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 7/29/16]
Most of these trips are listed on Nature Ali’s website.
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.
10-12 Fri – Sun 21st Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival http://www.sfbayflywayfestival.com/
16-19 Thur – Sun 38th Annual Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival http://www.winterwingsfest.org/
17-20 Fri-Mon Great Backyard Bird Count
24-25 Fri – Sat 22nd Davis California Duck Days
23-26 Thur – Sun 21st Annual San Diego Bay Bird Festival
*18 Saturday Santa Marguarita Wildflower Festival http://visitsantamargarita.com/
*25-26 Sat-Sun Wind Wolves Conservancy Spring Nature Festival – Maricopa
19-25 Wed – Tues 22nd Annual Arcata Godwit Days Bird Festival http://www.godwitdays.org/
*22 Saturday 23rd Annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival https://www.facebook.com/Audubon.KRP
*22-24 Fri – Sun Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/site/
*10 Saturday 8th Annual Tahoe Bird Festival http://www.tinsweb.org/lake-tahoe-bird-festival
*16-18 Fri – Sun 16th Annual Mono Lake Bird Chautaqua http://www.birdchautauqua.org/
*23-25 Fri-Sun 5th Annual San Francisco Bay Osprey Days http://www.mareislandpreserve.org
*29 Saturday Sea & Sage Annual Evening Barbecue & Book Sale http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/SpecialEvents/BBQ/SummerBBQ.html
*23 Saturday 22nd Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival
(Their website date may not yet be updated)
DATES NOW PAST
17 Saturday 31st International Coastal Cleanup Day http://www.healthebay.org/volunteer/calendar/coastal-cleanup-day
23-25 Fri – Sun 12th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival http://montereybaybirding.org/
24 Saturday 22nd Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival
(Their website date may not yet be updated https://www.facebook.com/Audubon.KRP/
9-15 Sun – Sat National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration https://www.fws.gov/refuges/news/VisitYourNationalWildlifeRefuges_09262011.html
22-23 Sat-Sun CNPS Native Plant Sale http://www.lasmmcnps.org/index.php/native-plants/annual-plant-sale
29 Saturday Orange County Sea & Sage Book Sale & Pancake Breakfast 7:30-10:30am http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org/SpecialEvents/PancakeBreakfast/PancakeBreakfast.html
4-6 Fri – Sun 20th Annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival http://www.cranefestival.com/
11-13 Fri – Sun California Swan Festival – Marysville http://www.caswanfestival.com/
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
17-20 Thur – Sun 19th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium http://www.cvbsreg.org/
12-15 Thur – Sun Wings over Willcox, AZ http://www.wingsoverwillcox.com/
13-16 Fri – Mon 21st Annual Morro Bay Bird Festival http://www.morrobaybirdfestival.org/
21 Fri – Sat 10th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/index.aspx?page=495
25-29 Wed – Sun 19th Annual Chico Snow Goose Festival http://www.snowgoosefestival.org/