Monterey Bay Birding Festival

Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur to see California condors. Join a pelagic trip to witness one of the world’s most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and more. Jump into a kayak and get closer to nature or take a scenic ride at Elkhorn Slough Safari. All field trips are led by top-quality, friendly leaders.

The 2018 Monterey Bay Birding Festival will be held September 28-30. Please explore our website to learn more about this year’s offerings.

View the full Event Descriptions.

View the Program Schedule.

Learn more about Lectures.

Learn more about Workshops.

Learn more about Field Trips.

Learn more about Family Day.


Online registration is now closed and will re-open at the festival:
Thursday, September 27, 4-5:30PM | Early registration and pre-registered packet pick-up
September 28-30 | Festival registration desk opens at 5:45 AM and remains open throughout the day.

DIRECTIONS
Monterey Bay Birding Festival is headquartered in the Community Rooms on the top floor of Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 95076. Enter through the parking entrance at the back of the building on Rodriguez Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets. 
From Highway 1, take exit #425, CA 129, onto Riverside Drive. Continue on Riverside Drive, cross the railroad tracks and turn left at the traffic lights onto Rodriguez Street. Enter the parking structure on your right, after 1st Street. Drive to the top floor. At the top floor, you will see the flags guiding you to the entrance of the festival.
From Highway 101, exit onto San Juan Road (G 11). Follow San Juan Road 9.3 miles, turn right onto Main Street. Cross the Pajaro River and turn left at 1st Street. Turn Right onto Rodriguez Street. Enter the parking structure on your right. Drive to the top floor. At the top floor, you will see the flags guiding you to the entrance of the festival.
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