Bird watchers are flocking to the four-day event that starts March 5 in Mission Bay. From owls, to woodpeckers, to condors and bats, there are workshops and field trips that will net more than 100 observed species, according the Audobon Society.
The keynote speaker is David Allen Sibley, who's a superstar in the world of bird watching. He's known to set the standard for bird watching in North America with his book "The Sibley Guide to Birds."
It's in his blood, it seems, having been born to a Yale ornithologist. Sibley began what's called 'birding." which is the watching and observing of wild birds in their natural habitat, when he was a child.
You could call Sharon Stiteler the “bird whisperer,” she’s already nicknamed the "Birdchick". Stiteler will be blogging from the Festival and will talk about her story "The Woman Who Could Talk to Birds" and about her time managing a wild bird store for 8 years.