The San Diego Audubon Society invites you to the 18th annual San Diego Bird Festival, being held at the Marina Village Conference Center. Festival headquarters, overlooking a picturesque marina, is just steps away from San Diego’s species-rich San Diego River estuary. From sea to desert to mountaintop, San Diego County has a lot of birding to offer, with more than 500 species. The birding area encompasses diverse habitats ranging from desert to mountains, shore to coastal wetlands, urban and suburban. We’ll even go birding by bicycle and kayak.
Friday's banquet keynote speaker will be James Currie, host of Nikon's Birding Adventures on NBC Sports Network. Long-time festival favorites such as social mixers, the keynoter banquet, and the Birding & Optics EXPO are returning in 2014.
The 2014 Bird Festival offers four pelagic trips. Swarovski Optik, SeaWorld San Diego, and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours are the pelagic trip sponsors. Pelagic birding maestro David Povey leads the trips and his co-leaders include some the best pelagic birders in the area. In addition to keynote speaker James Currie, who is the host of Nikon's Birding Adventures on NBC Sports Network, Denver Holt is a special festival guest. Denver is the founder and president of the Owl Research Institute, whose papers include Birds of North America and The Handbook of the Birds of the World. Currie will be a guest leader on two "Coastal Highlights" trips, and will be accompanied by a small film crew for Birding Adventures Television. Denver will host the Friday luncheon program on the identification and natural history of owls, as well as leading two "Night Owls" field trips and presenting an informative owl program for kids on Family Fun Day. The Festival will also include daily, free estuary walks, and Family Fun Day.
Sponsored by SDG&E, family-friendly activities include live bird presentations, a visit from Denver Holt the "owl-ologist," art activities facilitated by Family Adventures in Nature, kayak demos by Hobie, and a bird-calling workshop. All family events on Sunday are free with no pre-registration needed, although some field trips and workshops have limited availability. Families may sign up for these events in the registration room on the day of the event, on a first come, first serve basis.
Our exhibition area will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. daily, February 27th through March 2nd. Try out new binoculars, learn about the latest and greatest in gear, or find that special piece of art you've been looking for. A pre-registration mixer for festival attendees will be held in the EXPO area Wednesday, February 26th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Social mixers for ticketed festival attendees are held in the EXPO area from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, February 27th and Saturday, March 1st.
The 2014 San Diego Bird Festival will be held at the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, on Mission Bay. All field trips begin and end at Marina Village and all workshops are held at Marina Village break-out rooms near the Seaside Room. Signs will direct you to the registration and check-in area.
From Interstate 5:
Take the Sea World Drive exit. From Sea World Drive, take West Mission Bay Drive on your right. When you see the large green sign that says Quivira Road, get in the farthest left of the two left turn lanes. Turn left, go one very short block and turn left again. Drive about one-half mile and Marina Village will be on your right. Turn right into the parking lot when you see the sign for the office. Then, just look for the Bird Festival signs that will direct you to our registration area, classes and our Optics Fair.
From Interstate 8:
Take the West Mission Bay Drive exit to the right. You will be on Ingraham Street for a short distance from which you will take the next exit marked West Mission Bay Drive on your right. When you see the large green sign that says Quivira Road, get in the farthest left of the two turn lanes. Turn left, go one very short block and turn left again. Drive about one-half mile and Marina Village will be on your right. Turn right into the parking lot when you see the sign for the office. Then, just look for the Bird Festival signs that will direct you to our registration area, classes and our Optics Fair.
The Dana on Mission Bay (www.thedana.com) is the Festival's host hotel and the nearest hotel to Festival headquarters at the Marina Village Conference Center. It's an easy walk and free shuttles will run each morning to Marina Village. To reserve a room reservation directly with The Dana, call toll-free 1-800-445-3339 or locally 619-222-6440 and mention that you are with the Bird Festival. To register using discounted Festival/Assembly rates, visit www.sandiegoaudubon.org.
Campland on the Bay (www.campland.com, 1-800-422-9386 or locally 858-581-4260) is also close by and available RV hookups. Located at 2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, Campland is on the northeast side of Mission Bay Park overlooking the Kendall Frost Wildlife Preserve. Campland offers a 20% discount on any site to Bird Festival registrants. Campland is a 5-minute drive from Marina Village via Pacific Beach Dr. and Ingraham St. south to Quivira Basin.
Join the San Diego Audubon Society and Andiamo Travel for a 10-day, specially priced trip to bird all 1063 miles of the stunning and rugged Baja Peninsula, Mexico, with two boat excursions, one in Magdalena Bay and the other at Scammon's Lagoonto see the world famous "friendlies," female California Gray Whales and their young calves. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in Baja California Norte and Sur and adjacent waters. Several of these endemic species and unique plumage subspecies found nowhere else in the world. Target birds include Xantus's Hummingbird, Gray Thrasher, Belding's Yellowthroat, and Blue-footed Booby. The trip is sponsored by San Diego Audubon and operated by Andiamo Travel. Registrations are made through Andiamo Travel, not with San Diego Audubon. Visit www.andiamo-travel.com and click the Our Journeys tab, then Baja Peninsula and Birding, or call toll-free (800) 661-1325.
Extend your festival experience with a post-festival trip! Join San Diego Audubon and Andiamo Travel for a 4-day, specially priced trip to bird the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea, located along the Pacific Flyway, contains 5 distinct habitats: the sea, agricultural, wetlands, desert, and suburban. Imperial County attracts annually more than 400 species of birds. It has become an important staging and wintering area for migratory birds, and a permanent habitat for many species, some of them endangered. It is the "south in winter" for many species, breeding grounds for some and the northern limits for a few. This birder's paradise offers variety, rarities, and overwhelming numbers. The trip is sponsored by San Diego Audubon and operated by Andiamo Travel. Registrations are made through Andiamo Travel, not with San Diego Audubon. Visit www.andiamo-travel.com and click the Our Journeys tab, then Salton Sea and Birding, or call toll-free (800) 661-1325.