Welcome to the Eleventh Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival Sept. 24-27, 2015

Registration Dates TBA
  • Lodging and Dining

    Lodging and Dining

  • Speakers


  • Sponsors


  • Field Trips

    Field Trips

Registration Closed

Registration Closed

Click Here to register for the 11th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival!
Read More
Field Trips and Water Adventures

Field Trips and Water Adventures

Join us on some fascinating trips and once in a lifetime opportunities!
Read More


Learn more about the amazing speakers we have lined up for this year!
Read More


Learn more about our sponsors and how you can become a sponsor of this event!
Read More

2015 Monterey Bay Birding Festival Dates Announced

Eleventh Annual
Monterey Bay Birding Festival

The 2015 Monterey Bay Birding Festival Dates are September 24th – 26th.  Registration dates will be announce on this page and on our Facebook Page.Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

Sold Out Trips!

Time is running out – Don’t miss your favorite trips!

Welcome to the 2015 Monterey Bay Birding Festival!!!

Welcome to the home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America— the eleventh annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.

World-Class Birding

From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend’s warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean’s surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region.

September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There’s no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.

Extraordinary Presenters

This year’s lineup of nightly speakers, fantastic field trips and practical workshops will be announced soon on this page and via out Facebook page.  Stay tuned…


We’re excited about the changes we’re making to the registration process. This year you’ll find the process simpler and easier to navigate. That goes for our lively website, too.

Mark your calendars! Registration for the 2014 MBBF opens on Monday, June 2 at 12:00 NOON (Pacific Daylight Time).

Thank you for visiting the festival website. We hope you are as thrilled about the fantastic field trips and dynamic speakers as we are! We look forward to having you join us for the 2014 Monterey Bay Birding Festival!

2014 Dates and Featured Speaker

Festival Dates:

 Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 2014

Keynote Speaker:  Kenn Kaufman

Come hear renown author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist Kenn Kaufman’s keynote presentation Saturday night, as he explores what the world look like from a bird’s point of view. We’re also excited to announce that Kenn and his wife, Kimberly, will co-lead a couple of festival field trips! Don’t miss on these incredible opportunities!

When he was a little kid, Kenn was obsessed with questions such as: How does it feel to be a bird? What does the world look like from a bird’s point of view? As he grew older, he put those questions aside as being too “unscientific.” Now, years later, he has circled back to those questions, armed with enough scientific knowledge to make a few guesses. Can we imagine what life is like for a bird? And even if we can’t be sure, is there value in trying to see the world from that viewpoint? This is a new program, based on a chapter from Kenn’s forthcoming book about bird migration.

Kenn_KaufmanA lifelong naturalist, Kenn Kaufman did not really focus on birds until the age of six, but since then he has tried to make up for lost time, pursuing birds in all fifty states and on all seven continents. Kenn is a field editor for Audubon magazine, and writes regular columns for both Bird Watcher’s Digest and Birder’s World magazines.

Most of his energy currently goes into book projects, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston. This series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, a field guide to advanced birding, and a regional guide to the nature of New England. In spring 2005, the series was expanded to include the first North American bird guide to be published in Spanish. Kenn’s other books include Lives of North American Birds, Kingbird Highway, and Flights Against the Sunset.

He has also written scores of magazine articles and columns on identification topics, and has taught identification workshops all over the United States and Canada. To learn more about the Kaufman Field Guide series visit www.kaufmanfieldguides.com.