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Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am

HolbrookLogoTealH   This trip into the Tijuana River Valley along the Mexican Border will explore fabled birding hotspots like Dairy Mart Pond, Border Field State Park, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the J Street Marina. Brought to you by Holbrook Travel

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 Black necked Stilts Imperial Beach small  This popular trip is a whirlwind tour of San Diego County's hottest birding spots with a goal to list over 100 species. Expect to bird in the foothills east of San Diego, inland wetlands, San Diego Bay, along the ocean and near the Mexican border.
 Kowa 450dpi 1 Leaders are Eitan Altman and Bill Thompson III.  Eitan Altman is a San Diego native who has been birding for over a decade. Bill is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and one of our special guests for 2018.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00
The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is the inland and upstream counterpart to San Diego's Coastal National Wildlife Refuges. The willow and oak riparian corridor of the Sweetwater River and its adjacent sage scrub, chaparral, and grasslands support year-round resident species and winter visitors. Be prepared to walk a minimum of 1 mile at the first stop and 0.75 miles for the second stop over uneven terrain. There will be time to rest between the two stops.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price Free

Hawk Alley  This field trip takes us to see the avian apex predators of several Southern California habitats. San Pasqual Valley is a cactus-dominated coastal sage scrub habitat bordered by agricultural lands. Dos Picos County Park is situated amidst rugged brush-covered slopes northeast of San Diego, supporting coast live oak woodland and chaparral vegetation on nearby slopes. The Santa Maria Valley is characterized by native grasslands that support a robust rodent population, which in turn attract a large number and variety of resident and wintering raptors. 
 Brought to you by Out of this World Optics  Leaders are Brennan Mulrooney and Fred Sproul. Brennan Mulrooney is a San Diego local who leads tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. Fred Sproul has lead Hawk Alley and Ramona bird trips for over 20 years.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $105.00
With so many SoCal near-endemic species being found near the coast, this trip will focus on finding everything with “California” in its name, along with our other SoCal specialties while trying to visit locations that other trips aren’t going to. The itinerary is somewhat flexible in order to appease the wishes of the participants and the possibility of searching for a rare vagrant or two. Depending on time and the participant's interests, we may visit rocky shorelines and coastal lagoons as well as inland locations.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $125.00

 TAMRON new logo blue  With over 150 different bird species that either live at Lake Hodges permanently, or just pass through, the lake is a nature photographers and bird watcher's dream. Especially lovely are the Western and Clark’s Grebes, and Eared Grebes. The Grebes breed on the lake in the winter months and courting (rushing) happens between November and early March. We hope to see a few “shows” or two.An easy walk (up to 3 miles) to the rushing area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. The day will concentrate on photography but is open to birders also.
Krisztina Scheeff is a wildlife and nature photographer who has spent months studying the Grebes on Lake Hodges. Her interest in photographing wildlife is to be able to share with others who may not otherwise get the opportunity. Ryan Rubino began an ongoing interest in birds and other wildlife at the age of 10 which led to the rearing of birds in aviculture for many years and the study of local birds. Since 2012 he has been developing his skills in wildlife photography as a way to stay connected to the natural world and further his knowledge and passion for wildlife.  Julie Zickefoose is a writer and artist, author of the heavily illustrated books Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.  GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 Swarovski Logo 60K 2x2.5  Join us aboard a large sportfishing boat for an excursion in the productive waters just off San Diego. Each trip will have a number of helpful, knowledgeable leaders who know the local area, and its seabirds and marine mammals. We will visit areas such as the 9-Mile Bank and the Coronado Escarpment, and will see birds not usually visible from shore. Each boat has roomy inside seating, a galley, and seating on deck. The boat and crews are well-versed in getting us into position to see our quarry.
   
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve encompasses some 4,000 acres, located within the City of San Diego. We will be entering the Preserve on the west end and hiking in about 1 mile and returning. The dirt trail is actually an old closed road. There are a couple of short hills otherwise the hike will be on flat ground. Restroom at the trailhead. Depending on the group interest and timing we may stop at a second nearby location to see if we can locate California Gnatcatchers.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
This presentation begins with a short film about the Birds of Southern Portugal, followed by a presentation with slides showing the key regions to visit, the main habitats and birds one can see ins this country. The focus will be on understanding why Portugal is a wonderful birding destination and in practical aspects, as for example when to visit, other wildlife, other fine points of interest and travel in Portugal. Questions and discussion is welcome.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 12:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free


Event Start Feb 23, 2018 1:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
Birding Ecotours is proud to present this workshop/talk whereby we look at the best states within the USA for birding. Despite the large number of states throughout the country, only a handful stick out above the rest in terms of their birding prowess: Florida, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and California. While many other states support some excellent birding (like Minnesota for example), the five above-mentioned states are the most famed, and rightly so. Join us as we take you through why these states are ‘ahead of the pack’ and some of the avian gems on offer!
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 2:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free
See the latest and greatest in photography equipment from Panasonic, and learn how it applies to brid photography.

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
You know the "little brown jobbers?" It is the name we give to the indistinctly marked small birds such as sparrows that we see everywhere we go. This workshop will help simplify the task of identifying LBJs for beginners and provide a nice review for more seasoned birders.  Sponsored by Opticron.

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $10.00
Gain tips, tricks and techniques that anyone can use. This presentation begins with photo fundamentals. Then it continues to show how these fundamentals apply to taking photos of perched and flying hummingbirds. And it includes over 100 photos as examples of what's possible. You'll enjoy this session, even if you have yet to own a camera. Bonus: you can use the ideas in this program to take better, more memorable photos of anything.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price $10.00
Owls are among the most mysterious and sought after families of birds in the world, but heading out in the dead of night to find them can be an intimidating challenge to undertake. Not to worry, join our owling workshop and let our expert guides from BRANT Nature Tours teach you the skills you need to know to make your next night out a night to remember! This event comprises of a classroom session followed by a field outing with a focus on teaching the most ethical and effective ways to find and experience owls in the wild. We welcome birders and photographers alike.

Though this workshop is free of charge, limited space is available. Only participants who have registered will be admitted.

Sponsored by BRANT Tours
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Owls are among the most mysterious and sought after families of birds in the world, but heading out in the dead of night to find them can be an intimidating challenge to undertake. Not to worry, join our owling workshop and let our expert guides from BRANT Nature Tours teach you the skills you need to know to make your next night out a night to remember! This event comprises of a classroom session followed by a field outing with a focus on teaching the most ethical and effective ways to find and experience owls in the wild. We welcome birders and photographers alike.

Though this workshop is free of charge, limited space is available. Only participants who have registered will be admitted.

Sponsored by BRANT Tours
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Individual Price Free
San Diego is home to thousands of parrots, with 13 parrot species that have been seen throughout Southern California. Three of which are known to be endangered in their native habitats. On this trip, we'll spend some time at a popular parrot roost, where we will see evening behaviors as the parrots wind down and prepare for bedtime. Here's an opportunity to practice your digiscoping and observe social behaviors of parrots.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
zicktexasscreech Why and how do baby songbirds develop so quickly, some launching into flight only 11 days after hatching? In 2002, Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day by day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, Julie would document the daily changes in 17 bird species from hatching to fledging. Baby Birds is the enchanting result, with more than 500 life studies that hop, crawl and flutter through its pages. In this talk, Julie shares her influences as well as her artistic process, a must-see for the aspiring natural history artist. Art and science blend in every Zickefoose pursuit, as the scientist’s relentless curiosity joins the artist’s quest for beauty. The work, wonder and fun of studying nestlings, including being foster mother to orphaned hummingbirds, chimney swifts and bluebirds, makes for an irresistible and highly inspirational presentation.

Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 9:00 pm
Individual Price $60.00
 

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San Diego, CA 92117
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