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Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

2016 Special Festival Events


Friday, January 15         5:00-6:30 p.m.        Community Center

Evening ReceptionEnjoy wine and cheese and meet fellow birders in the Bird Festival Bazaar area. Browse through the vendor booths featuring binoculars and scopes, books and CDs, garden art, watercolors and nature photography, wood carvings, jewelry, clothing and more!


Saturday, January 16    7:00-8:30 P.M.        Morro Bay High School

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  John Marzluff -- Welcome to Subirdia

John MarzluffWe all know that human development is threatening our environment. Runoff pollutes our streams. Homes and businesses encroach on wilderness habitat. Energy use warms the planet. Too many species are in decline. And yet? for some of our most charismatic wild creatures, suburban and urban habitats offer surprising opportunities to thrive.

Our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity?holding more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. Welcome to Subirdia shows us how. 

John Marzluff, Ph.D., is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington.  He is a leading expert on corvids, but especially on the human-bird dynamic as these amazing birds adapt to?and thrive in?human communities. His emphasis on how people affect bird populations is reflected in his work on conservation and wildlife management. John is one of those gifted researchers who can also communicate what he has learned to general audiences of birders and others interested in nature.

In addition to authoring over 135 papers on birds and wildlife management, John's research has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, National Wildlife, Consumer Reports, Time, and Science.  PBS's NATURE featured his raven research in its production, "Ravens," and his crow research in the film documentary, "A Murder of Crows."  John is the author or co-author of a number of well-received books, including The Pinyon Jay (1992), In the Company of Crows (2005), Dog Days, Raven Nights (2011), Gifts of the Crow (2012), and the recent Welcome to Subirdia (2014).


Sunday, January 17        7:00-8:30 P.M.      Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay

Happy Anniversary, MBWBF!

20 years goes by pretty fast!  Join us Sunday evening to celebrate the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival's 20th anniversary with a brief program, refreshments, and old and new friends.

One of the secrets of the Festival's longevity is that lots of our volunteers and participants have joined us year after year to make everything fun and run smoothly. How many t-shirts do you have?  We know a few people who have them all!

Help us start our next 20 years on a good note.

"FUN FOR THE FAMILY" DAY:  Birding and More

Saturday, January 16    9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.   Follow the link to see the Family Day page for more information.