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Monterey Bay Birding Festival

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 275 Main St Watsonville CA 95076  See map

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival, home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America, is Sept. 13-16, 2012 in Watsonville.

From soaring Golden Eagles to effortlessly gliding California Condors, cheeky Bushtits to gorgeous Townsend’s Warblers, scampering Snowy Plovers to wheeling flocks of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters, few places can match the diversity of habitats as the Monterey Bay.

Highlighting the eighth annual festival will be “The Big Year” birder Greg Miller as the keynote speaker.

If you’re interested in birding or listing or traveling and stories behind the book, The Big Year, and the full motion picture by the same name—well, you will come to the right
place. It is Greg Miller’s hope to share his joy of birding with you. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get the birding bug, too.

September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, at sea, jaegers, shearwaters and alcids are all present in great numbers. There is no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or find a rarity.

The festival is designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn and appreciate world class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur and the Ventana Wildlife Society to witness the return of the California Condors. Join a pelagic trip by Shearwater Journeys to one of the world’s most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and more. Jump into a kayak and get closer to nature or take a scenic ride at Elkhorn Slough Safari. All field trips are led by top quality, friendly, experienced leaders who know where to see the birds.

Registration at www.montereybaybirding.org. For more information, call 831-726-8052.

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