San Quintin Bay Bird Festival

November 3rd to 7th, 2021

Join us at the sixth edition of the San Quintin Bay Bird Festival

This is a free event where you and your family will learn about birds and the importance of taking care of their habitat

Naturalist and explorer John Muir said “In every walk with nature one receives far than he seeks than he seeks.”

That happens in San Quintin Bay, who knows and admires this place can’t help but protect it, you get inspired and connected with all the senses.

Check out the hybrid schedule here

Free in-person activities in San Quintin

Online talks with expert speakers and Facebook Live events

Pre-festival activities

San Quintin


Free in-person activities in San Quintin

November 3rd-7th | Birdwatching marathon

  • Family-friendly activity
  • Register from October 10th to November 1st
  • Categories for beginners and advanced
  • Prizes for the first three places

Join this fun competition in which people and teams go out to look for as many species of birds as possible for a limited time, the winning team is the one that visually and/or audibly registers the largest number of species. It’s allowed to use land or water transport, without causing damage to the ecosystem.

The marathon is a great opportunity for nature lovers who want to spend a fun time learning about the birds of San Quintin. This is an activity with low environmental impact that is based on the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.

The first 3 places in each category will be awarded, and each participant will receive a certificate. Some of the prizes you can win are a boat ride in the bay, nature photographs, bird watching guides, t-shirts, stickers and more.

Steps to register
  1. Build your team:
    1. Beginners category: minimum 3 members, maximum 5.
    2. Advanced category: minimum 1 member, maximum 4.
  2. Choose a category: beginners or advanced.
  3. Send an email to and include the following:
    1. Name of the team.
    2. Number of participants.
    3. Name of the team leader.
    4. Category in which they participate.
    5. Cell phone number.
  4. Each registered team will receive the guidelines and good practices for participating in the marathon, as well as a printed list and a guide of common birds.
Beginning and awards ceremony
  • The marathon begins on November 3 at 4:30 pm (also on Facebook Live).
  • The competition ends on November 7 at 9:00 am, please submit a photo of the list of birds to the WhatsApp number provided at the moment of registration.
  • The awards ceremony is on November 7 at 7:00 pm at the Molino Viejo restaurant (also on Facebook Live). The winning teams must present the printed list in order to receive their prize.

Saturday, November 6th

  • Free activity
  • Opening hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Molino Viejo restaurant, Chapala, Monte Ceniza, etc.
More information

Visita las estaciones interpretativas para observar la mayor cantidad de aves, en cada estación habrá voluntarios pajareros que te estarán apoyando.   

  • Codorniz station: Mirador Valle Volcánico. Location
  • Chorlo Nevado station: La Chorera beach. Location
  • Branta Negra station: Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve. Location
  • Garza Blanca station: Chapala wetland. Location
  • Cormorán station: parking lot at Molino Viejo restaurant. Location

Sunday, November 7th | Opening of collective art exhibition and awards ceremony

  • Reception at 5:30 pm and opening at 6:00 pm
  • Awards ceremony of the birdwatching marathon at 7:00 pm
  • Location: Molino Viejo restaurant
  • Free admission
More information

Join us at the opening ceremony of the art exhibition “Travesía: una mirada al mundo natural de San Quintin”. The exhibition will be on display until December 7, 2021

Festival de las Aves San Quintín


Online talks with expert speakers and Facebook Live events

Wednesday, November 3rd

3:30 pm (PST)

Opening of the Bird Festival

4:00 pm (PST)

Beginning of the birdwatching marathon

6:00 pm (PST)

Virtual tour of the ornithological collection at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Thursday, November 4th

9:00 to 10:30 am (PST)

Panel discussion “Connections of the Pacific Flyway”

Lessons, challenges and experiences on bird conservation in North America

Friday, November 5th

12:00 to 1:00 pm (PST)

Online talk “Citizen science, conservation and community”

Speaker: Martha Luisa del Campo, Cornell Lab Of Ornithology

6:00 to 7:00 pm (PST)

Online talk “The art of bird illustration”

Speaker: Annamaría Savarino, scientific illustrator

Saturday, November 6th | Virtual learning space

Explore and learn about the wonderful world of birds from home! Check out this list of free online resources

Sunday, November 7th 

6:00 pm (PST)

Opening of the art exhibition “Travesía: una mirada al mundo natural de San Quintín” 

6:00 to 7:00 pm (PST)

Awards ceremony of the birdwatching marathon

“Attending the Bird Festival changed the way I think and the way I see the world we live in. I’ve met people from different parts of the world that come to celebrate and enjoy nature, learn to take care of birds, the names of species, where they live and how important it is to respect them.

— Agustina Murillo


The first Bird Festival was held in 2015 in La Chorera, a community close to the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve. It was a small event aimed at the people of the community where they learned about birds through different activities.

With the goal of reaching more people, each year the festival has grown and expanded its offer. To date, more than 1,000 people from Baja California and the United States have attended the festivals and learned about the importance of protecting the birds of San Quintin.

Partners in Flight Awards

In 2019, we received the Partners in Flight Award in recognition of the community design of the Bird Festival

Contact us

If you have questions about the Bird Festival, please send us an email or a direct message on Facebook or Instagram