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Click to contact MCAS Board Members and Chairs. Photo: Dave Tyra

Birds of SLO County.

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MCAS Birding Guides

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Field Trips!

Click to read about MCAS field trips. Photo: Paul Andreano

MCAS Community Programs

Click to read about monthly MCAS community programs. Photo: Al Schmirer

Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring 2016 Education Outreach

Members of Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) Education Committee spent a wonderful Spring visiting classrooms throughout the county, and leading bird walks for the students and their families.

During the month of April bird walks were lead for nine third-grade classrooms at Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton.

Other events during the Spring season included leading field trips in Paso Robles for YouthWorks, 4-H youngsters, and their families.

Ten classroom presentations of our "Birds In Your Neighborhood" program were given at various elementary schools in Cayucos, Cambria, and Morro Bay this spring.

This committee of extremely dedicated men and women delight in sharing their love of birds and other wildlife with teachers, students, and their families. Each and every one of these individuals helped to promote the mission of MCAS to protect birds, wildlife, and the environment of our earth.

Huge thanks from MCAS to Karen Beckman, Bart Beckman, Vicky Johnsen, Kathleen Kent, Jackie Knowlton, Ann Little, Teddy Llovet, Kaaren Perry, Audrey Weichert, and Kyle Weichert for reaching over 500 boys and girls in SLO county during the Spring of 2016!

Kaaren Perry MCAS Education Chair.

[Drawing by Jaxon, grade 3, Vineyard Elementary School]

MCAS Community Progam: Birds and Climate Change, two important presentations


Please join us on Monday, May 16th, at 7pm at SLO Botanical Garden's Oak Glen Pavilion for informative talks by Chad Wilsey and Sharon Rippner.

Refreshments will be provided.

Download Flyer for more details.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MCAS Community Program-The Importance of Soundscapes to Birds and Birders

**WHEN:  Monday, April 18th, 7:00 pm

**WHERE:  SLO Botanical Garden's Oak Glen Pavilion, El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek Road across from Cuesta College

**WHAT:  Clint Francis, an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly, will review what we know about birds’ reliance on the acoustic realm, present an overview of how birds respond to human-­made noise and discuss some new Cal Poly research aimed at understanding how people’s experiences in and with nature can hinge on the integrity of the acoustic environment.

A brief annual membership meeting will be held prior to the program to vote on the slate of candidates nominated to serve as Board members.

MCAS Community Programs are Free and Open to the public.
All ages are welcome.
Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own mug.

For more information, call 805-772-1991 or visit

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Shorebirds 101: Field trip Friday, April 1st, Morro Strand

Sanderlings, Photo courtesy Dawn Beattie
Join leaders Norma Wightman and Jan Surbey for this trip along Morro Strand on Friday, April 1st , 4:30-6:30am. APRIL FOOL! The legitimate time is 8:30-10:30am.

Targeted for beginners, but all ages and experience levels welcome. Expect to walk about a mile along the beach. Meet at the Azure entrance to the beach at the north end of the Cloisters. (Turn towards the ocean at San Jacinto off Highway 1 in Morro Bay, then turn left when road ends to the Azure parking lot.) The Azure restrooms are not always unlocked, so plan to arrive a little early and use the restrooms located near the playground in the middle of the Cloisters if necessary. Dressing in “layers” recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them; if not, the leaders will have some binoculars you may borrow for the trip. No RSVP needed. Rain cancels.

For additional information, contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trip chair:

Monday, March 21, 6:30PM reception, 7:00PM presentation
Dave Keeling Presents: Best Bird Photos of 2015 Part 1

@ El Chorro Park, SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion (across from Cuesta College)

Dave Keeling will again coordinate this annual event, one of MCAS's most well attended annual programs! The presentation will consist of beautiful images of birds photographed in our county in 2015 by many of our finest local nature photographers.

A reception to meet the photographers will precede the program at 6:30pm. Guitarists Jack Collins and Bob Clark will accompany the presentation.

Refreshments will be provided, please bring your own mug.