Bird Festival General Information

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How do I register?
Online. We prefer you register online. Secure registration is available online at You may find it useful to do your planning first by using the Registration Worksheet posted here or in the center of the brochure.There is a registration fee of $10 per person.

By Mail. If you are unable to register online, you may register by mail using the worksheet insert found in the center of the festival brochure. Please add $10 per person for processing if mailing in your registration. Please note that many field trips will fill by November 1, 2016. If you decide to use the mail in option, consider registering as early as possible. The deadline for mail-in registrations is January 1, 2017.

Drop in. While online registration is the preferred method of registration, you may register for any available event at the festival registration/check-in table. Please note that most trips fill quickly, but there is usually space in our workshops.

Standby. The online registration system will indicate the number of remaining openings for each event. Once an event is full, you can request that you be placed on a waiting list by emailing If demand for a particular trip is high and quality leaders are available, additional sections may be opened. Cancellations are rare. The best way to ensure you get into a field trip you desire is to register early.

I’m having trouble with registration. Who can help?
Please call Jen Hajj at (801)671-9505. Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Pacific Time.

Where is the Festival Site?
The 2017 San Diego Bird Festival will take place in the Baja Room at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay: 1936 Quivira Way. All field trips will depart and return from Marina Village, and workshops will take place in breakout rooms adjacent to the Baja Room.

How do I get around?
The Festival does not provide shuttle service between the airport and hotels. The Dana Hotel provides a shuttle service to Marina Village each morning, and can be called for return trips to the Dana from Marina Village. The Festival provides transportation for all field trips.

Where do I stay?
The Dana Resort on Mission Bay
 is our official Festival hotel. The Dana is a ½ mile walk from Festival headquarters. Shuttles to the Festival are available in the mornings, and the hotel may be contacted to transport festival goers from Marina Village to the Dana at any time. To reserve a room directly with The Dana, call  800-445-3339 and reference “San Diego Bird Festival 2017."The Dana is unable to book reservations online at this time.

What about camping?
Campland on the Bay ( is a 5-minute drive from Festival headquarters and has RV hookups. Located at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive, on the northeast side of Mission Bay overlooking Kendall Frost Preserve. Contact by phone at (800)422-9386

Where do I eat?
Plan to have breakfast with us. Breakfast is provided to all registered Festival participants, in the Baja Room Atrium. Some field trips and workshops have lunch included in the registration. This will be noted in the description of the event if it is included. Pre-ordered lunches will be available for pick-up in the Baja Room each morning. Ordering information will be available on the Festival website. Appetizers will be provided at the evening mixers, and our Banquet event is a fancy dinner at the Dana Resort. San Diego is known for its craft brews, seafood, and quirky establishments. We hope you’ll discover something new.

Can I check in early?
We sincerely hope you do! The Baja Room will open for festival check in at 4:00 pm Feb 22, 2017. Stay for the free mixer and program that evening.

As most field trips start early, we recommend you check in at the Registration/Check In desk the day before your scheduled event. If you are unable to come the day before, try to arrive 30 minutes before the expected start time of your first scheduled event. Banquet check in will take place at the Dana Resort.

What if it rains?
Though San Diego tends to be well known for its sun, rain occasionally happens in the spring. All trips are rain or shine. Please dress accordingly, and be prepared for wet weather. Trips will be cancelled only under the circumstances that weather events have rendered the trip unsafe (e.g. flooded roads, lightning strikes, choppy seas) and alternatives are not possible.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?
If you are unable to attend an event for which you have registered, email Jen Hajj at to cancel before February 5, 2017 to receive a full refund. Cancellations after February 5, 2017 are not eligible for refunds except in the case of a documented personal emergency. The $10 per person registration fee is non-refundable.

The Festival reserves the right to cancel any Festival activity. If we must cancel a Festival event, registered attendees for that event will be notified via email. Attendees will be offered the following options:

  • register for substitute activities of the same value
  • donate registration fee to SDAS programs
  • full refund (allow up to 4 weeks processing)

How do I contact San Diego Bird Festival?
Mailing Address: 4010 Morena Blvd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92117
General Information: (858)273-7800  Please do not call this number with registration questions.
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  • Complete list of sightings from 2016 Festival [PDF]
  • Printable 2017 Bird Festival Brochure [PDF]
  • Printable 2017 Registration Worksheet/Mail-in Registration Form [PDF] 
  • Adult Release Form [PDF] (Available Jan 1, 2017)
  • Parental Release Form [PDF] (Available Jan 1, 2017)
  • 2017 Silent Auction Donor Form [PDF]
  • A listing of our Ethical Birding Guidelines
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Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

Our office is staffed by volunteer receptionists. Please call (858) 273-7800 before planning your visit to ensure someone will be there to assist you.