A must attend event for birders and nature lovers alike!
This year's festival celebrates the Year of the Bird, the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act, spring migration, and West Marin's unique biodiversity through educational engagement opportunities.
Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for our festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. In fact, the area was named the #1 birding hotspot in 2017, where over 54% of all North American bird species have been recorded.
Over the three day weekend over 400 attendees choose from 50+ educational field outings and classroom-based events focused on birds, wildlife, plants and marine life + hiking, biking, kayaking, art and field photography, and led by some of the Bay Area’s award-winning naturalists and birders. The festival is able to feature unique events open to a variety of ages and experience levels. Top events include field hikes featuring highlighting birds, raptors, birding-by-ear, birding-by-habitat, owling, wildflower and native grasses walks, and dragonflies experiences, marine mammal discoveries, tule elk excursions to the outer point, and wildlife photography. Additionally, the festival features Friday and Saturday evening programs with keynote speakers to for adults to meet, mingle, eat, drink and enjoy keynote presentations by top biologists and naturalists!
These events are geared to bring a broader awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the area to novice and expert birders/naturalists alike.Participants are primarily from Marin, Sonoma, and the greater Bay Area or California, but participants also come from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon), Rocky Mountains (Colorado), the Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Midwest (Illinois and Ohio), East Coast (New York), Hawaii, and even as far as Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.