WHO WE ARE
The Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by a passionate group of volunteers to raise awareness of the value and importance of birding and wildlife in Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Bay region and California. We are dedicated to serving our community through educational outreach, environmental program development, strategic planning, and the sharing of information and expertise with all interested parties.
As one of the primary organizations for information on birding, wildlife, and eco-tourism, we offer and support several key programs and projects of special interest. These include:
• The development and promotion of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
• Year-round eco-tourism marketing of the Pajaro Valley and the Monterey Bay region.
• Birding and wildlife educational support of our local schools.
The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is committed to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. We publish the code of ethics to field trip leaders and attendees to provide guidance on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying birdwatching experiences without altering the ability of birds to behave naturally. As a result we were the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for our efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation. To learn more about Mindful Birding and to download the full code of birding ethics visit www.mindfulbirding.org.
Download the award certificate by clicking on the file link below.
The Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association, Inc. is chartered as a Not-for-Profit Corporation under the laws of the State of California and is an IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.
As a volunteer-managed organization, we invite you to consider joining us as a volunteer. You will not only find enriching opportunities for yourself, but will also be serving our community. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our cadre of wonderful volunteers or would like more information about the festival.