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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
"Flying By The Seat of Our Pants"
Free Virtual Festival Has Ended
Enjoy these unedited recorded presentations
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)
- Jonathan Slaght presents: Fish Owls
- John Muir Laws Presentation - Part 1
- John Muir Laws Presentation - Part 2
- Chris Cameron - Migration and Peregrines
- How Woodpeckers can save the World: Stephen Shunk presenter, 2020 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
- Dancing with the Grebes: Krisztina Scheef, presenter, 2020 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
- Birding the Globe with James Currie: James Currie, presenter, 2019 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
- The World's most amazing birds, Seabirds: Alvaro Jaramillo, presenter, 2019 Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival