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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 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.

February 2017
10-12      Fri – Sun        21st Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
16-19      Thur – Sun        38th Annual Klamath Falls Winter Wings Festival
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

March 2017
*18          Saturday     Santa Marguarita Wildflower Festival
*25-26    Sat-Sun   Wind Wolves Conservancy Spring Nature Festival – Maricopa

April 2017
19-25      Wed – Tues   22nd Annual Arcata Godwit Days Bird Festival
*22    Saturday     23rd Annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival             
*22-24  Fri – Sun     Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival        

May 2017
13     Saturday    International Migratory Bird Festival                              
*19-20   Fri – Sat   20th Stillwater Spring Wings Bird Festival – Fallon, NV

June 2017
*10       Saturday    8th Annual Tahoe  Bird Festival
*16-18    Fri – Sun    16th Annual Mono Lake Bird Chautaqua                         
*23-25   Fri-Sun      5th Annual San Francisco Bay Osprey Days                  

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
*23      Saturday       22nd Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival
(Their website date may not yet be updated)
[Chuck Almdale]

September 2016
17            Saturday      31st International Coastal Cleanup Day
23-25     Fri – Sun   12th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival    
24           Saturday       22nd Annual Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival
(Their website date may not yet be updated

October 2016
9-15       Sun – Sat   National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration 
22-23    Sat-Sun   CNPS Native Plant Sale
29   Saturday    Orange County Sea & Sage Book Sale & Pancake Breakfast 7:30-10:30am

November 2016
4-6        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
17-20    Thur – Sun   19th Annual Central Valley Birding Symposium

January 2017
12-15     Thur – Sun    Wings over Willcox, AZ
13-16     Fri – Mon      21st Annual Morro Bay Bird Festival
21           Fri – Sat         10th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival
25-29    Wed – Sun    19th Annual Chico Snow Goose Festival

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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