Hundreds of bird species call the Central Coast home and local birders got their binoculars ready to catch a glimpse of them.
Bird enthusiasts flocked to Art Center Morro Bay Sunday for the special "For the Birds" exhibit, showcasing paintings and photography of Morro Bay's indigenous avian species.
The art exhibit is shown in conjunction with the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival which runs all week.
Pacific Wildlife Care, the only licensed rehabilitation center for injured animals in San Luis Obispo County, brought a large, rescued bird to the reception for people to see.
Visitors could also tour bird habitats including deep water pelagic, oak woodland and riparian, wetland and estuary, and the grassland habitat of the Carrizo Plain.
Organizers say the event is a way to appreciate birds and wildlife and to be aware of local environmental issues.
The event is sponsored by the Morro Coast Audubon Society in collaboration with California State Parks, the Central Coast State Parks Association, and the City of Morro Bay.