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    `THE BIG YEAR BIRDER GREG MILLER KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT MONTEREY BAY BIRDING FESTIVAL Field trips, workshops, speakers on tap Sept. 13-16, 2012 WATSONVILLE, CA
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      `THE BIG YEAR' BIRDER GREG MILLER
      KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT MONTEREY BAY BIRDING FESTIVAL

      Field trips, workshops, speakers on tap Sept. 13-16, 2012

      WATSONVILLE, CA – Greg Miller can't remember when he started birding because he was too you. He doesn't remember getting his first pair of binoculars or his first birding trip with his father. That was over 50 years ago and he hasn't stopped birding since.

      In 1998, he zigzagged across the continent to try to see as many species of birds in one calendar year as possible. It was an incredible experience passing the 700-species mark was an achievement many birders aspire to in an entire lifetime. But there was competition. Two other birders, Sandy Komito and Al Levantin, also doing Big Years the same year broke the 700-mark, too. There competitive quests are documented in the book, "The Big Year", by Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Obmascik, and the full-feature motion picture inspired by the book.

      Greg Miller loves to get outside and find birds, and he'll share his birding experiences as the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.

      This year's event is Sept. 13-16, headquartered at the Watsonville Civic Plaza.

      The festival will feature world class birding speakers, workshops and field trip outings from Big Sur to San Mateo County.

      From California Condors to Black-footed Albatrosses, Lawrence's Goldfinches to Ashy Storm-Petrels— we have all the birds! Where else in the country could you look for Wrentits, Clark's Grebes, White-tailed Kites, Nuttall's Woodpeckers, Yellow-billed Magpies, Snowy Plovers, California Thrashers, or California Towhees, just to name a few?

      Designed for birders of all levels, 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, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Pinnacles National Monument. There are outings in the mountains, shoreline, chaparral, sloughs and grasslands and pelagic trips on Monterey Bay.

      Registration for each birding event is offered a la carte, so participants can mix and match outings according to interests. Online registration and selection of activities is now available on the Monterey Bay Birding Festival's website at www.montereybaybirding.org.

      For more information, call 831 726-8052 or email montereybaybirding@...

      Dave Brockmann
      Festival Coordinator
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