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As we all know, the Santa Monica Mountains BirdFest 2018 was cancelled because of the Woolsey fire. The heart of King Gillette Ranch, site of our BirdFest activities, was unscathed although the area around it was devastated. That sadly includes both Paramount Ranch and Peter Strauss Ranch where many public events and concerts take place.  

The BirdFest committee met to discuss planning for the next festival. We decided to plan for the 5th Festival to take place in November 2020 rather than in 2019. This will allow more time for the area and habitat to recover from the ravages of the fire.

We also took other factors into consideration, notably the pressure on National Park and other agency staff to rebuild, the backlog of work on NPS lands after the shutdown, and the demand on the reduced number of facilities in the Mountains during rebuilding. Planning for events must start months ahead of time and we are at this time unable to speak to National Park personnel.

We are sorry to miss two years, but we hope to welcome you to a stronger and better BirdFest 2020!

 The BirdFest of the Santa Monica Mountains is a free cooperative event sponsored by San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Western National Parks Association, the National Park Service, Conejo Valley Audubon Society and Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society. 

Upcoming Events

Sat 19

Field Trip to Upper Newport Bay and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

January 19 @ 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Upper Newport Bay
700 San Joaquin Hills Road
Sun 20

Malibu Creek State Park Bird Walk

January 20 @ 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park

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