The Museum showcases one of the most extensive bird collections on display on the West Coast. Use the Museum's bird collection of 291 bird species and 409 life mounted birds to identify the birds you’ve seen throughout Monterey County. Witness the size of a mighty California Condor, the Yellow-billed Magpie, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and the Tri-colored Blackbird, to name a few.
The Museum's strong bird collection reflect's the fact that Monterey County is one of the most important sites for bird life in North America. It is one of the top 5 destinations in North America to bird watch. Monterey County has one of the highest single-day bird counts in the country. 482 different species of birds have been sighted in Monterey County.
This rich bird sighting experience reflects the huge diversity of habitats in this area – the most accessible within a single day trip. Its coastal wetlands support thousands of birds and dozens of species that migrate along the Pacific Flyway. Many migrating birds reach Monterey wetlands from breeding areas in the Arctic. These birds spend the winter here or pause before continuing their trip to Mexico, Central and South America. Others come from breeding areas on the American prairies, inland lakes and marshes of the southwest, or even the Gulf of California. The Monterey coastline is also second-to-none when it comes to spotting Pelagic (open seas or ocean) birds.