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Newport Bay Conservancy co-hosts World Wetlands Day celebration

Newport Bay Conservancy is co-hosting the two-day World Wetlands Day celebration for the public, along with the Sea & Sage Audubon Society, Amigos de Bolsa Chica and Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy. The event takes place on January 29 and 30.

The theme for this celebration is Migratory Birds of the Pacific Flyway. Saturday, Jan. 29 will feature online symposium talks by eight migratory bird experts. Then return on Sunday, Jan. 30 for optional behind-the-scenes tours of the wetlands of Orange County to observe some migratory and resident birds. The speakers will cover everything from new technologies used to track migrating birds to conservation issues regarding wetlands of California’s Central Valley. All talks take place via Zoom and the link will be emailed to attendees before the event.

The symposium is free, but you are welcome to make a voluntary donation, which will be split equally between the four sponsoring organizations.

Among the five scheduled tours on Sunday, Jan. 30, two provide you with an experience at Upper Newport Bay.

–Tour 4: Big Canyon Bird Tour with Newport Bay Conservancy from 8-11:30 a.m. Meet at Big Canyon Parking Lot located on Back Bay Drive (turn right on Back Bay Drive from San Joaquin Hills Road). The maximum number of participants is 20.

Note: True rain will cancel this event, but the threat of rain or a light drizzle will not.

–Tour 5: Kayak Tour of Upper Newport Bay with the Newport Bay Conservancy from 12-2 p.m. Meet at the Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. The maximum number of participants is 20. Cost: $10/kayaker, which supports the maintenance of their kayak equipment.

For tickets, the speaker line-up and more information, go here.