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Friday, March 9, 2018

AUDUBON BIRD WALK at SLO Botanical Garden


What:            Birding at the Garden
Where:          SLO Botanical Garden in El Chorro Regional Park
Leaders:       Eric Wier and Jay Carroll of the Morro Coast Audubon Society
Date/Time:    Saturday, September 8, 9:00-11:00 AM

This bird walk will be approximately one mile long, at a slow to moderate pace, depending on where and how often we’re seeing birds.  The terrain is gentle, over a variety of surfaces.  People of any birding skill level are welcome.  We expect to see dozens of species in a variety of habitats, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, California Scrub-Jay, Western Bluebird and possible nesting Black-headed Grosbeaks and orioles. If you have binoculars please bring them; if not, loaners will be available.

Walk will begin near Garden entrance.
Bird Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members.

Please RSVP.
For more information and to RSVP, contact

County Parks charges a $3 parking fee April – September. Carpool and save!

Eric has been birding since his teen years, and has enjoyed searching out birds from arctic Alaska to Costa Rica. 

Jay’s interest in birds began with shorebird censuses in Elkhorn Slough in the 1970s and later expanded during trips to southeast Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, and Australia. He has lived on the Central Coast for over 35 years.

Additional information can be found on the SLOBG’s Event page:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FIELD TRIP: Santa Margarita Lake

Monday, March 26th

Join park ranger Chuck Woodard and Jan Surbey at Santa Margarita Lake Monday, March 26th from 9-11:30AM 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 11:30AM, 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,   Confirmations are required as the number of participants is limited. 


Welcome to Sweet Springs EAST 

Field trip and Open House for mobility and /or sight impaired persons

Morro Coast Audubon Society issues an Open House invitation to experience the new ADA compliant trail at Ramona Avenue and 4th Street in Los Osos (limited van parking on 4th Street) on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The new one-third mile-long trail is accessible both to persons who are mobility impaired and those who are sight impaired. Bring your friends to enjoy a guided tour and enjoy light refreshments at the patio area as a guest of Audubon.
Audubon hosts will answer questions about the development of the new addition to Sweet Springs Preserve and be available to identify birds. Interpretive signs in raised text and Braille are located along the roped path, boardwalk and the viewing platform. Hear the birds, smell the briny back bay and feel breezes rustle the eucalyptus and cypress trees as you enjoy this nature wonderland. 

(Please note there are no restroom facilities.)

For additional information, contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trips chair,

Monday, February 26, 2018


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Friday, February 23, 2018

MCAS COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Birds of SLO County, 2017 Part !

Birds of San Luis Obispo, 2017, Part 1

Awe Inspiring Bird Photography taken throughout San Luis Obispo County in 2017
with an Artist Reception to precede the Program

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

Monday, March 19th
Reception at  6:30 pm & Program at 7 pm
at SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Park

Birds of SLO, 2017 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. The program will be preceded by an artist reception to honor the photographers. Drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of MCAS. 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.

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