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San Diego Bird Festival

Grebe photo by KS Nature Photography

Birding By Bike
This trip meets at Marina Village Conference Center, in the Courtyard area. Bikes are included. 

Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am -10:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

$50 for the long trips, $40 for the short trips. Bring your own bike and get a discount on the trip fee.

Daily Bike Rentals

Would you like to spend the afternoon experiencing the birds of Mission Bay from a bike? Bike rentals are available from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  (3:30 to 5:30 on Friday) They can be rented in the Registration area and picked up in the Exhibit Hall from Erik and Hannah Go Birding

$10 per person

Birding by Kayak
South Bay is a lovely spot where you can see many ducks, waders and shorebirds. But have you ever tried birding from a kayak? It is a great way to see the bay and its birds. Ocean Connectors is partnering with us to make this experience possible. This is a "meet-you-there" field trip. Meeting directions will be sent to participants after registration.

Thursday  8:00 -11:00 am, 
Friday  8:00 - 11:00 am
Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday 8:00 -11:00 am

$75 per person

Dancing with the Grebes

Join Photographer Krisztina Scheeff and Ranger Dave for a look at the amazing courtship behaviors of Western and Clark's Grebes...and other species that live around the lake.

Thursday, February 23  7:30 - 11 am
Friday, February 24  7:30 - 11 am
Saturday, February 25  7:30 - 11 am
Sunday, February 26  7:30 - 11 am


Tecolote Canyon

A local favorite! Centuries ago, the Kumeyaay Indians found food and shelter in Tecolote Canyon, a place that today is rich with history. It has been designated as a cartographic feature on area maps for nearly two centuries and was given the name tecolote, or owl, for the diminutive raptor that lives in this canyon. Though we are not promising owls, this location boasts a nice checklist of chaparral birds. 

Thursday, February 23 8:00 - 11:00 am with Anitra Kaye and Luke Safford
Friday, February 24  8:00 - 11:00 am with Anitra Kaye and tbd
Saturday, February 25  8:00 - 11:00 am with Anitra Kaye and Jonny Sperling
Sunday, February 26  8:00 - 11:00 am with Anitra Kaye and tbd


Famosa Slough

Famosa Slough is a conservation success story. Join the founders of the Friends of Famosa Slough to see the fruits of their labor...and for birding, of course.

Thursday, February 23 with Jim Peugh and Chip Clouse  8:30 - 11:30 am
Friday, February 24  with Jim Peugh and Chip Clouse  8:30 - 11:30 am
Saturday, February 25  with Jim Peugh and tbd  8:30 - 11:30 am
Sunday, February 26  with Jim Peugh, and Kevin and Dee Karlson 8:30 - 11:30 am


Guajome Regional Park

Guajome Regional Park Oceanside California is one of the premier birding areas in the northern portion of San Diego County. It features a riparian area with year-round stream, grassland, a lake, and lots of trees. Easy walking on flat terrain.

Thursday, February 23 8:00 am - 11:00 am with Steve Brad and Ron and Blanch Ramswick
Friday, February 24  8:00 am - 11:00 am with Steve Brad and Ron and Blanch Ramswick



Beginning Birding with Hank Ingersoll

Thursday Feb 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Friday Feb 24, 9 am - 12:30 pm

New to birding? Try this 2.5 hour birding walk on Vacation Island, followed by a class at Marina Village to review what was seen.


Silverwood Showcase with Phil Pryde and Nathan Goldberg
Thursday Feb 23 8:00 - 11:00 am
Silverwood Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve managed by San Diego Audubon Society. Come see this treasure-trove of coastal chaparral and riparian woodland birds.



Let's Explore iNaturalist!

Thursday, Feb 23 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
iNaturalist helps you learn about all of the plants, animals and insects you find. See what you can find with Pollinator Expert Dr. James Hung!


Be the Bird Mindfulness Workshop with Tammah Watts

Saturday Feb 25, 2023

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Not simply a walk in the park, Forest Bathing is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Join Tammah Watts for a meditative experience at the Anstine Audubon Preserve.


Photography Stroll and Gear Showcase with Fujifilm

Friday Feb 24, 2023   11:00 am - 12:30 pm  at Santee Lakes
Saturday Feb 25, 2023  3:00 - 4:30 at San Diego River (meet at Fujifilm booth in the Exhibit Hall)

Meet us in the Field, with Fujifilm & Micheli Oliver!

Join the Fujifilm Flock out in the field, with Photographer Micheli Oliver as she guides us on a fulfilled field excursion on a search to witness and create beautiful bird images in their natural habitats. Fujifilm Techs and gear will be available so you can ask questions and try the latest and greatest Fujifilm GFX/X Series cameras, long zooms lens and Fujinon binoculars.



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