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    Sep 12, 2009
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      Last-minute Monterey Bay Birding Festival Registration Under Way

      WATSONVILLE, CA – Watching the release of a juvenile California Condor, sightings of Monterey Bay's incredible variety of sealife and birdlife, and learning about North, South and Central America birding await birders at the fifth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Sept. 24-27, 2009.

      The monumental juvenile release is the latest addition to the 22 California Condors flying free at Pinnacles National Monument. Birders on pelagic trips on Monterey Bay will likely see Pink-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, just to name a few possibilities. To illustrate the festival's theme "Bridging the Americas" evening presentations will be hosted by birding experts and researchers from North, South and Central America. Al Jamarillo, staff guide for Field Guides, will deliver the keynote presentation "Globalization of Birding" Saturday evening.

      Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur and the Ventana Wildlife Society to witness the return of the California Condors. Jump into a kayak and get a closer to nature. All field trips are lead by top quality, friendly leaders.

      Another important aspect of the festival is the three-day Vendor's Faire bringing together artists, craft persons, businesses and organizations specializing in nature and wildlife, birding, photography, optics and nature-tourism. The Community Room in the Civic Plaza building will be the area set aside for the Vendor's Fair and is open to the public. Hours are Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, Noon to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

      Last-minute registration is now under way. Go to www.montereybaybirding.org for the full festival schedule, description of events, other information and to purchase online ticketing.

      Dave Brockmann
      Monterey Bay Birding Festival
      Watsonville, CA