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Welcome to the Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival Sept. 23-25, 2016

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Field Trips and Water Adventures

Field Trips and Water Adventures

Join us on some fascinating trips and once in a lifetime opportunities!
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

13 July, 2015                                       PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Receives a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

for Adopting Ethical Birding Guidelines

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Associations is the recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote ethical birding guidelines and bird conservation through its Monterey Bay Birding Festival that will be held in and around the Monterey Bay area from September 24th-26th, 2015.

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival has demonstrated a commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. The festival distributes its code of ethics to field trip leaders and attendees to provide guidance on how birders can achieve safe and gratifying birdwatching experiences without altering the ability of birds to behave naturally. Additionally, the event publishes its ethics online for a wide distribution.

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival offers a variety of birdwatching field trips that will connect participants to nature through the splendor of birds. By strengthening participants’ connections to nature, and by providing guidance on ethical birding and nature conservation, the Monterey Bay Birding Festival is serving as a model for other birding festivals and helping attendees become even stronger messengers for and supporters of conservation for birds and people.

Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation that presents ethical birding guidelines from around the world, and offers awards to birding festivals that demonstrate improved or superior ethics. The project has three goals: (1) increase awareness among birders of ethical birding guidelines, (2) increase the conservation contributions from America’s 47 million birdwatchers, and (3) encourage a practice of mindfulness among birders. To learn more, view past award recipients, and browse ethical birding guidelines, visit the website: www.mindfulbirding.org

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Brandon Breen                                            Marla Morrissey

mindfulbirding@gmail.com                     marlamorrissey@gmail.com

Ashland, Oregon                                         Ashland, Oregon

612-910-6502                                             805-801-4021

Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival

Welcome to the home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America— The Monterey Bay Birding Festival.World-Class Birding – located at the Watsonville Civic Plaza at 275 Main Street in Watsonville, California.

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 Field Trip Leaders, Presenters and Workshops

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival field trips leaders are all extraordinary birders who delight in sharing their love of birds and favorite birding venues with you. Each year we have a stellar line-up of evening presentations and daily workshops to augment your birding festival experience.

Sharing Your Love of Birds

Take advantage of this total immersion in all things birds with fellow bird enthusiasts from around the world. You’ll have lots of opportunities to share birding stories during field trips, workshops, the opening reception, and while perusing the Birders Marketplace.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!