Free Programs

These programs are free with your registration. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is strongly suggested.

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1) See what you want to do  2) Make note of your desired activities on the printable worksheet 3) Go to the registration site to register.



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
This presentation begins with a short film about the Birds of Southern Portugal, followed by a presentation with slides showing the key regions to visit, the main habitats and birds one can see ins this country. The focus will be on understanding why Portugal is a wonderful birding destination and in practical aspects, as for example when to visit, other wildlife, other fine points of interest and travel in Portugal. Questions and discussion is welcome.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 12:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Birding Ecotours is proud to present this workshop/talk whereby we look at the best states within the USA for birding. Despite the large number of states throughout the country, only a handful stick out above the rest in terms of their birding prowess: Florida, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and California. While many other states support some excellent birding (like Minnesota for example), the five above-mentioned states are the most famed, and rightly so. Join us as we take you through why these states are ‘ahead of the pack’ and some of the avian gems on offer!
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 2:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free
See the latest and greatest in photography equipment from Panasonic, and learn how it applies to bird photography.

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Learn about the latest and greatest in optics gear from Out of this World Optics.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 10:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Bird and wildlife photography is no longer the exlusive domain of the well-equipped DSLR/long lens photographer. With today's Point and Shoot cameras, behind a spotting scope, or the superzoom bridge cameras on their own, it is possible---and easy---to bring back satisfying images of the birds and wildlife you observe.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 10:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Are you camera-curious? Learn about the gear you need to branch from birding into photo-birding.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price Free
This wonderful country is home to some of the world’s most unusual wildlife. Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island, often referred to as the “Eighth Continent”, and it offers unparalleled endemism. With over 100 true endemic birds and five endemic bird families, over 130 species of lemurs and two-thirds of the world's chameleons, a trip to Madagascar is sure to add species to your life list. Join Jim Beckman as he shares his experiences in this amazing country.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price Free
A photographic presentation with an emphasis on why the Iberia Peninsula is such a special region in Europe and in the world, from the birds and wildlife point of view. Other than nature, there are also numerous other interesting facets to explore in this fascinating region. We'll also talk about some of the practical aspects, should you plan a visit.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 2:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free

Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free

GBH Learn more about capturing the beauty of nature using your camera and a spotting scope. 
 Robert Wilson, from Daytona Beach, FL, has been a working photographer for over 40 years shooting everything from space shuttles, car races, to nature. He was a staff Photographer for Lockheed for 30 years and photographed for 10 years for Nascar.His focus now is capturing wildlife images across the country and teaching people the basics of photography and birding.   Kowa 450dpi 1
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 10:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 11:00 am
Individual Price Free

Parrots small  San Diego is home to thousands of parrots, with 13 parrot species that have been seen throughout Southern California. Though not originally from here, some of these species are known to be endangered in their native habitats. Learn more about these interesting neighbors and how we can help them. 
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Event Start Feb 25, 2018 10:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free

970489 195962740570410 90228084 n  Join expert local teen guides on a 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 where the river meets the ocean. All ages and levels of birders are welcome. 
   
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 10:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Every beginning birder is slightly intimidated by the masters of the craft who lead fieldtrips and post on the social media sites. Don't you wish there were a few basic precepts that would make you a better birder? With a dose of humor, Stephen Ingraham, Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Wildlife Observation at ZEISS Sports Optics, brings you everything the advanced birder wishes he or she had known right at the beginning.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 11:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Every year, well meaning homeowners and property managers accidentally impact nesting birds during tree care and tree removal. Learn about the Best Management Practices developed for the tree care industry to reduce the loss of nesting birds in Spring. Gillian will share what property owners and managers need to know when they hire tree care companies.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 1:00 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 2:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Join expert local teen guides on a 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 where the river meets the ocean. All ages and levels of birders are welcome.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Join Zovargo for an exploratory journey into the world of birds and insects! Zovargo will bring along several of their bird ambassadors along with some of their invertebrate creature teachers for this up-close encounter and learning experience. This presentation will be family friendly and provide hands-on encounters with Zovargo's ambassador birds and friendly insects!
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price Free
The Raptor Institute's presentation will showcase native raptor species such as hawks, falcons, and owls. Meet live raptors while learning about their biology, natural history, and conservation in this fun and engaging animal encounter for all ages.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Closing out the festival is this funny, informative, musical presentation with Bill Thompson III.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Learn to clean your sensor safely and efficiently from an expert with over 15 years’ experience. Cleaning your sensor only takes minutes, just a fraction of the time you spend removing sensor dust in processing. This training demystifies sensor cleaning with simple steps for safely and effectively cleaning any DSLR or mirrorless sensor. You'll be taught by Curt Fargo, one of the world's leading professional sensor cleaning educators who has been teaching sensor cleaning since DSLRs were released in early 2000. After providing a brief history of sensor cleaning, Curt dives into the details of simple steps that anyone can perform. You will learn how to examine your sensor, when to use both dry and wet sensor cleaning methods, and how to perform each method. More importantly, you'll learn the precautions that ensure safe sensor cleaning every time. Time permitting, Curt also provides free one-on-one training as he cleans the sensors of all in attendance. Curt Fargo is an educator, factory-trained camera repairman with ' over 20 years’ experience, a Certified Photographic Consultant, and has photographed professionally and semi-professionally for over 40 years. He is also the co· founder of www.CleaningDigitalCameras.com. You will also be able to find Curt at the Hunt’s Photo and Video booth where he will be doing FREE sensor cleanings while you watch and learn to do it yourself.


Event Start Feb 23, 2018 10:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 11:30 am
Individual Price Free
Award winning photographer Paul Bannick presents a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and images from his book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Audiences will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 1:00 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price Free
A photographic presentation with an emphasis on why the Iberia Peninsula is such a special region in Europe and in the world, from the birds and wildlife point of view. Other than nature, there are also numerous other interesting facets to explore in this fascinating region. We'll also talk about some of the practical aspects, should you plan a visit.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 10:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
 

Contact Info

4010 Morena Blvd
Suite #100
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-7800

Office Hours

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