5th Annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show
October 11-13, 2019

The Pelican Island Preservation Society is hosting the fifth annual Indian River Bird & Nature Art Show in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13-19, 2019.

This year's event includes the Bird & Nature Art Show with a plein air paint-out at the North Sebastian Conservation Area (adjacent to the Sebastian River Art Club), a featured speaker presentation and the popular sunset wine and cheese cruise to Pelican Island.

Artwork entered in the show and created at the plein-air event will be displayed for judging, enjoyment by, and sale to the public in the gallery space located at the Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian.  Proceeds benefit PIPS and the SRAC.

Additional information on the IR Bird & Nature Art Show Facebook page.

Click here for a copy of the art entry application form.

Event Schedule

Sebastian River Art Club, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian

  • Art Show - Friday, 6 to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 9am to 4pm; free and open to the public

Capt. Hiram's, 1606 Indian River Dr., Sebastian

  • Featured Speaker, Dr. Llewelyn Erhart, Ramp Lounge, Capt. Hiram’s, Saturday, Oct 12th, 3:30 to 4:30pm, free, no reservations required.

    “Doc” Ehrhart is a zoologist, an expert in marine sea turtles, and professor emeritus and founder, of the Marine Turtle Research Group at the University of Central Florida. He has a wealth of knowledge of all things having to do with our local refuges (Pelican Island and Archie Carr) and will speak on the history of “Oak Lodge” and the role it played in their establishment, as well as the world-famous turtle nesting beaches in our area.

  • Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise to Pelican Island onboard Capt. Hiram's "River King," Saturday, Oct. 12th, 5 to 7pm; $45/person, reservations required. Advanced reservations are required and may be made using the PayPal payment option below.

Pelican Island Sunset Cruise Reservations

The tour will be conducted on the 35 passenger pontoon-style River King boat, operated by Capt. Hiram's Resort of Sebastian. The tour departs from Capt. Hiram's Resort at 1606 Indian River Dr. in Sebastian at 5pm!

Please note that pre-registration does not guarantee you will be able to go on the tour. Tours may be canceled at the discretion of the staff of Capt. Hiram's. In the event the tour can not be operated, PIPS will refund your payment to the credit or debit card with which the payment was made. If you have pre-registered for a tour and do not arrive in time for departure, no refunds will be provided but 50% of your payment may be considered a tax-deductible donation to the Pelican Island Preservation Society.

Number of persons attending

The video below is a slideshow of photos taken on the Sunset Cruise to Pelican Island, during the 2017 IR Birding Fest & Nature Art show, by PIPS member Sandy Peterson.  Wildlife seen on the trip included 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