Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
January 13, 2023 – January 16, 2023
The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is a yearly 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.
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.
The 2023 the festival will have over 160 events including field trips, workshops, presentations, master classes, and 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.
A number of the events are geared toward birders who are also photographers. Birders of all levels are welcome, and the schedule identifies programs especially appropriate for beginners or children, as well as programs that are wheelchair accessible.
The headquarters for the festival is located at the Morro Bay Community Center at 1001 Kennedy Way. Maps to venues and meeting places will be provided on our website.