New this year: Saturday Art, Wine & Nibbles Reception

Saturday, January 19, 5:30-6:30pm – Community Center – Another opportunity to browse the exhibits with some wine and light snacks before heading over to the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos for James Currie’s keynote presentation. Sponsored by Out of This World Discount, Optics Swarovski, Optik North America Ltd. & Opticron LLC.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Friday, January 18, 2019 5:00-6:30pm

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!


James Currie

Keynote: James Currie

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm

Birding the globe

James takes you on a fantastic video journey around the world to see some of the planet's most sought-after and bizarre bird species. From North and South America to Australia and Africa the diversity of our birdlife is astounding. See strange breeding behaviors, first-time footage of rare species and some humorous insights into the exciting world of wildlife videography.

Alvaro Jaramillo

Keynote: Alvaro Jaramillo

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm

The World’s Most Amazing Birds – Seabirds, and why is California such a hotspot for them

This talk might as well be about aliens! A creature so foreign we have a hard time understanding. Imagine never touching land for 5 years, as some albatross do. Or think about flying thousands of feet up, crossing the oceans as you “surf” the pressure wave of a tropical storm as frigatebirds can do. How about to be able to identify your mate by the way they smell as many seabirds do?