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.
Again this year: Early check-in will be available from 3 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018, 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 12 - 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 13, 7:00-8:30pm
"My Ornithologist": The Unique Life of the Birder
Being a birder is hard work. Sure, we see lots of beautiful things, many amazing places and are afforded a unique perspective through our favorite past-time. But as birders we are also the subject of curiosity and bewilderment among much of the rest of society. And when people ask us what we like about birding we struggle to answer, because really what's not to like? George will explore the idea of being a birder in a largely non-birding world, and discuss the unique space our subculture occupies within American society.
Sunday, January 14, 7:00-8:30pm
Drawn to the Sea: The Lives of Seabirds and Those that Pursue Them
While the majority of the earth is covered by oceans, the lives of the birds that inhabit those waters still hold a number of mysteries that science is only just starting to unravel. Many seabirds come ashore only to breed and then spend the majority of their lives ranging around the world’s oceans; some of which travel incredible distances during foraging trips and migratory movements. Remote breeding locations and unpredictable distributions at sea make seabirds a challenge for birders to find without investing significant time and travel to get to the places where these enigmatic birds live. If your goal is to have a competitively large life list, it is tough to do so without spending a lot of time on boats pursuing seabirds.