Welcome to the Monterey Bay Birding Festival

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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.

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 montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com for more information.

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ON-SITE REGISTRATION STARTS SEPTEMBER 22nd

You can still register ON-SITE for the Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival starting September 22nd through September 25, 2016. ON-SITE registration for walk-ins is still available.  Please come to the festival headquarters at the Watsonville Civic Center...

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We’re Recruiting!
The Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association is actively recruiting to fill open seats on the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for you to serve the birding community, learn, have fun, and actively engage with other birding enthusiasts to help shape the future of the annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival. We are seeking individuals with a variety of skills and interests so don’t be shy about inquiring if you have an interest in the birding festival and would like to work with a wonderful group of passionate birding enthusiasts. Inquire at montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com.
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We’re Recruiting! 
The Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association is actively recruiting to fill open seats on the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for you to serve the birding community, learn, have fun, and actively engage with other birding enthusiasts to help shape the future of the annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival. We are seeking individuals with a variety of skills and interests so don’t be shy about inquiring if you have an interest in the birding festival and would like to work with a wonderful group of passionate birding enthusiasts. Inquire at montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com.
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