Here at Thousand Trails, we know how much you love the outdoors! What better way to welcome fall with your very own birding expedition? Bird lovers from all over will be heading to the Monterey Bay Birding at Moss Landing Marine Labs in Moss Landing, CA. The festival features events ranging from beginner birding classes to day-long birding expeditions. There are also several free events sponsored by the Moss Landing Marine Labs. Monterey Bay is a prime location for birding events like these. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument all available to visitors to explore. Online registration is open until September 17 or guests may register on-site from September 22 – 25. Here are some of the excursions and classes Thousand Trails campers may enjoy! For all events, please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, bring water, and do not wear white!
Hatton Canyon Hot Spot – Sept. 23, 7:30-11:30 am
This full day includes an easy birding walk on flat trails along the Hatton Canyon and the Carmel Mission Trail. “Expected are migrating songbirds and hummingbirds, several varieties of woodpeckers, woodland raptors, nonmigratory birds, and other feathered friends.”
Beginning Birding – Sept. 23, 8am – Noon; Sept 24 8am- Noon, 1 – 4pm
A great introduction to anyone interested in birding or for experienced birders looking to sharpen their identification skills. There will also be an introductory bird walk for identifying and observing birds in the world.
Magpies and Flapjacks – Sept 23, 7:30am – Noon
This is the first time for this event! Guests will drive through the back roads of San Benito County, so this event is great for visitors who are or want to be less mobile. The group will have lunch at Flapjacks in Tres Pinos afterwards.
Birding for Teens – Sept. 24, 8 – 11am
Teen group guided by Jeff Manker, who is passionate about teaching young birders. A great place to drop off the kids so you can go on your own adventure! Open to ages 13 – 18.
Condors of Big Sur – Sept. 25, 6am-6pm; Premium Trip Fee: $15
This all day expedition takes visitors to Big Sur, one of the country’s best birding locations, and catch glimpses of condors from spots on Highway 1 . Definitely make sure to bring enough food, water, and sunscreen for this all day excursion.
For more information about the Monterey Birding Festival, visit montereybaybirding.org.
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