Road Closures but Good Weather!
If you are traveling to Morro Bay for the Winter Bird Festival we recommend using Hwy 46 from North 101 or Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo in the South. Currently Hwy 41 is closed due to mudslides and we cannot guarantee that it will be open during your travels. Both routes are safe and just as quick as Hwy 41. We are expecting the weather to be sunny and clear over the Winter Bird Festival weekend so come and enjoy the coast!
Don't forget to bring your rain boots. The sky is clear but the ground is wet!
Every Martin Luther King weekend over 500 California bird festival lovers visit Morro Bay, California, a Globally Important Bird Area, to see, photograph, and learn more about birds. Morro Bay is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, best of all, thousands of birds. Over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend.
Online registration for the 2017 Festival is closed. You can register in person at the desk in the Community Center starting Friday at 6 a.m.
New this year: Early check-in will be available from 3 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, January 12, at the Inn at Morro Bay. No registration or registration changes will be available; it's just a head start on your process. And fun! The Inn will offer specials for Festival attendees.
As always, the onsite Registration desk, check-in, trip starters, and the Bazaar (open to the public) will be located at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way.
Friday, January 13 - 5:00-6:30pm
For Bird Festival Registrants
Enjoy wine and cheese and meet fellow birders in the Bird Festival Bazaar area. Browse through the vendor booths featuring binoculars and scopes, books and CDs, garden art, watercolors and nature photography, wood carvings, jewelry, clothing and more!
Saturday, January 14, 7:00-8:30pm
Hummingbirds: Small Wonders
Tiny they may be, but hummingbirds know how to live large. Dazzling colors, "singing" feathers, huge brains, voracious appetites, pugnacious personalities, continent-spanning migrations, and sometimes scandalous sex lives are just a few of the qualities that have earned these miniature marvels a devoted following far beyond the birding community.
Sunday, January 15, 7:00-8:30pm
The Hummer with a Silver Bracelet -- Examining 25 Years of Hummingbird Banding
This program recounts more than two decades of studying hummingbirds in southeastern Arizona in one of the longest-running banding projects of its type. We'll see the evolution of banding techniques, see what has been learned during the project, what questions remain and discuss the future of banding. Along the way we will travel to Colombia and Ecuador to help with banding projects in the tropics.