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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
Steve Ritt has been guiding birders around San Diego and beyond since 2010, leads North American tours for Wildside Nature Tours, and is an independent biological consultant. From 2012-2014, he also coordinated the SD Christmas Bird Count. Foremost, he is passionate about environmental justice, and how socioeconomics impacts the birds and ecosystems we love so much.
Bill is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and one of our special guests for 2018.
Debbie Sturdivant was initiated into the world of travel at an early age, living aboard a 36-foot sailboat from age 9 to 18 with her family. They sailed from California to Florida and spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, Panama, and the Galápagos. Since then, she have been all over Latin America and developed a passion for nature and birding. She has been to 49 U.S. states but has yet to visit Hawaii — a place she can’t wait to get to. 
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Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 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 Phil Pryde and Julie Zickefoose.  Phil Pryde is a retired professor from San Diego State University. He has been leading birding trips and teaching bird identification for over 25 years. Julie is a birder, naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator, artist and poet. She is our Keynote Speaker for 2018.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00

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 Jeff Lincer and Luke Tiller. Luke Tiller is the tour committee chair for the Hawk Migration Association of North America. Dr. Lincer has worked on major raptor projects from Alaska to Africa. He has been involved in the Raptor Research Foundation for many years.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 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.   GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

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 22, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 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 22, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free

A basic workshop designed for the beginner or intermediate wild bird photographer. Topics will include equipment, techniques, camera settings, locations, reources and ethics. Use this program number to sign up for the workshop only.   La Jolla Gang
IMG 1694   Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He pens Backyard Bird Watching, a monthly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 11:15 am
Individual Price $20.00

A basic workshop designed for the beginner or intermediate wild bird photographer. Topics will include equipment, techniques, camera settings, locations, reources and ethics. Use this program number to sign up for the workshop and the field trip together.   La Jolla Gang
IMG 1694   Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He pens Backyard Bird Watching, a monthly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 2:30 am
Individual Price $80.00

Kevin McGowan introduces the diversity of shorebirds and points out the best ways to get started identifying them. We will concentrate on the three most important clues you can use for shorebird ID: shape, size, and behavior. The focus is on learning techniques you can use to identify shorebirds rather than emphasizing only key field marks for each species.   Kevin Mays Point Montezuma 19Apr09 jwm2406
   
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00

heron   Join a small group of beginning and intermediate birders for a short trip to Famosa Slough, a birdy, urban tidal wetland that was saved from development and restored by local citizens. If time permits, the group will also bird the San Diego river estuary.
   Jim Peugh sits on the San Diego Audubon Society Board of Directors as Conservation Chair, and is a leader in the effort to preserve Famosa Slough for future generations.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 heron3b sm langell  Have you ever noticed that a well-photographed image of birds in silhouette can often elicit as much or more emotion from your audience than images of most front-lit subjects? This fun, creativity-forward session will help you maximize your shooting day, add diversity to your portfolio, and create powerful emotion with your photography through silhouette, back-lit and rim-lit photography. We will cover what types of subjects work best in these lighting conditions, what to look for, how to apply the correct settings for silhouette photography, and how to utilize this very special light to shoot “on the dark side” with intense beauty and with technical mastery! 
Sign up for this number if you want to participate in the workshop without the field trip.
 Hunts logo  Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is passionate about creating emotionally evocative images of wildlife and about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association, has been published in numerous magazines, featured in a variety of art galleries, and is fondly revered by many for her quality work, upbeat, relaxed and nurturing teaching style.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free

 heron3b sm langell  Have you ever noticed that a well-photographed image of birds in silhouette can often elicit as much or more emotion from your audience than images of most front-lit subjects? This fun, creativity-forward session will help you maximize your shooting day, add diversity to your portfolio, and create powerful emotion with your photography through silhouette, back-lit and rim-lit photography. We will cover what types of subjects work best in these lighting conditions, what to look for, how to apply the correct settings for silhouette photography, and how to utilize this very special light to shoot “on the dark side” with intense beauty and with technical mastery! 
Sign up for this number if you want to participate in the workshop and the field trip.
 Hunts logo  Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is passionate about creating emotionally evocative images of wildlife and about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association, has been published in numerous magazines, featured in a variety of art galleries, and is fondly revered by many for her quality work, upbeat, relaxed and nurturing teaching style.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:30 pm
Individual Price $80.00


Lens Cloth logo 12 13 small    Are you ready for your first birding trip to the American Tropics? Join us as Jim Beckman, co-owner of Cheepers! Birding on a Budget, shares his experiences from co-leading over 50 birding tours to the Central American countries of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama and the South American countries of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Guyana. Gain insight about what to expect: the birds, birding guides, birding sites, lodges, food, transportation, weather, tipping, and preparation for the trip. Bring your questions, and Jim will do his best to answer them.
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Event Start Feb 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:00 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 22, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Join us for a brew, a glass of wine, or a soda pop and snacks. Swap stories and enjoy the exhibitors in the Bayview Room.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Pelagic trips can seems daunting: a moving vessel, distant dots zooming past; ID-ing anything seems hopeless. But whether this is your first pelagic trip or your fortieth, you can learn important ID skills and tricks of the trade before going on one of our famous pelagic trips that will make your trip more enjoyable and will give you a sense of what to look for to make those all-important identifications on your own. With Stan Walens.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 5:30 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 22, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
An evening of funny birding stories with Bill Thompson III.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price $25.00
 

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