From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend’s warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean’s surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region.
September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcids are present in good numbers. There’s no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.
This year’s lineup of nightly speakers includes author, artist, naturalist and conservationist Kenn Kaufman. He will explore what the world looks like from a bird’s point of view in his keynote presentation on Saturday, September 27.