Copy of SDBFlogo.HG  2018 San Diego
Bird Festival 
Feb 21-25, 2018

Marina Village Conference Center

Special Guests:  Paul Bannick, Kevin McGowan, Bill Thompson III, and Julie Zickefoose
Our famous Pelagic trips 
still have space!   Sa Su
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Just added! Su19a Lives of the North American Owls Sunday 2/25 1:00-2:30


Scopes Come to our Expo to see the latest and greatest in optics for birding

W 4-6 
Th 3-6 
F 3-6 
Sa 12-7  
Su 10-4

See the full list of vendors by clicking here.
Register for these or any of our open field trips and workshops on our online registration system.

Are there still openings? You bet! Here is a list of all sessions that still have room, updated weekly until the festival opens.

The best way to get the trips you want is by registering online. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SECURE REGISTRATION PORTAL
The system can register parties of one or two.
For groups of more than two people, please contact us.
There is a $10 registration fee per person.

Want to save on registration? Volunteer during the festival! Choose the Attendee Role of "Volunteer," and your registration fee will be waived. We'll contact you and set you up to work a shift.
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Please note there is an error in the brochure insert worksheet. Su02 is listed at an incorrect price of $105. The cost of this field trip is $125. 

In some resources, the F03 field trip is listed with an ending time of 1:30, and in others the listed time is 3:30. The correct ending time is 1:30 pm.

We regret that we have cited the incorrect name for one of our cherished sponsors. We urge you to check out Birds & Nature Tours Portugal at their website: They will be doing a couple of free programs during the festival, and co-leading field trips.

Birding BY Greg Basco

Post Festival Trip: Costa Rica  
Click here for more information.
We're really excited about this one. Costa Rica is one of our favorite birding destinations, and Holbrook Travel does Costa Rica so well.

If you are interested in being a Sponsor or a vendor in our 2018 Festival, please
 contact us.

If you are a San Diego Local and would like to participate as a volunteer, contact us.

Click here to see a complete list of species seen at the 2017 festival.

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  • 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.