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Monterey Bay Birding Festival: Natural Bridges and West Cliff Drive

September 29, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 12:00 pm

A hawk in mid-flight

Another fine destination for migrating songbirds and coastal access. Famous for spectacular gatherings of monarch butterflies, Natural Bridges is also a great birding destination. After our exploration of the park interior and observing birds like California Thrasher, Pygmy Nuthatch and looking for migrants, we’ll scan the adjacent rocky shores and open ocean for birds like Black Oystercatchers and perhaps a Surfbird or two, and look for loons, murrelets, Clark & Western Grebes, and perhaps a few Sooty Shearwaters and marauding Parasitic Jaegers. Time permitting, we might visit other local hotspots like Antonelli’s Pond or Bethany Curve Park. Transportation: Located about 15 miles north of Watsonville. Car caravan leaves Watsonville Civic Plaza at 6:30 a.m.

For the festival, you can choose a day pass for $75, full festival pass for $175 or a student pass for $35. For information and to register, please visit this page.

Parks and Beaches

Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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