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

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MCAS Community Programs

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

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.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

2015 Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count Highlights

The Morro Bay CBC was held yesterday. Rainy weather finally gave way to mostly clear skies in the early afternoon, though mostly cloudy skies were back by late afternoon.

Thanks to approximately 112 dedicated counters, we were able to overcome the poor conditions and tally 190 species.

Count highlights were: Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Elegant Tern, Spotted Owl, Long-eared Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Short-eared Owl, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Hooded Oriole, and Bullock’s Oriole.

Big thanks to Maggie Smith, Bert and Elaine Townsend, Kaaren Perry, Bill Bouton, Eric Wier, and Mike Stiles for helping organize the count. And, thanks to Paul Andreano for making it so easy to use the web site to sign-up and download count information.

Tom Edell
Count Compiler
Cayucos, CA

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 MCAS Annual Shorebird Survey Results

Thank you, volunteer counters for your Shorebird Survey counts.  The total number counted was over 16,000!

The most birds counted were on the sand spit (area 13), the marina areas (6/7) and Morro Strand Beach,
(areas 14/15), probably due to tide conditions.

Notable birds seen were a single White-faced Ibis on the inner sand spit near the harbor entrance, and 5 American Pipits on Morro Strand Beach.

You can learn more about the MCAS  Shorebird Monitoring Program here.

You can download the 2015 Shorebird Survey data spreadsheet (.xlsx) here.


Dave Tyra
MCAS President