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

Birds of SLO County

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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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

FIELD TRIP: Shorebirds 101

Shorebirds 101: Field trip Tuesday, August 29th,  Morro Strand

Join leaders Norma Wightman and Jan Surbey and the returning shorebirds for this trip along Morro Strand on Tuesday, August 29th, from 8:30-10AM.

Targeted for beginners, but all ages and experience levels welcome. Expect to walk about a mile or two along the beach.

Meet at the Morro Strand campground entrance to the beach at the north end of the campground. (Turn towards the ocean at Yerba Buena off Highway 1 in Morro Bay, then turn left when road bends to the campground). Restrooms are available in the campground. 

Dressing in “layers” recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them; if not, the leaders will have some binoculars you may borrow for the trip. No RSVP needed. 

For additional information, contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trip chair:

Thursday, August 3, 2017


MCAS Community Program: All About BATS!

Do you think bats are scary?
Learn the truth about bats with Blind Bat Educational Programs.

Presented by Melinda Alvarado

WHEN: Monday, September 18th 7 pm
WHERE: El Chorro Regional Park, Oak Glen Pavilion

This presentation will include a slide show and feature live, tame bats of several species for viewing and discussion. All ages, kindergarten through adult, will benefit and appreciate this chance to examine the real world of bats.

Myths, superstitions, and misconceptions about these highly beneficial mammals are discussed and replaced with factual learning about the ecological importance of bats and their roles in many ecosystems as insect controllers, pollinators, and seed dispersers.

Discover why bats don't get headaches from hanging upside down, and why you don't have to worry about bats getting stuck in your hair.

Melinda will also show why:
• Bats are the only significant hunter of night flying insect pests.
• They are NOT blind, and are much more closely related to humans than rodents.
• There are almost 1,100 species of bats worldwide, the second largest order of mammal.
• Only about 1 in 1,000 bats will contract rabies, about the same as other wildlife.
• Simply not handling downed bats will reduce your chances of contracting this disease from a bat to zero.
• Bats are major pollinators in the southern hemisphere.
• They are primary seed disperser in tropical rainforests.
• Bats are responsible for up to 95% of tropical rainforest propagation.

Melinda Alvarado has been rehabilitating wildlife since 1989, and specializing in bats since 1995. She has been giving wildlife talks for as many years and has educated hundreds of children and adults on the importance of wildlife in our shared environment. Let Radar, a Big Brown Bat, change your mind forever regarding these marvelous creatures of the evening sky.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Go to 2017 Sweet Springs Support Drive to order a paver
and have your name, dedication, or memorial
placed in the paver area at the East Sweet Springs Entrance.

Because our construction crew will be placing the engraved pavers
at random among the plain pavers at the entrance later this year,
MCAS needs your Paver order by midnight July 24th!

Since MCAS envisions continuing to offer engraved pavers each year,
orders received after July 24th will be engraved and
placed on the property during the 2018 season.

Friday, July 14, 2017


The MCAS Board and lands manager, along with representatives from County Planning, Dos Osos Timber Works, and SWCA Environmental Consultants gathered near the entrance to East Sweet Springs last Monday wielding shovels to “break ground” for the upcoming construction of the access improvements needed to open the property to the public. Preliminary work began this week, with the actual construction expected to commence next week.

MCAS continues fundraising efforts for this project, and YOU can help by making a donation of ANY amount. Popular donation choices this year include purchasing a paver ($100 each) or a Sweet Springs Circle of Friends plaque ($500 minimum).

While MCAS envisions continuing to offer engraved pavers each year, in order to accommodate our construction crew, who will be placing the engraved tan pavers at random among the plain gray pavers at the entrance, MCAS needs your paver order by July 24th! Paver orders received after this date will be engraved and placed on the property during the 2018 season.

You may donate, or purchase pavers or plaques online at, or send a check to MCAS, PO Box 1507, Morro Bay, CA 93443. If sending a check, be sure to allow ample time for mail delivery!

Thank you for your support!

Monday, June 26, 2017


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