San Diego Bird Festival Open Programs
as of 1/20/18
Updated weekly until the festival opens.

Wednesday 2/21
Exhibit hall open from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   No registration necessary!

Thursday 2/22
T10 Shooting on the Dark Side (classroom portion)
T10a Shooting on the Dark Side (classroom plus field)
T15 Nature Photography with Swarovski Optik
Exhibit hall open 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm No registration necessary!

Friday 2/23
F06 Dancing with Grebes (photographers and artists)
F07 Pelagic Trip
F08 Nature Photography with Swarovski Optik
F09A Sensor Cleaning Demystified
F10 Southeastern Arizona Birding Festival with Tucson Audubon
F12 The Birds of Southern Portugal
F13 Wintering Gulls and other Advanced ID
F16 Advances in Mirrorless Cameras for Bird Photography
F21 Keynote Dinner with Julie Zickefoose
Exhibit hall open 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, no registration necessary! 

Saturday 2/24
Sa01 Life in the Anza Borrego Desert ONE SEAT LEFT!
Sa03A San Diego Top 10 Target Birds
Sa04 Photography with Paul Bannick: Owls and Waterfowl ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT!
Sa09 Rocky Shores ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT!
Sa10 Pelagic Trip
Sa11 San Diego Zoo
Sa12 Balboa Park and the Natural History Museum ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT!
Sa16 Optics Show and Tell
Sa17 Wildlife Photography with Point and Shoot Cameras
Sa18 Photography gear Show and Tell
Sa19 Madagascar ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!
Sa20 River of Raptors: Hawkwatching ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT!
Sa23 Easy Digiscoping with Zeiss
Sa24 Thank You Mixer
Sa26 California Young Birders program and social
Exhibit hall open noon to 7:00 pm, no registration necessary!

Sunday 2/25
Su03 Photography with Paul Bannick: Feeders at Silverwood
Su06 Pelagic Trip
Su11 Experiencing Nature with a Camera
Su13A Take the Lab into the Field Sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology NEW
Su14 7 Fold Path to Better Birding---now in a bigger room!
Su16 Best Tree Care Practices for Nesting Birds
Su18 Birds and Bugs with Zovargo
Su19A Lives of North American Owls with Paul Bannick JUST ADDED!
Su20 Birds and Music with Bill Thompson III---now in a bigger room!
Exhibit hall open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, no registration necessary!

  • Printable 2018 Bird Festival Brochure [PDF]
  • Printable 2018 Registration Worksheet/Mail-in Registration Form [PDF]
  • Complete list of sightings from 2017 Festival [PDF]
  • 2018 Silent Auction Donor Form [PDF]
  • 2018 California Young Birders Scholarship Form [PDF]
  • A listing of our Ethical Birding Guidelines
Hosted by San Diego Audubon Society
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Heermann's Gull Level $3500+ 
 Swarovski OpticsFish and Wildlife ServicesNational Wildlife Refuge Services

Red-shouldered Hawk Level $1500-$3499
Bird Watcher's Digest

Rhinoceros Auklet $1000-$1499
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Out of This World
Eagle Optics

Ridgway's Rail $500-$999
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Hunt's Photo and Video 
BRANT Nature Tours
Cheepers! Birding on a Budget
Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

California Gnatcatcher $250-$499
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Wrentit up to $249

Marcy Gray 


Bird Festival Sponsors

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.