BIRDS, AND BIRD FANS, BY THE BEACH: Sometimes January gets a bad wrap when it comes to festivals or get-togethers that are mostly outdoors. Yes, it is chilly, but that doesn't mean we need to hole up and forget that animals still flit and roam and can and should be admired. There are nature-focused festivals in winter, like the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, which is on from Jan. 14-17, 2011.
HUNDREDS OF WATCHERS: The fest estimates that about 450 birders attend the long-weekend to-do, armed with important items like binocs and other birdly-admiring goods. Get info on programs and activities. Kayaking the Morro Bay estuary sounds wonderful, pretty much any time of year.