Dear Birding Friends,

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the board of our parent organization, Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS), has voted to cancel in-person events at the 2022 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival (MBWBF). As the conditions of the pandemic changed in San Luis Obispo County, the MBWBF Board struggled over the last couple days with strategies to continue the festival while keeping its participants and the Morro Bay community safe. This has been our overriding goal in addition to providing an amazing birding adventure in a lovely Central Coast location. This decision is incredibly difficult if not heartbreaking to say the least.

As a responsible mitigation, the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department encouraged the MBWBF Board to postpone until a later date. This is not as easily done with a birding festival of this size. With that in mind, we are pivoting to a completely free virtual event called the "Flying By The Seat of Our Pants" Bird Festival!  See schedule below.

All registration fees will be refunded. With over 600 registrants and over $100,000 in receipts, it will take some time to process. We will send you an email confirmation once your refund has been processed.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at The board of MBWBF has been planning this event for over two years, so the disappointment is real for all of us! We intend to return to wonderful bird-watching festivals in the coming years once this covid crisis is behind us.


Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival Board of Directors

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"Flying By The Seat of Our Pants"
Free Virtual Festival Has Ended

Enjoy these unedited recorded presentations

PresenterTitle of PresentationVideo Link
Mark MushkatBecoming a Better Birder - 45 tips in 45 minutes 45 tips in 45 minutes
Jessica GriffithsWhy Birds Flock Why Birds Flock
Kelly VandenhevelPWC Meet the RaptorsPWC and Meet the Raptor
Sarah KillingsworthAdvanced Bird Photography 1 & 2Advanced Photography
Steve BeissingerConserving the Black Rail Black Rail
Steve SchubertPeregrine Falcons of Morro Rock Peregrine Falcon
Brian SullivanCornell on the Cutting Edge of Bird Science Cutting Edge of Bird Science
John Muir LawsThe 7 Habits of Successful Happy Birders 1 & 27 Habits - Successful Happy Birders
Chris CameronHuman/Raptor Interactions through the Centuries Human and Raptor Interactions
John Muir LawsKeeping a Birders' Field Journal Bird Journal
Norm PillsburyBird Recording Bird Recordings
Tom & Peggy BurhennOwl Boxes - Why and How? Building and Info Owl Boxes
Benjamin Jacobs-SchwartzSea to Summit and Feathers to Flight - The Marvelous Hummingbird Part 1: Sea to Summit & World Tropics - Part 2: Feathers to Flight
Bob RevelBobolink - the New Way to Run a Bird Festival Bobolink
Kara HagedornSunshine's Story (red-tailed hawk) Sunshine's Story
Jessica GriffithsBirding by EarBirding by Ear
Steve SchubertCondor Recovery Program Condor Recovery Program
Mary WhitfieldMOTUS - Science is tracking birds and bats The Science of Tracking Birds and Bats
John Muir LawsBird Drawing Basics - Fast Sketching Bird Sketching, Parts 1 & 2
Heather HayesTracking the Long Billed Curlew Tracking the Long-billed Curlew
Claudia FreitasShorebirds Shorebirds

Please enjoy the following recorded keynote speaker presentations from previous bird festivals: (Hint for optimum viewing: open this webpage in your cell phones browser and "cast" to a nearby smart tv. Turn up the volume on your tv)