"Where world-class birding meets small-town hospitality."

As a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and preserving the rich birdlife of Morro Bay and its surrounding habitats, we are committed to fostering a deeper connection between people and the natural world.

"Join us on a journey of discovery and education as we come together to enjoy our feathered friends and the environments they call home."

Upper Banner Photo credit: Bill Bouton (25+ year volunteer/bird festival leader)

Save The Date, January 16 - 20, 2025

The festival schedule will be available for viewing in September, 2024. Registration will open in early November with a "practice registration" available the week before. Exact Date/Time TBD

Early check-in will be available to registrants on January 15, 2025. Time TBD.

Why Morro Bay

Morro Bay and the surrounding area is an idea spot for avid birders.  Located on the Pacific Flyway, Morro Bay is a Globally Important Bird Area and a designated State and National Estuary.

Morro Coast Audubon Society ranks in the top five for the yearly Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  In most years, over 200 different bird species are spotted during the Festival.

What To Expect

Over 200 events

  • Field Trips
  • Boat/Kayak/Bicycle Trips
  • Presentations/Workshops
  • Master Classes
  • Special Events

All-day and half-day trips take participants to a wide variety of habitats, including deep water pelagic, oak woodland and riparian, wetland and estuary, and the unique grassland habitat of the Carrizo Plain.  Workshops cover a vast array of topics ranging from beginner birding classes to gull identification and a new workshop on bats.