Contact MCAS

Click above link or image to contact MCAS Board Members and Chairs. Photo: Dave Tyra

Birds of SLO County

Click above link or image to read or download SLO County bird checklists. Photo: Teddy Llovet

MCAS Birding Guides

Click above link or image to discover our trove of SLO County bird finding guides. Photo: Maggie Smith

Field Trips!

Click above link or image to read about MCAS field trips. Photo: Paul Andreano

MCAS Community Programs

Click above link or image to read about monthly MCAS community programs. Photo: Al Schmirer

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Nancy Vaughan Scholarship Award-

The MCAS Nancy Vaughan Scholarship Award is available to Cuesta College students that meet the criteria listed below. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested, as the application deadline is approaching.

Download Scholarship Application (PDF)

The scholarship application deadline is December 2, 2016

Scholarship Application Criteria:
  1. A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Student must currently be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units at Cuesta College.
  3. Applicant must be interested in and pursuing a career involving some aspect of caring for our natural environment, such as biology, wildlife conservation, ecology, animal care, water and air quality, or any other related field.
  4. One letter of recommendation is required. Letters from instructors, counselors, employers, and community members are preferred.
  5. Candidate will be awarded the scholarship money at the Morro Coast Audubon Christmas Bird Count dinner on December 16, 2017 (held at the Botanical Gardens in San Luis Obispo).
Scholarship Guidelines:
  1. Selection of Recipients
    Selections will be based on student’s overall academic progress, financial need, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and participation in community activities.
  2. Notice of Awards
    Students will be notified by e-mail or phone of any scholarship award or denial.
  3. Renewal of Scholarship
    Scholarship may be renewed, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds. Students must re-apply for a continuation of the scholarship. Please attach a separate sheet describing how the scholarship benefited you and why it should be renewed.

Mail your application to:

Morro Coast Audubon Society
% Stephanie Little
PO Box 1507
Morro Bay, CA 93443

If you have any questions, you can email Stephanie Little at

Applicants will be notified of scholarship award or denial by December 4, 2017.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FIELD TRIP - Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake Field Trip, October 20th

Join park ranger Chuck Woodard and Jan Surbey at Santa Margarita Lake Friday, October 20th from 9-11:30 AM for a birding walk along the shoreline in search of waterfowl and oak woodland species.

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 AM, but those who choose to may bring a picnic lunch and remain in the park for the rest of the day.

For more information, directions to the lake, and to CONFIRM, please contact Jan at  Confirmations are required as the number of participants is limited.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


View Awe-Inspiring Bird Photography taken throughout San Luis Obispo County 
Artist Reception precedes the Program

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

WHEN: Monday, October 16th, Artist Reception 6:30 pm, Program 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 best 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.  All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. And, as always, all ages are welcome.

A small selection of photos from this month's program (clockwise from upper left):
Northern Flicker - Pat Baxter, Townsend’s Warbler - Marcia Beckley-Kane,
Double-crested Cormorant - Alice Cahill, Townsend’s Solitaire - Bill Bouton

Saturday, September 30, 2017


Work is continuing on access improvements to East Sweet Springs and it's looking GREAT! A few photos below.

If you have donated to this project, please accept our thanks and appreciation.
If you have not yet donated and would like to, go here.
Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Also, if you can, please join us October 1st to recognized the Circle of Friends donors AND get a tour of East Sweet Springs construction thus far.  More Info...

Now... for the photos...

Close-up photo of bird blind: This is the amazing view from the new platform through the bird blind with openings at various heights.  The blind will help screen us from our feathered friends on the bay, allowing them to go about their normal behaviors.

Side view of platform: The viewing platform and bird blind will give individuals and even moderately sized groups an opportunity to enjoy splendid views from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  Generous members of Morro Coast Audubon Society and the community at large made construction of the expansion project possible.

Pathway construction: The pathway and boardwalk from 4th Street to the viewing platform is being constructed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.  The width, surface and gradient will be negotiable by persons in wheelchairs, and many features are being included for sight impaired visitors.

Monday, September 25, 2017


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