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Morro Bay, CA is Calling all Bird Lovers and Lovebirds: Winter is For the Birds

Birders Descend for the 2017 Winter Bird Festival - January 13-16


January 1, 2017

Morro Bay CA is the perfect destination for lovebirds, with romantic hikes, cozy nights by the fire, and more.

Winter is the perfect time to visit Morro Bay, CA and enjoy the fantastic coastal destination with sunny days perfect for lovebirds, romantic hikes, cozy nights by the fire, and amazing bird watching - the quaint town is located along of the Pacific Flyway.

In fact, winter is birding season and the Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve and its 800-acre wetland are home more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds, both migratory and resident and dozens of endangered species including Peregrine Falcons. Lovebirds flock to Morro Bay in the winter to enjoy the romantic sunsets, restaurants and cozy hotel rooms, so book your romantic getaway today! Find a plethora of bird watching and love bird lodging specials throughout January and February here, including offers to stay two nights and get third night half-off! Plus, every hotel guest in Jan/Feb will receive our Food & Wine Passport with over $90 in food offers.

"Winter is definitely for the birds here in Morro Bay, and we love birds," says Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. "Our Winter Bird Festival is very special because we are blessed to share our home with the Morro Bay National Estuary, where hundreds of birds, animals and plants, live in the beautiful landscape that's Morro Bay. We also welcome lovebirds at this time of year because Morro Bay is the perfect place to express your love for one another."

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Maryann Stansfield

Winter Is For Birds in Morro Bay, CA, both bird watching and lovebirds!

Every Martin Luther King weekend, more than 500 bird lovers from around the world attend the annual Winter Bird Festival.

Morro Bay is a globally important bird area, making it the perfect place to see, photograph, and learn about birds. Morro Bay is on the Pacific Flyway. More than 200 species can be sighted during the Festival weekend. While you're in town, kayak through the National Estuary Channels, sail the bay and watch a variety of birds take flight, or hike near Morro Rock, a key haven for the once endangered bird, the peregrine falcon. Online registration for the 2017 Festival is open.

But that's not all to discover in Morro Bay.

For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit


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