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Monterey Bay Birding Festival begins Thursday

Posted: Monday, Sep 9th, 2013

A snowy egret darts after a school of fish Friday in Struve Slough. Such birds will be the topic of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The ninth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival launches Thursday in Watsonville. With a theme of “Seabirds & Marine Mammals,” this year the festival offers dozens of field trips by expert birders, lectures, social receptions and workshops.

The featured keynote speaker is bird illustrator, author and biologist Sophie Webb who will speak about seabirds and marine mammals and share her experiences about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research cruises that she participated in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

The festival serves as an arena for those who want a closer glimpse of the roughly 400 species of permanent and migratory birds in and around Santa Cruz County. It is open to everyone, from the highly polished birders to the basic backyard birders. In fact, some of the most popular field trips offered are titled Beginning Birders, which offer a hands-on, in the trenches approach to learning some of the basic cues and clues of bird behavior and identification.

Steering committee member Dobie Jenkins said Watsonville and the greater Monterey Bay area is an ideal spot to get started and to advance in birding because of the vast treasure trove of birds.

For the complete article see the 09-10-2013 issue.

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