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Monday, September 11, 2017

SWEET SPRINGS EAST Update




Here are a couple updates about what is being done.  More updates to come.




Some of the areas where the construction contractor is working were habitat for the federally endangered Morro shoulderband snail.  Qualified, specifically permitted biologists and assistants needed to survey these areas for shoulderband snails.  When live snails were found, they were carefully relocated to safe areas that wouldn't be disturbed by construction activities.  The project needed a special permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow relocation of the snails.







The viewing platform and bird blind were designed to provide visitors an opportunity to view the bay and wildlife.  The vertical blind (a partial wall) is intended to hide the human form.  Together with visitors using quiet voices, this should result in less disturbance to birds and better viewing.  The blind has openings at different levels to accommodate people of various heights.  The decomposed granite pathway, boardwalk and viewing platform were designed and are being constructed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements


You can donate to this project at 2017 Sweet Springs Support Drive.  Donations of any size are greatly apprecieated!

Hi Mountain Outlook - OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL EVENT


Hi Mountain Lookout Project & the California Condor Recovery Program

16th Annual Hi Mountain Condor Lookout Open House and Social Event

Sunday, October 8, 2017 3:00 – 5:30pm

Location: Saucelito Canyon Winery Tasting Room, 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd. San Luis Obsipo, CA

Nestled in the rugged terrain of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley, Saucelito Canyon Vineyard specializes in estate-grown Zinfandel crafted from old vines planted in 1880. A passion for traditional hands-on winemaking ensures that each wine represents an authentic expression of the estate vineyard and its unique microclimate. Website at: saucelitocanyon.com

$15 per person donation request at the door (cash or check made out to ‘MCAS Hi Mountain Lookout Project’, no credit cards); college students with I.D. $10; children free. Join us for complimentary cheese and wine tasting, socializing among friends, live folk/bluegrass music, silent auction fundraiser, and an update on the California Condor Recovery Program and Hi Mountain Lookout Project.

Condor Benefit Mixer at the tasting room, 2009 Saucelito Canyon

Come and discover one of the largest and most endangered flying birds of North America. California Condors are radio tracked from Hi Mountain Lookout, flying near release and nesting sites in Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park in Central California, and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, and Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Southern California. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about condor biology and the reintroduction of these magnificent birds back to the wild.

The Hi Mountain Lookout Project is a collaboration between Morro Coast Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service at Los Padres National Forest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program, Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department, Ventana Wildlife Society, and Pinnacles National Park.

For other information go to www.condorlookout.org and to the Hi Mountain Lookout Facebook page.

To RSVP for the event please contact
Steve Schubert at (805) 440-9390 or
e-mail at s_schub1@msn.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sweet Springs CELEBRATION - OCTOBER 1st!

Sweet Springs Circle of Friends Plaque Celebration: 
October 1st!

Come one, come all and help MCAS thank donors who have donated at least $500 to be used at Sweet Springs. Check out the new plaque kiosk located next to the current kiosk at the entrance to Central Sweet Springs and enjoy snacks, wine, and soft drinks. A birding tour and possible walk-through of the not-yet-complete access improvements at East will precede the celebration. Birding begins at 3PM; celebration begins at 4PM.

The MCAS Board will be hosting this Circle celebration in October rather than the traditional date in May. Since the 2017 fund drive began early in order to raise the needed funds to begin construction of the access improvements at the East Expansion Project, the Board decided to delay the celebration until the fall.

This celebration will honor both the 2016 donors and the 2017 donors thus far. Circle funds received after September 1 will be awarded plaques in May 2018.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY: Jun-Jul 2017

To view or download EUREKA!, click READ MORE, then click "Pop-out" icon in top-right corner.

Friday, August 25, 2017

COMMUNITY PROGRAM: The Salton Sea


The Salton Sea:
A New Vision and Why it is so Important to Birds

PRESENTER: Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California
WHEN: Monday, SEPTEMBER 18th, beginning at 7 pm
WHERE: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Park

From Audubon California: “The Salton Sea is one of the most important places for birds in North America and is in danger of losing its ecological value. If it does, we will lose a vital part of the Pacific Flyway and face a toxic dust bowl that will threaten public health for more than a million Californians.” In 2017, the Salton Sea will lose its water inputs from the Colorado River, which will dramatically shrink the sea and result in a rapid rise in salinity. Andrea Jones will speak about why the Salton is so important, and what can be done to keep it as a habitat for birds.

Andrea Jones leads Audubon California’s coastal programs and works with staff and the network of Audubon chapters across the state to implement conservation projects at high priority to Important Bird Areas (IBAs). She oversees efforts in priority bird species and serves as the spokeswoman for bird conservation across California. Andrea received her M.S. in Wildlife Conservation/Ornithology and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a past member of Morro Coast Audubon.


All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

OPEN Brochure

NOTE: this program replaces the originally scheduled Bats program that has been moved to Monday, November 20th.