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15th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival

On-line Registration opens on July 6, 2019 at 8 a.m. PDT

Watsonville, CA – June 16, 2019
The 15th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association announces the opening of on-line registration on July 6, 2019, at 8 a.m. PDT.

This year’s festival takes place Friday, September 20th, through Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, and promises to be one of the best ever, with exciting field trips, workshops, and speakers, including many new offerings. Strategically hosted during fall migration, the festival affords participants with the opportunity of seeing some of the over 200 bird species in the region on unique land and pelagic tours, as well as whales, dolphins, and otters in the Monterey Bay.

We are intentionally enhancing three elements of the festival this year to help you make stronger connections to birds, other birders and birding organizations. With all the negative environmental news lately, we are creating opportunities for you to become a force multiplier for local conservation and thirdly, we want to provide guidance and training for you to become a citizen scientist.

Besides being a fun and engaging activity, we believe that birding can play an important role in our future. As we introduce more people to birding we also create more conservationists and advocates for the natural world. By strengthening our bonds to each other and groups fighting to make a difference, by improving our skills and quantifying what we are seeing out in the field, we take back control of the fate of the birds and the habitats they live in. We sincerely hope the changes we are making will add new meaning to your festival experience.

This year’s exceptional keynote speakers include Brian Sullivan, Digital Publications Lead at Information Science for Cornell Lab of Ornithology, presenting: eBird: Innovating Citizen-science, Big Data Research, and Bird Conservation, and John Muir Laws, renowned naturalist and author, will present “Thinking Like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History”.

Educational and practical workshops include birding photography techniques for beginners through advanced, birding optics demystified, bird sketching in the classroom and the field, understanding bird language, Merlin and ebird workshop, Introduction to Shorebirds, bird carving and many more.

Educational and practical workshops include birding photography techniques for beginners through advanced, birding optics demystified, bird sketching in the classroom and the field, understanding bird language, Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough, Peregrine Falcon and Condor recovery, bird carving and many more.

To round out activities, the festival will host our annual opening reception, “A Taste of the Pajaro Valley”, featuring delicious locally grown foods and wine; “Give for the Birds” reception new this year on Saturday evening, “Family Days,” co-hosted by the City of Watsonville Nature Center and Santa Cruz natural history museum and a host of fun activities designed especially for families and children with bi-lingual leaders for games and tours.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be in one of the most beautiful places on the planet during fall migration, the Monterey Bay on the California Central Coast. Come for the birds – stay for the bay! About the Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association, Inc. An all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bird watching, conservation and education through hosting the annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival and other activities throughout the year.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association, Inc.
275 Main Street
Watsonville, California 95076
(888) 909-7829
montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com

Contact: Debbie Diersch
(888) 909-7829
montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com