Join lifelong bird nerd Seth Shteir to learn about the ecological importance of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The Preserve is one of the ten largest willow and cottonwood riparian areas in the state, and an internationally recognized bird watching destination. The Canyon is an important pit stop for migrating birds seeking food, water and shelter, and an excellent habitat for resident species as well.

Attendees will learn the basics of bird ecology, identification and conservation on this easy walk. Find out why birds are important in our ecosystems and to humans. Binoculars will be provided!

Sunday, October 2 – 8:00 am -10:00 am

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve parking lot – 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley, CA

Attendance limited, please RSVP. FREE admission.

Contact: Seth Shteir, National Parks Conservation Association – 760-332-9776

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is now protected within the Sand to Snow National Monument. Previously it was identified for decades as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), but had been under repeated threat of development that would have razed the rich riparian habitat. 

This event is featured as part of a series of California Desert Centennial Celebrations, honoring 100 years of the National Park Service, and raising awareness for the next 100 years of all of our public lands. For more events visit