Every Martin Luther King weekend over 450 (over 600 in 2014!) birders 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 -- 204 species in 2014.

Online registration for the 2017 Festival will open 8 a.m., November 5th, 2016.  We will provide access to a practice version of registration system about 2 weeks in advance (this practice will NOT sign you up for events!).  Sign up for email if you haven't already to get updates.

As always, the onsite Registration desk, check-in, trip starters, and the Bazaar will be located at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way.

Opening Reception

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!

Sheri Williamson

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.

Tom Wood

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.