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MCAS Community Programs

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Monday, February 20, 2017

CANCELLED - MCAS Community Program: The Salton Sea


-- due to unfavorable road conditions for speaker to drive to SLO from So. California.--

What: The Salton Sea: A New Vision And Why It Is So Important To Birds
Where: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek Road across from Cuesta College

Presented by Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California.

For more info about Andrea, listen to recording and read short article, "Andrea Jones is fighting for the Salton Sea," at 

All MCAS programs are free and open to the public and, as always, all ages are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own mug/cup.

Birds of San Luis Obispo, 2016, Part 1

Anna's Hummingbird by Marcia Beckley-Kane Bushtit by Jack Clayton
Awe Inspiring Bird Photography taken throughout San Luis Obispo County in 2016
with an Artist Reception to precede the Program.

Program Coordinated and Presented by David Keeling
With music by Bob Clark and Jack Collins

WHEN: Monday, March 20th -- Reception at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00 pm
WHERE: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Park

Birds of SLO, 2016 is a two part slide show featuring a very large number of outstanding images of over 200 species of birds taken last year by fifteen of the finest nature photographers in the county. The photos are amazing and their impact is heightened by the synergistic effect of live guitar accompaniment by Jack Collins and Bob Clark.

If you enjoy birds and birding, you’ll enjoy the evening. It will be great entertainment and motivation to get out and bird more often in our county. You’d be hard pressed to come up with an example of anything quite like it.

The program will be preceded by an artist reception to honor the photographers.

Drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of MCAS. Please bring your own mug.

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Children write thank-you notes

Throughout the year the MCAS Education team gives talks and leads bird watching field trips for children at various schools in SLO county. Some of the students write Thank You notes. Here are just two, sent in December 2016, that were gratefully received by the team. 

The eight Third-Grade classroom presentations, to Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton during the week of January 10th, went off without a hitch. The team will be visiting those classes again in the Spring for an opportunity to take the students on a bird watching field trip along the riparian/grassland areas that border their campus.

Schedules are now being put together by various team members for presentations and field trips for the upcoming school months. You can contact the Education Chair, Kaaren Perry, at, for more information about possibilities at your school.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Santa Margarita Lake Field Trip, NEW DATE! Saturday, February 25th

NOTE: DATE HAS CHANGED!! Now on Saturday, 2/25

Join park ranger Chuck Woodard and Jan Surbey for this Morro Coast Audubon Society trip at Santa Margarita Lake SATURDAY, February 25th from 9AM-11:30AM for a birding walk along the shoreline in search of waterfowl and oak woodland species. 

All ages and all experience levels welcome, although best suited for beginning and intermediate birders. One-two miles walking; bring binoculars, water, and snacks.  Trip will conclude by 11:30, but those who choose may bring a picnic lunch and remain in the park for the rest of the day. Rain cancels.

For park information, directions to the lake and to CONFIRM, please contact Jan,  

Monday, January 30, 2017

All About Migration Talk at the SLO Botanical Gardens

All About Migration 

Mark your calendar for 1:00-3:00 PM on Saturday, March 11th.

When spring is in full swing, birds are on the wing!  Every year, millions of birds migrate incredible distances.  How and why do they do it? Join Jessica Griffiths for an fascinating look at the phenomenon of bird migration.  Learn about the remarkable adaptations birds have for long-distance travel as we answer such questions as: How do birds know where to go? How do their bodies change to prepare for the journey? How many miles per gallon would a migrating warbler get? The presentation will touch on bird physiology and behavior, and will highlight the latest scientific research on migration.

Jessica Griffiths has been working as a field biologist for over 15 years.  She grew up in Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College outside of Boston. She then spent the next few years traveling around the country working for non-profits and government agencies in 7 states with a focus on songbird ecology. She received her Masters at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she studied monarch butterflies. She currently works as a biologist for Althouse & Meade, Inc. She is also actively involved with Morro Coast Audubon Soceity, and leads bird walks year-round for birders of all ages.

Sponsored by San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. MCAS members get same entrance fee as SLOBG members: $5 (no ID required).

Additional information is on the website.