Library showcases upcoming Birding Festival

(A taxidermy red-shafted northern flicker is part of a display at the Watsonville Public Library on Main Street thanks to Cindy Scott, environmental educator for the City of Watsonville Nature Center. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A collection of books about birds, from birding and migration to backyard birding for beginners, is currently on display thanks to the staff at the Watsonville Public Library on Main Street.

Various posters and other information are also dispersed on both floors of the library regarding the upcoming 14th annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival, which is centered in Watsonville, but fans out to outlying regions such as Big Sur and onto the Monterey Bay.

The festival is an ideal climate for anyone interested in learning more about the birds of the region, from the absolute beginner to advanced birders.

Librarian Susan Renison said students K-12 attend free (pre-registration suggested) and families can go to free events, offered in English and Spanish, at the Nature Center and the fourth floor of the Civic Plaza.

“We are making efforts to get the word out about the festival,” Renison said. “There’s a lot you can learn here at the library.”

Cindy Scott, environmental educator for the city’s Nature Center, recently set up a display case just inside the library’s front door. The display centers around a taxidermy red-shafted northern flicker in front of a mirror that Scott installed to allow viewers to also see the back of the brightly colored bird.

“We’re hoping for more kids to get involved with the Birding Festival,” Scott said. “The thing about birding is that anybody can enjoy it.”

The festival runs Sept. 28-30. For information, visit the library, go to or view the insert in this week’s Register-Pajaronian.


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