Bird Festival

Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Bird Festival

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Please note: this site is for viewing purposes only. Once registration opens, we will provide a link to the registration portal.
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.

Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am.

Please note: this site is for viewing purposes only. Once registration opens, we will provide a link to the registration portal.
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.


Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am.
Please note: this site is for viewing purposes only. Once registration opens, we will provide a link to the registration portal.
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.


Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am
Please note: this site is for viewing purposes only. Once registration opens, we will provide a link to the registration portal.
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.


Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am.
Please note: this site is for viewing purposes only. Once registration opens, we will provide a link to the registration portal.
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.


Registration opens October 2 at 9:00 am.
California Gnatcatcher $250  (Deadline January 15, 2018)
Benefits include:
Website listing with link to your website under Sponsors tab

Ability to place Insert in Registrants Packets—Insert deadline is January 15, 2018
Recognition on SDBF Facebook page
Banner placement on Festival Grounds
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Nov 30, 2018 12:00 am
Available Places 4
Individual Price $250.00
Wrentit $100  (Deadline January 15, 2018)
Benefits include:
Website listing under Sponsors tab. (No-link)
Ability to place Insert in Registrants Packets—Insert deadline is January 15, 2018
Recognition on SDBF Facebook page
Banner placement on Festival Grounds
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Nov 30, 2018 12:00 am
Available Places 4
Individual Price $100.00
Come on down to the festival headquarters, get yourself checked in, and meet some of the amazing talent we are featuring in the 2018 festival. The exhibit hall will be open for you to browse, and we'll have drinks and food from Bekker's Catering.
Event Start Feb 21, 2018 4:00 pm
Event End Feb 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Executive Director Chris Redfern will provide highlights of San Diego Audubon's work protecting birds, preserving habitat, and getting children outside to learn and play in nature, and answer audience questions about Audubon's work in San Diego.
Event Start Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 21, 2018 5:30 pm
Individual Price Free
  Learn about the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Florida.
Event Start Feb 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
W7 YBAR10 on Irish Settlement Rd Tompkins Co NY 22Mar15 kjm 4385 Crows have a lot going on, and they’re in everyone’s backyard. They have a social system that is a lot like our own, displaying intelligence, adaptability, sociability, and caring, with strong family values and lifelong bonds. Hear Kevin McGowan's unique perspective on the species: he has followed several thousand marked individuals throughout their lives, from egg until death (some 19 years later).
Dr. Kevin J. McGowan of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world’s foremost authority on the behavior and biology of the American Crow, having studied a population of banded individuals for 29 years. Kevin created the original All About Birds online bird guide and currently writes online courses in the Lab’s Education program. Kevin banding V3 TRAN11 22May11 kjm 2534 ac
Event Start Feb 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 21, 2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price Free

HolbrookLogoTealH   This trip into the Tijuana River Valley along the Mexican Border will explore fabled birding hotspots like Dairy Mart Pond, Border Field State Park, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the J Street Marina. Brought to you by Holbrook Travel
Steve Ritt has been guiding birders around San Diego and beyond since 2010, leads North American tours for Wildside Nature Tours, and is an independent biological consultant. From 2012-2014, he also coordinated the SD Christmas Bird Count. Foremost, he is passionate about environmental justice, and how socioeconomics impacts the birds and ecosystems we love so much.
Bill is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and one of our special guests for 2018.
Debbie Sturdivant was initiated into the world of travel at an early age, living aboard a 36-foot sailboat from age 9 to 18 with her family. They sailed from California to Florida and spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, Panama, and the Galápagos. Since then, she have been all over Latin America and developed a passion for nature and birding. She has been to 49 U.S. states but has yet to visit Hawaii — a place she can’t wait to get to. 
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Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 Black necked Stilts Imperial Beach small  This popular trip is a whirlwind tour of San Diego County's hottest birding spots with a goal to list over 100 species. Expect to bird in the foothills east of San Diego, inland wetlands, San Diego Bay, along the ocean and near the Mexican border.
 Kowa 450dpi 1 Leaders are Phil Pryde and Julie Zickefoose.  Phil Pryde is a retired professor from San Diego State University. He has been leading birding trips and teaching bird identification for over 25 years. Julie is a birder, naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator, artist and poet. She is our Keynote Speaker for 2018.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00

Hawk Alley  This field trip takes us to see the avian apex predators of several Southern California habitats. San Pasqual Valley is a cactus-dominated coastal sage scrub habitat bordered by agricultural lands. Dos Picos County Park is situated amidst rugged brush-covered slopes northeast of San Diego, supporting coast live oak woodland and chaparral vegetation on nearby slopes. The Santa Maria Valley is characterized by native grasslands that support a robust rodent population, which in turn attract a large number and variety of resident and wintering raptors. 
 Brought to you by Out of this World Optics  Leaders are Jeff Lincer and Luke Tiller. Luke Tiller is the tour committee chair for the Hawk Migration Association of North America. Dr. Lincer has worked on major raptor projects from Alaska to Africa. He has been involved in the Raptor Research Foundation for many years.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 TAMRON new logo blue  With over 150 different bird species that either live at Lake Hodges permanently, or just pass through, the lake is a nature photographers and bird watcher's dream. Especially lovely are the Western and Clark’s Grebes, and Eared Grebes. The Grebes breed on the lake in the winter months and courting (rushing) happens between November and early March. We hope to see a few “shows” or two.An easy walk (up to 3 miles) to the rushing area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. The day will concentrate on photography but is open to birders also.
Krisztina Scheeff is a wildlife and nature photographer who has spent months studying the Grebes on Lake Hodges. Her interest in photographing wildlife is to be able to share with others who may not otherwise get the opportunity. Ryan Rubino began an ongoing interest in birds and other wildlife at the age of 10 which led to the rearing of birds in aviculture for many years and the study of local birds. Since 2012 he has been developing his skills in wildlife photography as a way to stay connected to the natural world and further his knowledge and passion for wildlife.   GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

La Jolla waves_Ernie Cowan  Rock jetties, breakwaters and natural rocky cliffs, some of San Diego's most spectacular coastal scenery, are inhabited by a select and fascinating variety of birds. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. This trip features easy walking.
 La Jolla  Leaders are Stan Walens and Joao Jara. Stan Walens has spent over three decades studying the ocean off La Jolla, amassing an extensive knowledge of San Diego's rich seabird life. João Jara was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and has more than 30 years of field experience. João has led many field tours in Portugal, Spain and abroad, for his own birding tours company, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, which he launched in 2008. This is the fourth year João is attending the San Diego Bird Festival and co-leading festival field trips.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 San Diego Coastal Wildlife Refuges are located at the south end of San Diego Bay and near the border with Mexico. During the winter season, a diverse variety of land and water birds can be observed at th eprotected areas south of San Diego Bay and the Tijuana Slough NWR. This trip includes "behind the gates" access to the "Salt Works" in South San Diego Bay, and to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The trip includes a stop at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and surrounding trails wherein most years we have been very successful locating the endangered Light-footed Ridgway's Rail. Though the trip is free, seating is limited and registration is required. SnowyEgretKSNPBirdFestivalProgram 
   Brought to you by San Diego's Urban Wildlife Refuges.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free

A basic workshop designed for the beginner or intermediate wild bird photographer. Topics will include equipment, techniques, camera settings, locations, reources and ethics. Use this program number to sign up for the workshop only.   La Jolla Gang
IMG 1694   Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He pens Backyard Bird Watching, a monthly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 11:15 am
Individual Price $20.00

A basic workshop designed for the beginner or intermediate wild bird photographer. Topics will include equipment, techniques, camera settings, locations, reources and ethics. Use this program number to sign up for the workshop and the field trip together.   La Jolla Gang
IMG 1694   Ernie Cowan is a noted photographer, lecturer, instructor and author. He pens Backyard Bird Watching, a monthly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 2:30 am
Individual Price $80.00

Kevin McGowan introduces the diversity of shorebirds and points out the best ways to get started identifying them. We will concentrate on the three most important clues you can use for shorebird ID: shape, size, and behavior. The focus is on learning techniques you can use to identify shorebirds rather than emphasizing only key field marks for each species.   Kevin Mays Point Montezuma 19Apr09 jwm2406
   
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00

heron   Join a small group of beginning and intermediate birders for a short trip to Famosa Slough, a birdy, urban tidal wetland that was saved from development and restored by local citizens. If time permits, the group will also bird the San Diego river estuary.
   Jim Peugh sits on the San Diego Audubon Society Board of Directors as Conservation Chair, and is a leader in the effort to preserve Famosa Slough for future generations.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 heron3b sm langell  Have you ever noticed that a well-photographed image of birds in silhouette can often elicit as much or more emotion from your audience than images of most front-lit subjects? This fun, creativity-forward session will help you maximize your shooting day, add diversity to your portfolio, and create powerful emotion with your photography through silhouette, back-lit and rim-lit photography. We will cover what types of subjects work best in these lighting conditions, what to look for, how to apply the correct settings for silhouette photography, and how to utilize this very special light to shoot “on the dark side” with intense beauty and with technical mastery! 
Sign up for this number if you want to participate in the workshop without the field trip.
 Hunts logo  Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is passionate about creating emotionally evocative images of wildlife and about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association, has been published in numerous magazines, featured in a variety of art galleries, and is fondly revered by many for her quality work, upbeat, relaxed and nurturing teaching style.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free

 heron3b sm langell  Have you ever noticed that a well-photographed image of birds in silhouette can often elicit as much or more emotion from your audience than images of most front-lit subjects? This fun, creativity-forward session will help you maximize your shooting day, add diversity to your portfolio, and create powerful emotion with your photography through silhouette, back-lit and rim-lit photography. We will cover what types of subjects work best in these lighting conditions, what to look for, how to apply the correct settings for silhouette photography, and how to utilize this very special light to shoot “on the dark side” with intense beauty and with technical mastery! 
Sign up for this number if you want to participate in the workshop and the field trip.
 Hunts logo  Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is passionate about creating emotionally evocative images of wildlife and about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association, has been published in numerous magazines, featured in a variety of art galleries, and is fondly revered by many for her quality work, upbeat, relaxed and nurturing teaching style.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:30 pm
Individual Price $80.00


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
Each day local guides will take small groups to 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. All levels of birders welcome.

Event Start Feb 22, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Join us for a brew, a glass of wine, or a soda pop and snacks. Swap stories and enjoy the exhibitors in the Bayview Room.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Pelagic trips can seems daunting: a moving vessel, distant dots zooming past; ID-ing anything seems hopeless. But whether this is your first pelagic trip or your fortieth, you can learn important ID skills and tricks of the trade before going on one of our famous pelagic trips that will make your trip more enjoyable and will give you a sense of what to look for to make those all-important identifications on your own. With Stan Walens.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Individual Price Free
San Diego is home to thousands of parrots, with 13 parrot species that have been seen throughout Southern California. Three of which are known to be endangered in their native habitats. On this trip, we'll spend some time at a popular parrot roost, where we will see evening behaviors as the parrots wind down and prepare for bedtime. Here's an opportunity to practice your digiscoping and observe social behaviors of parrots.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
An evening of funny birding stories with Bill Thompson III.
Event Start Feb 22, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price $25.00

HolbrookLogoTealH   This trip into the Tijuana River Valley along the Mexican Border will explore fabled birding hotspots like Dairy Mart Pond, Border Field State Park, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the J Street Marina. Brought to you by Holbrook Travel

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 Black necked Stilts Imperial Beach small  This popular trip is a whirlwind tour of San Diego County's hottest birding spots with a goal to list over 100 species. Expect to bird in the foothills east of San Diego, inland wetlands, San Diego Bay, along the ocean and near the Mexican border.
 Kowa 450dpi 1 Leaders are Eitan Altman and Bill Thompson III.  Eitan Altman is a San Diego native who has been birding for over a decade. Bill is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and one of our special guests for 2018.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00
The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is the inland and upstream counterpart to San Diego's Coastal National Wildlife Refuges. The willow and oak riparian corridor of the Sweetwater River and its adjacent sage scrub, chaparral, and grasslands support year-round resident species and winter visitors. Be prepared to walk a minimum of 1 mile at the first stop and 0.75 miles for the second stop over uneven terrain. There will be time to rest between the two stops.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price Free

Hawk Alley  This field trip takes us to see the avian apex predators of several Southern California habitats. San Pasqual Valley is a cactus-dominated coastal sage scrub habitat bordered by agricultural lands. Dos Picos County Park is situated amidst rugged brush-covered slopes northeast of San Diego, supporting coast live oak woodland and chaparral vegetation on nearby slopes. The Santa Maria Valley is characterized by native grasslands that support a robust rodent population, which in turn attract a large number and variety of resident and wintering raptors. 
 Brought to you by Out of this World Optics  Leaders are Brennan Mulrooney and Fred Sproul. Brennan Mulrooney is a San Diego local who leads tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. Fred Sproul has lead Hawk Alley and Ramona bird trips for over 20 years.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $105.00
With so many SoCal near-endemic species being found near the coast, this trip will focus on finding everything with “California” in its name, along with our other SoCal specialties while trying to visit locations that other trips aren’t going to. The itinerary is somewhat flexible in order to appease the wishes of the participants and the possibility of searching for a rare vagrant or two. Depending on time and the participant's interests, we may visit rocky shorelines and coastal lagoons as well as inland locations.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $125.00

 TAMRON new logo blue  With over 150 different bird species that either live at Lake Hodges permanently, or just pass through, the lake is a nature photographers and bird watcher's dream. Especially lovely are the Western and Clark’s Grebes, and Eared Grebes. The Grebes breed on the lake in the winter months and courting (rushing) happens between November and early March. We hope to see a few “shows” or two.An easy walk (up to 3 miles) to the rushing area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. The day will concentrate on photography but is open to birders also.
Krisztina Scheeff is a wildlife and nature photographer who has spent months studying the Grebes on Lake Hodges. Her interest in photographing wildlife is to be able to share with others who may not otherwise get the opportunity. Ryan Rubino began an ongoing interest in birds and other wildlife at the age of 10 which led to the rearing of birds in aviculture for many years and the study of local birds. Since 2012 he has been developing his skills in wildlife photography as a way to stay connected to the natural world and further his knowledge and passion for wildlife.  Julie Zickefoose is a writer and artist, author of the heavily illustrated books Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.  GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 Swarovski Logo 60K 2x2.5  Join us aboard a large sportfishing boat for an excursion in the productive waters just off San Diego. Each trip will have a number of helpful, knowledgeable leaders who know the local area, and its seabirds and marine mammals. We will visit areas such as the 9-Mile Bank and the Coronado Escarpment, and will see birds not usually visible from shore. Each boat has roomy inside seating, a galley, and seating on deck. The boat and crews are well-versed in getting us into position to see our quarry.
   
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve encompasses some 4,000 acres, located within the City of San Diego. We will be entering the Preserve on the west end and hiking in about 1 mile and returning. The dirt trail is actually an old closed road. There are a couple of short hills otherwise the hike will be on flat ground. Restroom at the trailhead. Depending on the group interest and timing we may stop at a second nearby location to see if we can locate California Gnatcatchers.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
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


Event Start Feb 23, 2018 1:30 am
Event End Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
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 brid photography.

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
You know the "little brown jobbers?" It is the name we give to the indistinctly marked small birds such as sparrows that we see everywhere we go. This workshop will help simplify the task of identifying LBJs for beginners and provide a nice review for more seasoned birders.  Sponsored by Opticron.

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Event Start Feb 23, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $10.00
Gain tips, tricks and techniques that anyone can use. This presentation begins with photo fundamentals. Then it continues to show how these fundamentals apply to taking photos of perched and flying hummingbirds. And it includes over 100 photos as examples of what's possible. You'll enjoy this session, even if you have yet to own a camera. Bonus: you can use the ideas in this program to take better, more memorable photos of anything.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 4:30 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Individual Price $10.00
Owls are among the most mysterious and sought after families of birds in the world, but heading out in the dead of night to find them can be an intimidating challenge to undertake. Not to worry, join our owling workshop and let our expert guides from BRANT Nature Tours teach you the skills you need to know to make your next night out a night to remember! This event comprises of a classroom session followed by a field outing with a focus on teaching the most ethical and effective ways to find and experience owls in the wild. We welcome birders and photographers alike.

Though this workshop is free of charge, limited space is available. Only participants who have registered will be admitted.

Sponsored by BRANT Tours
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Owls are among the most mysterious and sought after families of birds in the world, but heading out in the dead of night to find them can be an intimidating challenge to undertake. Not to worry, join our owling workshop and let our expert guides from BRANT Nature Tours teach you the skills you need to know to make your next night out a night to remember! This event comprises of a classroom session followed by a field outing with a focus on teaching the most ethical and effective ways to find and experience owls in the wild. We welcome birders and photographers alike.

Though this workshop is free of charge, limited space is available. Only participants who have registered will be admitted.

Sponsored by BRANT Tours
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Individual Price Free
San Diego is home to thousands of parrots, with 13 parrot species that have been seen throughout Southern California. Three of which are known to be endangered in their native habitats. On this trip, we'll spend some time at a popular parrot roost, where we will see evening behaviors as the parrots wind down and prepare for bedtime. Here's an opportunity to practice your digiscoping and observe social behaviors of parrots.
Event Start Feb 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
zicktexasscreech Why and how do baby songbirds develop so quickly, some launching into flight only 11 days after hatching? In 2002, Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day by day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, Julie would document the daily changes in 17 bird species from hatching to fledging. Baby Birds is the enchanting result, with more than 500 life studies that hop, crawl and flutter through its pages. In this talk, Julie shares her influences as well as her artistic process, a must-see for the aspiring natural history artist. Art and science blend in every Zickefoose pursuit, as the scientist’s relentless curiosity joins the artist’s quest for beauty. The work, wonder and fun of studying nestlings, including being foster mother to orphaned hummingbirds, chimney swifts and bluebirds, makes for an irresistible and highly inspirational presentation.

Event Start Feb 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 23, 2018 9:00 pm
Individual Price $60.00
A 2 hour guided nature hike in the Anza Borrego desert (birds, plants, reptiles, endangered bighorn sheep, Native American artifacts, mammals, geology), followed by a visit to the Anza-Borrego interpretive nature center to browse the natural history exhibits, Native American pottery and enjoy two facinating 15-minute films starring bighorn sheep, mountain lion tagging and the seasons and geology of the Anza Borrego desert.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 5:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00

HolbrookLogoTealH   This trip into the Tijuana River Valley along the Mexican Border will explore fabled birding hotspots like Dairy Mart Pond, Border Field State Park, the Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the J Street Marina. Brought to you by Holbrook Travel

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Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00


 Black necked Stilts Imperial Beach small  This popular trip is a whirlwind tour of San Diego County's hottest birding spots with a goal to list over 100 species. Expect to bird in the foothills east of San Diego, inland wetlands, San Diego Bay, along the ocean and near the Mexican border.
 Kowa 450dpi 1 Leaders are Julie Zickefoose and Raymond VanBuskirk. Julie Zickefoose is author and illustrator of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. Awakening readers to the astonishing things birds think and do is her job. She writes and paints from Indigo Hill, an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Raymond VanBuskirk is a passionate environmentalist, vegan and hipster birder whose love for nature was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. He is the former president of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and is an owner and guide for BRANT Nature Tours.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00
Join award winning photographer Paul Bannick and local birder John Bruin at several local birding hotspots. In particular, we'll practise photographing burrowing owls and waterfowl. Paul will share insights about how to capture stunning photos and we'll take some time trying new techniques.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price $80.00
San Diego County's mountains provide diverse birding environments, consisting of mixed oak and conifer forests interspersed with expanses of grassland and chaparral from 4,000 to just over 6,000 feet in elevation. Bring adequate clothing for cold temperatures and footwear for walking in several inches of snow (it could happen). Expect trail hiking up to 2 miles over fairly level, wooded terrain.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price $125.00
This trip will head inland to the mountains and foothills to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the county that other trips will not visit. Many birds that are confined to oak and pine ecosystems will be sought after, and we'll leave some time to target other birds that participants often wish to see.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price $125.00

 TAMRON new logo blue With over 150 different bird species that either live at Lake Hodges permanently, or just pass through, the lake is a nature photographers and bird watcher's dream. Especially lovely are the Western and Clark’s Grebes, and Eared Grebes. The Grebes breed on the lake in the winter months and courting (rushing) happens between November and early March. We hope to see a few “shows” or two. A 1.5 mile easy walk to the area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. Bring your cameras, since many of these birds we may be able to observe quite closely.
Krisztina Scheeff is a wildlife and nature photographer who has spent months studying the Grebes on Lake Hodges. Her interest in photographing wildlife is to be able to share with others who may not otherwise get the opportunity. Ryan Rubino began an ongoing interest in birds and other wildlife at the age of 10 which led to the rearing of birds in aviculture for many years and the study of local birds. Since 2012 he has been developing his skills in wildlife photography as a way to stay connected to the natural world and further his knowledge and passion for wildlife.   GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, and adjacent to the extensive native coastal sage scrub habitat of Mission Trails Regional Park, Lake Murray offers easy access to a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. In addition to sage scrub specialties such as California Gnatcatcher, Thrasher, Quail and Towhee, this is on of the easiest spots to tick the now "countable" Scaly-bresasted Munia.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00

La Jolla waves_Ernie Cowan  Rock jetties, breakwaters and natural rocky cliffs, some of San Diego's most spectacular coastal scenery, are inhabited by a select and fascinating variety of birds. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. This trip features easy walking.
 La Jolla  Leaders are Stan Walens and Joao Jara. Stan Walens has spent over three decades studying the ocean off La Jolla, amassing an extensive knowledge of San Diego's rich seabird life. João Jara was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and has more than 30 years of field experience. João has led many field tours in Portugal, Spain and abroad, for his own birding tours company, Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, which he launched in 2008. This is the fourth year João is attending the San Diego Bird Festival and co-leading festival field trips.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Individual Price $75.00

 Swarovski Logo 60K 2x2.5  Join us aboard a large sportfishing boat for an excursion in the productive waters just off San Diego. Each trip will have a number of helpful, knowledgeable leaders who know the local area, and its seabirds and marine mammals. We will visit areas such as the 9-Mile Bank and the Coronado Escarpment, and will see birds not usually visible from shore. Each boat has roomy inside seating, a galley, and seating on deck. The boat and crews are well-versed in getting us into position to see our quarry.
   
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00
Spend the morning birding at the world fmous San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park. The Zoo is 100 acres in size and houses over 4,000 animals comprised of more than 800 species from the forests and jungles of the world. The Zoo has an impressive collection of birds, featuring three large, beautifully landscaped walk-in aviaries as well as many smaller enclosures for birds. Experience a world-class showcase of exotic birds and rarities that you might never have a chance to see in the wild, as well as a variety of native, migrant and seasonal resident birds. Zoo Admission included.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Balboa Park is a unique urban park, an oasis for wildlife within the city landscape. Phil Unitt of th eSan Diego Natural History Museum will take this small group for some birding in the park, and then for a behind the scenes peek at the museum's avian collection, including a fascinating demonstration of a bird skin preparation. Admission to the Nat is included.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 San Diego Coastal Wildlife Refuges are located at the south end of San Diego Bay and near the border with Mexico. During the winter season, a diverse variety of land and water birds can be observed at th eprotected areas south of San Diego Bay and the Tijuana Slough NWR. This trip includes "behind the gates" access to the "Salt Works" in South San Diego Bay, and to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The trip includes a stop at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and surrounding trails wherein most years we have been very successful locating the endangered Light-footed Ridgway's Rail. Though the trip is free, seating is limited and registration is required. SnowyEgretKSNPBirdFestivalProgram 
   Brought to you by San Diego's Urban Wildlife Refuges.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, and adjacent to the extensive native coastal sage scrub habitat of Mission Trails Regional Park, Lake Murray offers easy access to a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. In addition to sage scrub specialties such as California Gnatcatcher, Thrasher, Quail and Towhee, this is on of the easiest spots to tick the now "countable" Scaly-bresasted Munia.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
Our popular kayak trip returns! Join Jim Peugh, a frequent kayaker on our bays, as he takes a small group to visit the edges of salt marshes and open water areas to get close-up views of bird life. Shorebirds, herons, and other species await as we enter their habitat in a truly special manner. If you have ever wanted to try kayaking, this trip is for you! Participants will receive training. Tandem kayaks are provided. As with any boating activity, you may get wet. For comfort, bring along a dry change of clothing.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $60.00
Join local guides to explore further up the San Diego River to see a wider variety of birds including Osprey, Belted Kingfisher and possibly even Ridgeway Rail. The walk may be broken up into groups wishing to stay closer to Marina Village and others wishing to venture further up river. All levels of birders are welcome.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 9:30 am
Event End Feb 24, 2018 11:30 am
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
The mass migration of diurnal raptors must rate as one of the most magical spectacles in birding and draws its own special brand of devotees. Join professional hawkwatcher Luke Tiller for a virtual tour of the best places to witness raptors and raptor migration from California to Israel via Panama, Mexico and beyond. His talk will touch on the places to visit, the majesty of raptor migration and how to get the best out of the hawkwatching experience, all illustrated by a collection of his stunning raptor photos.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Individual Price $20.00
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
Each day local guides will take small groups to 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. All levels of birders welcome.

Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Individual Price Free

Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
 It is our last evening together. Join us for food, drinks and fun. Make your final bids on silent auction items and be sure to visit with our exhibitors.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Raptors are beautiful creatures and have captured the human imagination for thousands of years. They have been feared, revered, persecuted, saved from extinction, and recognized as “environmental indicators.” These predators are incredibly variable in their ecology, behavior and appearance but they can be relatively easy to identify (even at a distance) once you know what to look for. Identifying a raptor in the field is part a practiced discipline and part a deductive process that often relies on several clues provided by shape, movement, behavior and, sometimes, plumage; color, unlike with many other avian bird groups, is of substantially less value in raptor identification. Knowing how to approach raptor identification can be stimulating and satisfying and, with practice, can be approached with a greater level of certainty.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 3:30 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
San Diego is home to thousands of parrots, with 13 parrot species that have been seen throughout Southern California. Three of which are known to be endangered in their native habitats. On this trip, we'll spend some time at a popular parrot roost, where we will see evening behaviors as the parrots wind down and prepare for bedtime. Here's an opportunity to practice your digiscoping and observe social behaviors of parrots.
Event Start Feb 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
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 24, 2018 6:00 pm
Event End Feb 24, 2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price $25.00

Event Start Feb 25, 2018 5:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 8:00 pm
Individual Price $175.00


 Black necked Stilts Imperial Beach small  This popular trip is a whirlwind tour of San Diego County's hottest birding spots with a goal to list over 100 species. Expect to bird in the foothills east of San Diego, inland wetlands, San Diego Bay, along the ocean and near the Mexican border.
 Kowa 450dpi 1 Leaders are Raymond VanBuskirk and Steve Ritt.  Raymond VanBuskirk is a passionate environmentalist, vegan and hipster birder whose love for nature was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. He is the former president of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and is the owner and lead guide of BRANT Nature Tours. Steve Ritt has been guiding birders around San Diego and beyond since 2010, leads North American tours for Wildside Nature Tours, and is an independent biological consultant. From 2012-2014, he also coordinated the SD Christmas Bird Count. Foremost, he is passionate about environmental justice, and how socioeconomics impacts the birds and ecosystems we love so much.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 6:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $125.00
Join award winning photographer Paul Bannick and local birder John Bruin at Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary, a local birding hotspot managed by San Diego Audubon Society. Paul will share insights about how to capture stunning photos of birds at the feeders and we'll take some time trying new techniques. Phil Lambert, the Resident Manager at Silverwood, will be on hand to answer questions about the property.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 6:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 TAMRON new logo blue With over 150 different bird species that either live at Lake Hodges permanently, or just pass through, the lake is a nature photographers and bird watcher's dream. Especially lovely are the Western and Clark’s Grebes, and Eared Grebes. The Grebes breed on the lake in the winter months and courting (rushing) happens between November and early March. We hope to see a few “shows” or two. A 1.5 mile easy walk to the area will also give us the opportunity to spot a few dozen other bird species. Bring your cameras, since many of these birds we may be able to observe quite closely.
Krisztina Scheeff is a wildlife and nature photographer who has spent months studying the Grebes on Lake Hodges. Her interest in photographing wildlife is to be able to share with others who may not otherwise get the opportunity. Ryan Rubino began an ongoing interest in birds and other wildlife at the age of 10 which led to the rearing of birds in aviculture for many years and the study of local birds. Since 2012 he has been developing his skills in wildlife photography as a way to stay connected to the natural world and further his knowledge and passion for wildlife.   GrebeRush 2 KSNPBirdFestivalProgram
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 1:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00

 Swarovski Logo 60K 2x2.5  Join us aboard a large sportfishing boat for an excursion in the productive waters just off San Diego. Each trip will have a number of helpful, knowledgeable leaders who know the local area, and its seabirds and marine mammals. We will visit areas such as the 9-Mile Bank and the Coronado Escarpment, and will see birds not usually visible from shore. Each boat has roomy inside seating, a galley, and seating on deck. The boat and crews are well-versed in getting us into position to see our quarry.
   
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 7:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $105.00

 San Diego Coastal Wildlife Refuges are located at the south end of San Diego Bay and near the border with Mexico. During the winter season, a diverse variety of land and water birds can be observed at th eprotected areas south of San Diego Bay and the Tijuana Slough NWR. This trip includes "behind the gates" access to the "Salt Works" in South San Diego Bay, and to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The trip includes a stop at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and surrounding trails wherein most years we have been very successful locating the endangered Light-footed Ridgway's Rail. Though the trip is free, seating is limited and registration is required. SnowyEgretKSNPBirdFestivalProgram 
   Brought to you by San Diego's Urban Wildlife Refuges.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 7:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Enjoy Southern California birding around Mission Bay by bicycle. The route will begin and end at Marina Village Conference Center. The terrain is flat and teh rout is almost entirely on bike/pedestrian pathways. The trip is set up to allow for a short 6-mile ride, a 10-mile ride or a 25-mile ride. The route includes both sides of the San Diego River from the ocean to Interstate 5. The pace is slow with many stops. Bring a lunch or money for one, as there are many snack stands along the route. You can bring your own bike, borrow a loaner or rent a bike for $25 for the day.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 8:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Our popular kayak trip returns! Join Jim Peugh, a frequent kayaker on our bays, as he takes a small group to visit the edges of salt marshes and open water areas to get close-up views of bird life. Shorebirds, herons, and other species await as we enter their habitat in a truly special manner. If you have ever wanted to try kayaking, this trip is for you! Participants will receive training. Tandem kayaks are provided. As with any boating activity, you may get wet. For comfort, bring along a dry change of clothing.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 8:30 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Centuries ago, the Kumeyaay Indians found food and shelter in Tecolote Canyon and named it after its resident owls. The first colonial settlers began farming in the canyon until the City of San Diego acquired the land in 1978, setting it aside as a nature park. Join a small group of birders to see this place, where numerous resident songbirds and raptors can be seen alongside migrants. This trip is perfect for folks looking for a short excursion at an easy pace. Beginners welcome.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 9:00 am
Event End Feb 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00

American White Pelican  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. 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. 
With our friends from SoCal Parrot   
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
Raptors are, indeed, beautiful creatures that we like to watch and admire but their environment has changed, their conservation was, largely, ignored until recently, and they have even been persecuted. They are recognized as “environmental indicators” for good reason. They are sensitive to changes in their (and our) environment. In order to save these predators we must understand their ecology, behavior and management needs. This presentation will address the status and biology of these magnificent predators and how those influence their proper management, which is integral to their successful conservation.
Event Start Feb 25, 2018 12:00 pm
Event End Feb 25, 2018 1:00 am
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

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.