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Birds of SLO County.

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MCAS Birding Guides

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Field Trips!

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MCAS Community Programs

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nancy Vaughan Scholarship ($500) for Cuesta Students - Dec 4th Application Deadline!

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. Click this link to download a pdf of the scholarship application form.
The scholarship application deadline is December 4, 2015

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 must be available to receive the scholarship money at the Morro Coast Audubon Christmas Bird Count dinner on December 19, 2015.

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:

MCAS Nancy Vaughn Scholarship 2015
c/o Morro Coast Audubon Society
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 11, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Community Program - Dave Keeling Presents Birds of SLO County 2014, Part 2

Birds of SLO County 2014, Part 2 (July through December) by Dave Keeling.

Monday October 19th. Reception beginning at 6:30pm, slideshow starts at 7pm.

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 2014 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 once again accompany the presentation. Refreshments will be provided, please bring your own mug.

MCAS Community Programs are 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.

2015 Carrizo Plain CBC Information

The Carrizo Plain CBC will be on January 2, 2016. Registration must be submitted by December 15. The Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count is on a different day than the SLO County CBC, and our local birders are encouraged to participate in both counts. both are free this year. Registration for the Carrizo CBC s less formal and can be done by emailing contacting Roger Zachary at or (805) 466-6222

We will meeting at the Community Center/Fire Station on Soda Lake Road at 8:00 a.m. There is no fee. We usually break the group into 7-8 parties in the morning then re- group at 1 p.m. for lunch and to check the number of species observed. We may be assigning section leaders for those who are dedicated and knowledgeable of certain areas. Bring your own food/ water and come with a full tank of gas. Several parties bird the afternoon depending on what we need to find or confirm. We're looking forward to a productive count as well as a great day of birding.

If you are an experienced birder and know the area please email or call me to let me know that you are participating by no later than Dec. 15.

Roger Zachary,
or (805) 466-6222

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