, cormorants, black vultures, wood storks, white egrets, osprey and dolphin.  The tour was lead by Master Naturalist Heather Stapleton.

Sunset Cruise to Pelican Island - 2017 Indian River Birding Fest & Nature Art Show

Please download the Festival brochure (see the link below) for the full details of events and activities.

Click on the image at left to download a copy of the IRBF brochure with the full list of events and activities.