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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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