MCAS' Local Destinations

Click to read about MCAS birding locations like the 4th Street Overlook and Sweet Springs Preserve. Photo: Dave Tyra

Birds of SLO County 2013.

Follow this link to see the slideshow. Photo: Teddy Llovet

MCAS Birding Guides

Follow this link to discover our trove of SLO County birding guides. Photo: Maggie Smith

Field Trips!

Click to read about MCAS field trips. Photo: Paul Andreano

MCAS Community Programs

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Morro Bay Shorebird Survey - Volunteers Needed!

Hi- it's time again for the annual Morro Bay shorebird survey where we count all the birds in Morro Bay - volunteers are needed on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 am to 11 am. If weather forces a cancellation, the backup date is Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 am to 10 am.

If you would like to participate, please email me at

If you are a beginner, please let me know and I will assign you with someone.

If you have participated before, and request a certain area, please let me know which area you prefer.

Kayakers are always needed so please let me know if you'd like to kayak or canoe.

Thanks - Morro Coast Audubon, Audubon California, and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program appreciate your help with this important project!

Dave Tyra, President, Morro Coast Audubon Society, Paso Robles, CA

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Field Trip - Bird Walk in the Watershed - June 5th and 6th

"Bird Walk in the Watershed"
Friday and Saturday, June 5th &6th, 7:30-11:00am

Join Roger Zachary, local Audubon field trip leader, for a walk along the de Anza Trail section of the Atascadero Mutual Water Company’s property. We will be birding in mixed oak woodland and riparian woodland along the Salinas River. 

We should be able to identify approximately 40-50 species. It is an easy walk of about 2 miles. There are no public restrooms at the trailhead; the nearest restrooms are located at Home Depot.

Space is limited, and reservations are required. 

Please call Jaime at 805-464-5347 or email to reserve your space, for directions, or with general questions.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Community Program - Annual June Picnic and Bird Walk - June 15th

Annual June Bird Walk and Picnic
Monday, June 15th at 5PM
Mariposa Group Area, El Chorro Regional Park

MCAS will be holding our annual June Bird Walk and Picnic onMonday June 15 at the Mariposa Group area across from the Oak Glen Pavilion. Join Kyle and Audrey Weichert for a bird walk from5 to 6PM around El Chorro Regional Park. 

Afterwards, from 6 to 7:30PM, the potluck picnic will be held. Bring your main dish, a side dish to share, your own reusable table setting in addition to a picnic tablecloth if you have one. Assorted soft drinks will be provided by MCAS hospitality. 

The event is open to all at no charge.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Community Program - Birding in the Family by Tom and Owen Slater - May 18th

Monday, May 18. Program: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Birding in the Family, Tom and Owen Slater will share their father/son adventures as they developed their skills. Also, Sounds of Spring, Tom Graves will share his bird recordings.

Location: San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion, 3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, 93405

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public.

Event contact phone number: 439-2016,

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fied Trip - Birding by Ear in San Simeon - Sat, May 2nd

Jessica Griffiths will again lead this Birding by Ear trip, which will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at San Simeon. Exact meeting time and location will be given to those with confirmed reservations.

Due to the popularity of the first Birding by Ear trip this season, we are now limiting the number of participants to 15. Participants must contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trips chair, to request and receive a confirmed reservation for the trip.

Bring water, snacks, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended as there will be 1-2 miles of slow walking with some ups and downs along the trail. Appropriate for ages 12 and up and all levels of birding expertise. This is a FREE trip; no fees charged.

To reserve a spot(s) on this trip, please contact

Monday, April 13, 2015

Field Trip - Memorial Day Weekend in Kern Valley, Sierras, Mojave and more!

Reserve now! A few reservations remain for the Kern County trip!

Now is the time to reserve your opportunity to join MCAS in a weekend long birding extravaganza to Kern County. 

Join leaders Bob Barnes or John Schmitt over Memorial Day weekend, May 21st-25th searching for birds in the Kern River Valley, southern Sierra, and the Mojave desert. The participant-driven itinerary tentatively includes trips to Butterbredt Springs and Galileo Hill. 

This 4 day trip will require participants to pay leader fees (base fee plus food and gas). Fees are estimated to be about $65 per person, paid to MCAS prior to receiving a “confirmed reservation”. This trip is limited to 12 participants, first to reserve, first served. Additional expenses will be your own lodging, food, and gas. Additional information, leader bios, reservation information and instructions are available from Jan Surbey,

Friday, April 10, 2015

NAS Board Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida - Highlights by Stephanie Little

Report to Chapter Leaders in the Pacific Flyway - South Region

Stephanie Little, NAS Regional Director
April 2015

This communication is provided as a periodic update for chapter leaders on recent activities on the National Audubon Society Board of Directors in my role as the Pacific Flyway — South Regional Director.

Highlights of the NAS Board Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida: The National Audubon Society Board of Directors Meeting took place in Amelia Island, Florida from February 5 through 8, 2015. Audubon President, David Yarnold, shared highlights of that Board meeting in a recent President’s Report to chapter leaders. His report frames a lasting impression and important message taken from the Board meeting: the power of the Audubon network. We heard the account of how Audubon Florida and the Audubon chapters in Florida, worked together as “One Audubon” to get Florida’s Amendment One on the ballot through an extensive petition effort and then advocate and “get out the vote” in support of the measure. Florida’s Amendment One received a favorable vote from 75% of the voters.

This success by Audubon with other conservation partners in Florida established a $19 billion dollar fund to support conservation work in Florida over the next twenty years. The message is clear; when we mobilize the Audubon network for concerted action we achieve extraordinary results and effect “conservation at scale!” Audubon is providing new tools to support our initiatives. The “new” Audubon Website was unveiled at the meeting that includes significant upgrades and functionality. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit the website. During the coming year, the plan is to extend the architecture of the site to state offices and centers. The website is just one of the tools available to chapters leaders. Other tools include Audubon Works, the monthly Audubon Policy Calls, David Yarnold’s periodic President’s Reports, the monthly Chapter Leader communication, and the opportunity to participate in the various chapter gatherings that are scheduled.

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National Audubon board members, Audubon staff, and chapter leaders were treated to a bird walk lead by Julie Wraithmell, Audubon Florida’s Director of Wildlife Conservation. Photos by Hugh Simmons.

Working Across the Flyway: National Audubon’s piping plover work in the Bahamas was just featured on the PBS NewsHour. It is a wonderful story that draws the connection between birds, people, and places. Check out the segment here:

Use Audubon Works! Audubon Works is an important network building tool that will benefit from the expanded participation and use by chapter leaders throughout the network. It provides a means to access training through WebEx support, a forum for individual chapter leaders to request ideas or offer ideas to others in the network. Group Forums exist for Chapters, Advocacy, Bird Friendly Communities, and Climate. A Library of resources exists and continues to grow for individuals across the Audubon network to access. Go to to access Audubon Works.

Council Meetings: Chapter Council Meetings continue to be a great opportunity for collaboration and network building. I encourage chapters to send representatives to these meetings. If I can’t attend the Council Meetings I will try and call or skype in. Check out details for each of the upcoming California council meetings at

Audubon Convention! Get ready for the Audubon Convention in Leesburg, Virginia on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2015. At the Amelia Island Board Meeting, members of the National Audubon Board stepped up to make personal contributions to underwrite a scholarship program for the convention. Details on the scholarships, registration and the workshops are forthcoming. Keep posted and check it out at
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Photos of the Convention Site provided by Lansdowne Resort.

Upcoming Board Meetings — The next board meeting will be held in Alaska in June. I’ll be in touch again afterward to give you a report on the topics discussed at the meeting. Please feel free to contact me at, if you have any questions.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Community Program - Seabird Studies in Alaska by Lisa Andreano - April 20th

Monday, April 20th 7pm

Lisa Andreano, a State Parks Environmental Scientist, has spent 12 summers in Alaska conducting seabird monitoring for the USFWS’s Migratory Bird Management program. Her talk will emphasize studies conducted at Cape Peirce on the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Lisa graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology and is now working toward her Master’s in Biology. In addition to her State Parks career, she is also an adjunct professor at Cal Poly for both the BioSci and Forestry and Natural Resources Management Departments.

MCAS Community Programs are usually presented on the third Monday of each month, at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion, in El Chorro Regional Park, on Highway 1 across from Cuesta College. All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome.

Here is a map to the Oak Glen Pavillion at El Chorro Regional Park.
For more information, call (805) 772-1991