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The San Diego Audubon Society Bird Festival: Birds Make Us Better!

The San Diego Audubon Society is celebrating the wild birds, habitats, and people of our county, which truly offers some of the best birding in the United States. Each day will be packed with activities for both new and seasoned bird lovers, including:

  • Field trips to all corners of San Diego County
  • Pelagic trips
  • Workshops and lectures
  • San Diego Audubon Society Red Bird Bookstore
  • Silent Auction
  • Free programs all weekend!

This year we are happy to announce that Sunday's program will include activities for children and their families. Our Bird Friendly Garden Fair, Feb 25 from 9-2, is sponsored by SDG&E and American Bird Conservancy and is free to the public. Meet informative eco-friendly and environmentally conscious vendors, sing some songs with Songbirds Music Together, taste sustainable bird-friendly coffee and chocolate, and learn about things you can do to help birds in your day-to-day life.

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Online registration is now open.

The full festival catalog is available at You can view the catalog and register online.

The San Diego Bird Festival welcomes people of all backgrounds, abilities, orientations, and beliefs to participate and asks all participants to be welcoming, respectful, grateful, and helpful towards others and report any conduct that is counter to this agreement.

For additional information contact Jen Hajj at [email protected]

Our Keynote Speakers

Julia Zarankin

Wednesday, February 21

Julia Zarankin

Ms. Zarankin is a Toronto-based award-winning writer, cultural tour guide and lecturer. Her memoir, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, is a Canadian bestseller and her writing has been featured in Audubon, Birding Magazine, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mall. When not hanging out with a spotting scope at sewage lagoons in hopes of getting a better handle on shorebirds, Julia lectures to lifelong learners in and around Toronto.

Tiana Williams-Claussen

Thursday February 22

Tiana Williams-Claussen

Tiana Williams-Claussen is a member of the Yurok Tribe and was raised in Klamath, CA on the Yurok Reservation. She received her BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and returned to serve her tribe. She is currently pursuing a Master of Sciences in Natural Resources from California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt, and serves as the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department Director. Her team’s work includes the reintroduction of California Condors to Yurok country, integrating traditional knowledge from the Yurok community into government wildlife management practices. Her native upbringing and formal education allow her to bridge the gap between traditional understandings of the world, and those rooted in Western-science, supporting a cohesive, well-informed approach to ecosystem management.

Christian Cooper

Friday, February 23

Christian Cooper

Christian Cooper is a NY Times best-selling author, with his debut memoir, Better Living Through Birding. He is also the Host and a Consulting Producer for National Geographic's hit series: Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper. Practically born with a pair of binoculars in his hands, he served as president of the Harvard Ornithological Club in his college days; currently as a vice president of New York City Audubon he advocates for greater, safer access to green spaces for all, with a focus on outreach to youth in underserved communities. A longtime activist on issues of racial justice and LGBTQ equality, Christian combined his passions in the BLM graphic short story "It’s a Bird” from DC Comics, and he continues to seek synergy at the intersections of storytelling, progressivism, and environmentalism.

San Diego Bird Festival presented by San Diego Audubon Society would like to thank our generous sponsors of the 2024 Festival

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