2018 Registration


Online registration is now closed and will re-open at the festival:

Thursday, September 27, 4:00-5:30PM | Early registration and pre-registered packet pick-up
September 28-30 | Festival registration desk opens at 5:45 AM and remains open throughout the day.

Pre-registered packets will be available for collection on Thursday, September 27, at Festival Headquarters from 4-5:30 p.m. and throughout the Festival.

Click here to see which trips and programs still have openings for on-site registration.



Friday Evening Reception: FREE to all registrants. Please register!

Basic Registration: $75

Choose up to 3 field trips, workshops, and presentations. Friday evening reception is complementary and doesn’t count as one of the choices, but please select if you plan to attend!

Full Festival Pass: $125

Unlimited presentations, workshops, and/or field trips and Friday reception

Student (post high school) Registration with Student ID: $35

Unlimited presentations, workshops, and/or field trips, includes Friday reception

Students K-12: FREE!

Unlimited presentations, workshops, and/or field trips, includes Friday reception

Keynote Presentation Friday Evening only (without Festival Pass): $15

Keynote Presentation Saturday Evening only (without Festival Pass): $15

T-shirts: $20

T-shirts designed by Jeff Manker and illustrated by Anne Tobin. See the front design here.



If you cancel before September 7, 2018 we will refund your registration less a $15 processing fee per registration. Sorry, no refunds after that date. 


PLEASE let us know if you must cancel, so spaces are made available for others. Don’t be a NO SHOW! Call 888-909-7829 or email mbbfregistrar@gmail.com 


Click HERE for a printable version of this page to refer to as you register!

  • Use the Event Descriptions and Program Schedule  to plan your itinerary in advance. Each trip has a number (found in the Program Information and Schedule Grid) to help you quickly find the trip you’re looking for during registration.
  • Register for your highest-priority trips first to have the best chance of securing them. Make sure to also plan multiple alternate choices for each trip, as many trips fill very quickly.
  • Use the “Previous” and “Next” buttons on the form, DO NOT use the back button on your browser, as you might lose your registration.
  • The system times out if it is idle for 30 minutes and your registration will be deleted. This means that if you do not take an action on a page for 30 minutes, such as clicking “Next” or “Add to Cart,” your registration will be deleted.
  • Payments are processed through PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account to pay.
  • There is no password for this system. This means that you cannot re-enter your registration once it is submitted. Contact the Registrar to make changes to your registration: birdregistrar@gmail.com OR 888-909-7829.



Step 1. Enter your basic information. Then, select how many additional people are registering (up to 3 in addition to yourself); enter their basic information. (If you register as a group, you must pay with a single credit card).

Step 2. On the next screen, select a day and then an event on that day. Select (check) all the people in your group who want to go on that event–their names appear with check boxes on the right-hand side of the page. Click Register/Add to Cart.

The registration summary will appear at the bottom of the page.

IMPORTANT: Pay close attention to the message for each attendee after clicking Register/Add to Cart. If the event is full, there will be a red error message and the trip will not be added to your registration summary at the bottom of the screen.

Continue on this screen to select events on each day for each person. You must click Register/Add to Cart for each new event before going on to the next event. An updated summary of your registrations appears at the bottom of the page each time you click Register/Add to cart.

Step 3. After you have made your event selections, they are held for you until you complete the payment process. Take time to verify the event selections of each person in your group. Remember to use the Previous button at the bottom of the page if you need to go back and make a change! Fill in your contact information, and the contact information for the rest of your party.

Step 4. Fill in your payment details. Payments are processed through PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account to pay for the registration. If you prefer to use a credit card, when you arrive at the PayPal payment screen, simply click the gray box at the bottom of the screen that says “Pay with Debit or Credit Card.”


After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email (one per group). The confirmation will include a link for you to review your itinerary. Be sure to carefully review the itinerary for each person in your group. Please check your junk mail or spam folders if you do not see an email right away. If there is a problem with your registration, please email: mbbfregistrar@gmail.com or leave a message at 888-909-7829

A second confirmation email will be sent as soon as your payment clears.


On opening day, if you are open ahead of time, REFRESH your screen at 8 a.m. July 7. For Windows users this is CTRL + F5 (F5 button at top of keyboard). For MAC users this is APPLE + R or COMMAND + R.

If you encounter an Error dialog box*, it is most likely because of a navigation error. Follow the dialog directions.