Winter Is for the Birds: Up to 20,000 Shorebirds Spend the Winter in Morro Bay’s National Estuary and Mudflats

MORRO BAY, Calif., Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Winter is birding season and the Morro Bay National Estuary Preserve and its unique 800-acre wetland with salt marshes and mudflats are home more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds and dozens of endangered species all winter long, including Peregrine Falcons. Morro Bay, CA is a distinctive coastal destination located along the Pacific Flyway with sunny days perfect for bird watching from the Morro Bay State Park boardwalk, the Embarcadero, iconic Morro Rock, or on the water by kayak, paddleboard or boat cruise. Dictating the birding landscape is the vast, shallow open water of the bay, which is tidally drained. Small patches of woodland in the state park line the back bay where, at high tide, paddlers can cruise silently along the canals and marshes. In fact, birders descend on Morro Bay each year over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival.

“Winter is definitely for the birds here in Morro Bay,” says Scott Collins, Morro Bay’s City Manager. “The waters of our protected bay offer a paradise for both migratory and resident birds, as well as bird lovers and people who love to be active and outdoors. If you’ve ever seen a Morro Bay sunset, you know our charming town is a romantic destination as well, so lovebirds are always welcome too.”

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Designated as one of the “10 Best Bargain Trips for 2018” by Budget Travel, Morro Bay is offering a complimentary Restaurant Passport worth over $80 of discounts at on food, wine and beer at local restaurants.  

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The Winter Bird Festival is just one example of the exciting events that take place in Morro Bay. On top of that, this bustling seaside village offers temperate Mediterranean weather, making it a must-do winter destination for all kinds of outdoor adventurers.  For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit

Susan Hartzler
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