Pinnacles, Big Sur, Boat Trips Set For Monterey Bay Birding Festival Watsonville (Aug 1, 2006) – An incredible diversity of birds await birders for theMessage 1 of 3 , Aug 6, 2006View SourcePinnacles, Big Sur, Boat Trips Set For Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Watsonville (Aug 1, 2006) An incredible diversity of birds await
birders for the second annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival on Sept.
Highlights of the three-day event include field trips to Pinnacles,
Big Sur, the North Coast of Santa Cruz, boat trips on Monterey Bay,
talks by renowned avian biologists and workshops.
The field trips range from the far corners of the Santa Cruz,
Monterey and San Benito county areas, with the majority focusing on
the heart of Monterey Bay, such as Elkhorn Slough and the Pajaro
Valley. All field trips will depart from the Festival headquarters
at Red Roof Inn, 1620 W. Beach Street, Watsonville.
The evening presentations will focus on bird migration and local
bird populations led by Jeff Davis and David Suddjian. Daytime
lectures include workshops on birds of prey and shorebirds, both of
which occur in abundance in the region. Unique photos of local
birds will be featured in each presentation.
Targeted to beginners and experts alike, most of the trips range in
price from $10-$20, with the higher fee for a full-day outing. Each
trip is led by a local birding expert familiar with the area and
experienced in nature outings. Groups are limited to no more than 20
people per leader to insure a quality outing. Evening lectures and
day-time workshops only cost $5. Participants can sign up for as
many or as few outings as interests them.
For the more adventurous, some spectacular special outings are being
offered. Shearwater Journeys will be taking birders on an ocean
voyage seeking seabirds, true denizens of the open ocean that can't
be found from land. Whales and dolphins are expected to be seen as
well. Kayak Connection and Slough Safari are also offering special
birding tours to allow for a birds-eye view of Elkhorn Slough not
normally available to the novice.
Advance e-tickets are now available at www.montereybaybirding.org.
The ClicknPrint Tickets service not only offers convenient on-line
purchasing and print-at-home, eTicket delivery, it also allows
ticket buyers to reprint lost or damaged tickets and to securely
transfer tickets to others via e-mail.
Organized by partnerships of local businesses, the Pajaro Valley
Chamber of Commerce, the City of Watsonville, the Santa Cruz County
Conference and Visitors Council, local non-profit agencies, and
dedicated volunteers, the event coordinators have been meeting since
last December to build on and improve the 2005 inaugural effort.
For complete Festival information, go to www.montereybaybirding.org
for registration, schedule of events, description of field trips,
and featured speakers, or call 831 763-5600.
Enjoy Wonders of Birding at Monterey Bay Birding Festival Come join us for the 2006 Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Sept. 22-23-24. Whether you re a beginner orMessage 1 of 3 , Sep 11, 2006View SourceEnjoy Wonders of Birding at Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Come join us for the 2006 Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Sept. 22-23-24.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced birder, a local resident
or visiting from afar, you'll discover new places and new birds, and
have the opportunity to revisit favorite spots here, along the
spectacular Central Coast of California.
The Birding Festival has something to offer everyone. Individual trip
leaders are skilled and knowledgeable in finding birds and helping you
see them and learn more about them. In fact, we think so highly of our
leaders we consider them the second most important reason you should
join us in our outings.
The first reason, of course, is the birds themselves. The Pajaro Valley
and the Monterey Bay region are home to an incredible diversity of
habitats and bird species. Over 600 species of birds have been found in
California, and the vast majority of these species can be seen in our
Fall is perhaps the best time in the Monterey Bay area to enjoy this
diversity. Shorebirds are still arriving. Some will stay here for the
winter. Some are passing through from their Alaskan nesting grounds en
route to Mexico or South America. Offshore, seabirds are converging.
Land birds, too, are at the peak of their southward migration. This
annual movement of birds supplements our resident population and creates
the wonderful diversity of avifauna in our own backyard.
To introduce you to this incredible natural world, we have assembled
leaders and speakers of unmatched skill, experience, and passion for
birds. Among them are experts such as Alvaro Jaramillo, author of The
Field Guide to Birds of Chile, among several other publications, and a
leader of not only local trips but of outings all over the world. Debi
Shearwater brings over 30 years experience leading internationally
renowned trips on the waters of Monterey Bay itself. No one in the world
can match her knowledge of our local seabirds. Todd Newberry, author of
The Ardent Birder, will share his insightful observations and experience
by leading several field trips. Scott Terrill, primary author of The
Audubon Master Guide to birding, will be leading a local trip to the
sloughs of Watsonville.
Our leaders include several authors of birding books, nine compilers of
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, at least eleven leaders of tours
conducted by National Tour Companies, former and current presidents of
bird clubs and Audubon chapters, authors of dozens of scientific
articles on birds, and leaders of literally thousands of bird outings
But most of all, our leaders are known for their skill in sharing their
knowledge, and in sharing the joy and beauty of the natural world. Come
join them, and share their knowledge and enjoy the wonder of birding
during our Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
For advance registration, go to www.montereybaybirding.org
<http://www.montereybaybirding.org> or for information call 831
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