Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 28-30, 2018

Monterey Bay Birding Festival

2018 Festival Registration is now open. Please see the Registration page for more details and to register.

2018 Keynote Speakers:
Friday, September 28 | John Muir Laws
Saturday, September 29 | Jonathan Franzen

Welcome to the home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America, The Monterey Bay Birding Festival.

Located at the Watsonville Civic Plaza at 275 Main Street in Watsonville, California.

From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend’s warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean’s surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region.

September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There’s no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.

Documentary and Lecture tickets are available onsite on the day of the festival.

Extraordinary Field Trip Leaders, Presenters and Workshops

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival field trips leaders are all extraordinary birders who delight in sharing their love of birds and favorite birding venues with you. Each year we have a stellar line-up of evening presentations and daily workshops to augment your birding festival experience.

Sharing Your Love of Birds

Take advantage of this total immersion in all things birds with fellow bird enthusiasts from around the world. You’ll have lots of opportunities to share birding stories during field trips, workshops, the opening reception, and while perusing the Birders Marketplace.

Supporting Our Community

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the management of a passionate group of volunteers dedicated to making the festival the best experience possible for guests and providing enrichment for our community. Many volunteer opportunities are available.  Please check out the Volunteers page and send us an email at for more information.

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Watsonville Wetlands Watch has invited the public to a special presentation by Secretary John Laird on Thursday, August 9th, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Birders will be interested in what Secretary Laird has to say about Natural Resources and Conservation in California. Hope you can join us!Please join us for a very special evening presentation by California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird on Thursday, August 9th, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Secretary Laird will give us an inside view of natural resources challenges in California and the Central Coast.

From 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA 95076.

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