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Calif. Bird Festivals

Bird festivals are fun. You meet other birders, visit new places, see their regular birds plus whatever rarities have dropped in, hear interesting presentations and discussions, admire – possibly buy – beautiful bird paintings and carvings, eat lunch and dinner with others, support their local economy and much more, not far from home. Make reservations in advance.  Events with dates marked with an asterisk (*) are probable, but not finalized.         [Last updated 11/16/17]

Most of these trips are listed on Nature Ali’s website (under construction 10/26/17).
Bird Watcher’s Digest’s USA-wide Bird Festival Finder.
National Wildlife Refuge System’s USA-wide Super Bird Fest page.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s world-wide Bird Festivals & Events page includes a map; most events are in the USA.
Please email us updates about your festival.

January 2018
11-14     Thur – Sun    Wings over Willcox, AZ
12-15     Fri – Mon      22nd Annual Morro Bay Bird Festival
20          Sat         11th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival
24-28    Wed – Sun   20th Annual Chico Snow Goose Festival

February 2018
9-11 Fri – Sun 22nd Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
15-18 Thur – Sun 39th Annual Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival
16-19 Fri-Mon Great Backyard Bird Count
*23-24 Fri – Sat 23rd Davis California Duck Days
21-25 Wed – Sun 22nd Annual San Diego Bay Bird Festival

March 2018
14-16 Wed-Fri Borrego Springs Desert Birding Festival
*24-25 Sat-Sun Wind Wolves Conservancy Spring Nature Festival – Maricopa

April 2018
18-24      Wed – Tues   22nd Annual Arcata Godwit Days Bird Festival
*21    Saturday     24th Annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival             
27-29  Fri – Sun     Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival        

May 2018
*12-13     Sat-Sun    International Migratory Bird Day                          
*18-19   Fri – Sat   20th Stillwater Spring Wings Bird Festival – Fallon, NV

June 2018
*24       Sunday    10th Annual Tahoe  Bird Festival
15-17    Fri – Sun    17th Annual Mono Lake Bird Chautaqua                         
*23-25   Fri-Sun      5th Annual San Francisco Bay Osprey Days                  

[Chuck Almdale]

[This stuff gets checked, changed and recycled, in case you’re wondering.]
July 2017
*29       Saturday      Sea & Sage Annual Evening Barbecue & Book Sale

August 2017
*13      Saturday      18th Annual Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration
*18-20    Fri – Sun    Grebe Festival, Chester, CA

September 2017
24      Sunday       22nd Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival
(Their website date may not yet be updated)

October 2017
9-15       Sun – Sat   National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration
14-15    Sat-Sun   CNPS Native Plant Sale
28   Saturday    Orange County Sea & Sage Book Sale & Pancake Breakfast 7:30-10:30am

November 2017
3-5        Fri – Sun      20th Annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival
11-13     Fri – Sun     California Swan Festival – Marysville
12          Sat   9-3pm  3rd Annual Bird Fest of the Santa Monica Mountains – King Gillette Ranch, Mulholland Drive, just east of Las Virgenes Rd.   Bird walks start at 8am. 805-370-2301
16-19    Thur – Sun   20th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

[Chuck Almdale]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2013 11:41 pm

    Thought you might want to let folks know about our 2nd Annual San Francisco Bay Osprey Days, June 27-29, 2014 with boat trips, luncheon scientific presentations, guided car and walking outings to see nesting osprey up close, sometimes overlooking their nests, a rare treat and of course “fish tacos” for lunch. Mostly free. Headquartered at Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. 707-249-9633


  2. April 2, 2012 3:11 am

    Point Reyes and Arcata look good for spring in California. The godwit days trips are filling up already and we just want to let folks know we have a new web page. Still godwitdays but now .org, no longer .com

    So check out

    Yours Rob Hewitt


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