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.

Inn at Morro Bay

Inn at Morro Bay

Early check-in will be available from 3 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019, 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.

Opening Reception

2019 Reception
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 Keynote: James Currie

James Currie will speak on Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm


Sunday Keynote: Alvaro Jaramillo

Alvaro Jaramillo will return to the festival to speak on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm