Regretfully, John Muir Laws is unable to attend the Monterey Bay Birding Festival this coming weekend due to a family emergency. John sends his sincere apologies to all who have enrolled in his workshops and to those who planned to attend his Friday evening keynote address.

We are pleased to announce that Debi Shearwater has graciously agreed to step in for John to give the keynote address; her talk is: Forty Years of California Seabirding. This will be a wonderful prelude to the presentation of the Ludlow Griscom Award to Debi by the American Birding Association the following evening, prior to Jonathan Franzen’s presentation. Between Debi and Jonathan, we are excited that this year’s festival will offer unique perspectives on seabirds!

Further, John has arranged for Marley Peifer to conduct the morning and afternoon workshops in his stead.

Marley Peifer is a naturalist, artist, and educator who strives for a reintegration of art with science. Nature journaling has been a fundamental practice for Marley ever since he discovered how it improved his observation and learning. He strongly believes that a journal should be in the toolkit of every birder and naturalist. Marley has worked with John Muir Laws for several years including on a recent safari in Tanzania. His favorite birds are scissor tail flycatchers and accipiters.

Please look at his website to see about Marley’s remarkable work.

Although you will be disappointed that John Muir Laws will not be with us this weekend, we trust that you will enjoy presentations by these remarkable naturalists and educators. 


Monterey Bay Birding Association Board of Directors