Registration Will Open in November 

Check back here in late October to see the scheduled events and begin to plan your visit.  See you then!

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 2018 Festival is closed will open in early November 2017.  Please check back late September for details.

Inn at Morro Bay

Inn at Morro Bay

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 if all goes according to plan. 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.

Opening Reception

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!

George Armistead

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 keynote TBD

Sunday, January 14,  7:00-8:30pm