Bird Festival Family Days

Are you looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what birdwatching was all about, now is your chance! As part of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, the City of Watsonville’s Nature Center in Ramsay Park invites you and your children to the free, bilingual “Family Days” on September 29 & 30, 2018. Join us for a bird watching adventure along our City trails, or enjoy children′s activities at the Nature Center. Feathered fun includes: 

  • Family birdwatching outings  
  • Arts and crafts
  • Science activities

Come explore the wonders of wetlands with your children and create new adventures together. Every fall the Wetlands of Watsonville’s vegetation, beautiful waters and exposed mudflats welcome back thousands of migrating birds passing through on their long journey south. Many even stay for the winter, or raise their chicks here in the spring. With wetlands in California and around the world disappearing, our town’s wetlands play an important role in providing bird habitat. Over 200 species of birds depend on the Wetlands of Watsonville.

Experienced, bilingual guides will help you and your children learn the “tricks of the trade”—where to look, what to look for, and how to identify the many species found in our wetlands. Watch giant herons fly overhead, while pink-legged birds search the mudflats for food with their long bills. Walks leave Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. 

The “Bird Festival Family Days” event is free of charge and binoculars will be provided. Bring comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, water, and binoculars, if you have them. 


Family Bird Watching & Exploration Walks:

  • Saturday, the 29th -11:00 am
  • Sunday, the 30th – 1:30 pm
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Binoculars and instruction provided
  • No birdwatching experience needed


  • Arts & Crafts and Science
  • Activities all day
  • Learn about birds while making bird masks and playing fun games!
  • Snacks and drinks provided

For more information on bilingual family bird walks or kids activities, call the City of Watsonville Nature Center at (831) 768-1622. 

Download the Family Days Flyer:

 Family Days 2018 (English)

 Toda la Familia 2018 (Spanish)


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Join us for a presentation by Native Bird Connections on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 in the Community Rooms in Civic Plaza (275 Main Street). 

Note: The Community Rooms are located on the fourth floor of the Civic Plaza when entering from the street, or drive to the top floor of the parking structure on Rodriguez Street to enter the Community Rooms directly.

Native Bird Connections presents public educational programs with live non-releasable wild raptors. We emphasize Respect, Responsibility, and Reverence throughout while including:

  • the personal stories of how the birds became non releasable
  • a view into the private life and experience of each bird
  • conservation information
  • adaptations, biology, physical attributes and more woven into the dialog