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Birds of SLO County

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MCAS Birding Guides

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Field Trips!

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MCAS Community Programs

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Monday, June 26, 2017


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Friday, May 26, 2017

MCAS COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Annual June Bird/Bat Walks and Picnic


WHEN: Monday, June 19th beginning at 5 pm

WHERE: El Chorro Regional Park, Poppy Group Picnic Area (near the entrance and across from the ball park)

5 - 6:15 pm – Bird Walk - Join Audrey and Kyle Weichert for a bird walk around El Chorro Regional Park.

6:15 - 7:30-ish – Potluck Picnic - Bring your main dish, a side dish to share, your own reusable table setting, and a picnic tablecloth (if you’d like). Assorted soft drinks will be provided by MCAS hospitality. This no charge event is open to all, of any age.

~8:00 – Bat Walk - After dusk Audrey and Kyle will lead a bat walk around the park.

Come and join us for FOOD and FUN!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear with Jessica Griffiths

WHAT: Field Trip: Birding by Ear
WHEN: Saturday, June 10th
WHERE: El Chorro Regional Park
LEADER: Jessica Griffiths

This will be the third, and final, Birding by Ear trip this season. We are again limiting the number of participants to 15.  For exact meeting TIME and LOCATION and to RESERVE a spot on this trip, please contact Jan at

Jessica Griffiths will again lead this Birding by Ear trip, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th at El Chorro Regional Park.

Bring water, snacks, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather.  Sturdy shoes are recommended as there will be 1-2 miles of slow walking.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up and all levels of birding expertise.  Although the field trip itself is being offered FREE of charge, there is a $5 per vehicle fee to enter the park on weekends this time of year.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

FIELD TRIP: Birding the De Anza Watershed

What: Birding the de Anza Trail and watershed
When: Friday June 2nd and Saturday June 3rd
Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Where: see map link below under Directions:

Join Roger Zachary, local Audubon field-trip leader, as we walk along the de Anza Trail section of the Atascadero Mutual Water Company’s property. We will be “birding” in mixed oak woodland and riparian woodland along the Salinas River. We should be able to identify approximately 30 or more bird species.

Sign-up early.  There is a LIMIT to the number of participants. To REGISTER, and for more details, go to

We will be meeting at the Anza Horse Arena parking lot at 7:30 am. While we do start birding in that area, please be on time. If something should arise that morning, or you get lost, contact Jaime Hendrickson at 235-8976 or Roger Zachary at 458-8838.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and your own binoculars. I will email out the list of birds we see the following week.

There is no water or restroom facilities at the site. Home Depot and Starbucks are the closest facilities.

Please note that North Ferrocarril and Ferrocarril DO NOT connect and web directions can easily take you to the wrong access.