The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is a yearly ecotourism event promoting an understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife and an awareness of environmental and conservation issues of the Central Coast, while contributing to the well-being of the Morro Bay community. Each year the Festival has grown to include more events and to attract more participants.


For the 2023 Festival, we are returning to a four-day event, starting on Friday, January 13 and concluding on Monday, January 17.  Our plan includes over 140 events that include field trips, presentations, master classes and special events. As you know, our Festival was canceled the past two years due to COVID concerns; we can assure you that for 2023 we will be adhering to all government guidelines and procedures to ensure the safety of all participants.


Exciting news for 2023 is that David Allen Sibley will be our featured guest, offering a Master Class, leading two field trips and delivering the Keynote Address on Saturday night plus book signings.  We are also scheduling two book signings for David.

Jon Dunn will be participating in the Festival as a field trip leader; Jon was the chief consultant for the first five editions of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America and co-authored the sixth and seventh editions.


Jennifer Ackerman

Jeanette Stone / September 17, 2023

Morro Bay Bird Festival


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