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Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am.
A 2 hour guided nature hike in the Anza Borrego desert (birds, plants, reptiles, endangered bighorn sheep, Native American artifacts, mammals, geology), followed by a visit to the Anza-Borrego interpretive nature center to browse the natural history exhibits, Native American pottery and enjoy two facinating 15-minute films starring bighorn sheep, mountain lion tagging and the seasons and geology of the Anza Borrego desert.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 5:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00

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 24, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 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 Julie Zickefoose and Raymond VanBuskirk. Julie Zickefoose is author and illustrator of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. Awakening readers to the astonishing things birds think and do is her job. She writes and paints from Indigo Hill, an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Raymond VanBuskirk is a passionate environmentalist, vegan and hipster birder whose love for nature was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. He is the former president of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and is an owner and guide for BRANT Nature Tours.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00
Join award winning photographer Paul Bannick and local birder John Bruin at several local birding hotspots. In particular, we'll practise photographing burrowing owls and waterfowl. Paul will share insights about how to capture stunning photos and we'll take some time trying new techniques.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price $80.00
San Diego County's mountains provide diverse birding environments, consisting of mixed oak and conifer forests interspersed with expanses of grassland and chaparral from 4,000 to just over 6,000 feet in elevation. Bring adequate clothing for cold temperatures and footwear for walking in several inches of snow (it could happen). Expect trail hiking up to 2 miles over fairly level, wooded terrain.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price $125.00
This trip will head inland to the mountains and foothills to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the county that other trips will not visit. Many birds that are confined to oak and pine ecosystems will be sought after, and we'll leave some time to target other birds that participants often wish to see.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 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. A 1.5 mile easy walk to the area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. Bring your cameras, since many of these birds we may be able to observe quite closely.
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.   GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, and adjacent to the extensive native coastal sage scrub habitat of Mission Trails Regional Park, Lake Murray offers easy access to a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. In addition to sage scrub specialties such as California Gnatcatcher, Thrasher, Quail and Towhee, this is on of the easiest spots to tick the now "countable" Scaly-bresasted Munia.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00

La Jolla waves_Ernie Cowan  Rock jetties, breakwaters and natural rocky cliffs, some of San Diego's most spectacular coastal scenery, are inhabited by a select and fascinating variety of birds. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. This trip features easy walking.
 La Jolla  Leaders are Stan Walens and Joao Jara. Stan Walens has spent over three decades studying the ocean off La Jolla, amassing an extensive knowledge of San Diego's rich seabird life. João Jara was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and has more than 30 years of field experience. João has led many field tours in Portugal, Spain and abroad, for his own birding tours company, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, which he launched in 2008. This is the fourth year João is attending the San Diego Bird Festival and co-leading festival field trips.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 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 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00
Spend the morning birding at the world fmous San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park. The Zoo is 100 acres in size and houses over 4,000 animals comprised of more than 800 species from the forests and jungles of the world. The Zoo has an impressive collection of birds, featuring three large, beautifully landscaped walk-in aviaries as well as many smaller enclosures for birds. Experience a world-class showcase of exotic birds and rarities that you might never have a chance to see in the wild, as well as a variety of native, migrant and seasonal resident birds. Zoo Admission included.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Balboa Park is a unique urban park, an oasis for wildlife within the city landscape. Phil Unitt of th eSan Diego Natural History Museum will take this small group for some birding in the park, and then for a behind the scenes peek at the museum's avian collection, including a fascinating demonstration of a bird skin preparation. Admission to the Nat is included.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 San Diego Coastal Wildlife Refuges are located at the south end of San Diego Bay and near the border with Mexico. During the winter season, a diverse variety of land and water birds can be observed at th eprotected areas south of San Diego Bay and the Tijuana Slough NWR. This trip includes "behind the gates" access to the "Salt Works" in South San Diego Bay, and to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The trip includes a stop at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and surrounding trails wherein most years we have been very successful locating the endangered Light-footed Ridgway's Rail. Though the trip is free, seating is limited and registration is required. SnowyEgretKSNPBirdFestivalProgram 
   Brought to you by San Diego's Urban Wildlife Refuges.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, and adjacent to the extensive native coastal sage scrub habitat of Mission Trails Regional Park, Lake Murray offers easy access to a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. In addition to sage scrub specialties such as California Gnatcatcher, Thrasher, Quail and Towhee, this is on of the easiest spots to tick the now "countable" Scaly-bresasted Munia.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
Our popular kayak trip returns! Join Jim Peugh, a frequent kayaker on our bays, as he takes a small group to visit the edges of salt marshes and open water areas to get close-up views of bird life. Shorebirds, herons, and other species await as we enter their habitat in a truly special manner. If you have ever wanted to try kayaking, this trip is for you! Participants will receive training. Tandem kayaks are provided. As with any boating activity, you may get wet. For comfort, bring along a dry change of clothing.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $60.00
Join local guides to explore further up the San Diego River to see a wider variety of birds including Osprey, Belted Kingfisher and possibly even Ridgeway Rail. The walk may be broken up into groups wishing to stay closer to Marina Village and others wishing to venture further up river. All levels of birders are welcome.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 9:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Learn about the latest and greatest in optics gear from Out of this World Optics.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 10:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Bird and wildlife photography is no longer the exlusive domain of the well-equipped DSLR/long lens photographer. With today's Point and Shoot cameras, behind a spotting scope, or the superzoom bridge cameras on their own, it is possible---and easy---to bring back satisfying images of the birds and wildlife you observe.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 10:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Are you camera-curious? Learn about the gear you need to branch from birding into photo-birding.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price Free
This wonderful country is home to some of the world’s most unusual wildlife. Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island, often referred to as the “Eighth Continent”, and it offers unparalleled endemism. With over 100 true endemic birds and five endemic bird families, over 130 species of lemurs and two-thirds of the world's chameleons, a trip to Madagascar is sure to add species to your life list. Join Jim Beckman as he shares his experiences in this amazing country.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free
The mass migration of diurnal raptors must rate as one of the most magical spectacles in birding and draws its own special brand of devotees. Join professional hawkwatcher Luke Tiller for a virtual tour of the best places to witness raptors and raptor migration from California to Israel via Panama, Mexico and beyond. His talk will touch on the places to visit, the majesty of raptor migration and how to get the best out of the hawkwatching experience, all illustrated by a collection of his stunning raptor photos.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00
A photographic presentation with an emphasis on why the Iberia Peninsula is such a special region in Europe and in the world, from the birds and wildlife point of view. Other than nature, there are also numerous other interesting facets to explore in this fascinating region. We'll also talk about some of the practical aspects, should you plan a visit.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 2:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Each day local guides will take small groups to walk from Marina Village to the nearby San Diego River to see the variety of gulls, terns, pelicans, sandpipers and ducks who visit the estuary. All levels of birders welcome.

Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price Free

Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
 It is our last evening together. Join us for food, drinks and fun. Make your final bids on silent auction items and be sure to visit with our exhibitors.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Raptors are beautiful creatures and have captured the human imagination for thousands of years. They have been feared, revered, persecuted, saved from extinction, and recognized as “environmental indicators.” These predators are incredibly variable in their ecology, behavior and appearance but they can be relatively easy to identify (even at a distance) once you know what to look for. Identifying a raptor in the field is part a practiced discipline and part a deductive process that often relies on several clues provided by shape, movement, behavior and, sometimes, plumage; color, unlike with many other avian bird groups, is of substantially less value in raptor identification. Knowing how to approach raptor identification can be stimulating and satisfying and, with practice, can be approached with a greater level of certainty.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
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 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Award winning photographer Paul Bannick presents a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and images from his book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Audiences will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price $25.00
 

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

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