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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

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

EUREKA! The Birds of San Luis Obispo County - MARCH 2017

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

MCAS COMMUNITY PROGRAM-Diablo Canyon Lands Stewardship

Photo by Jim Zimmerlin; area north of Diablo Canyon
WHAT: Diablo Canyon Lands Stewardship Program
WHEN: Monday, May 15th, 7:00PM
WHERE: Oak Glen Pavilion at El Chorro Regional Park
PRESENTOR: Kelly Kephart

Kelly Kephart will discuss the stewardship of the Diablo Canyon Lands, including conservation efforts, restoration projects, studies, and natural resources management that has taken place over the last 30 years.

Kelly Kephart is a Terrestrial Biologist with PG&E. She currently supports the Land Stewardship program at Diablo Canyon, which manages over 12,000 acres and 14 miles of coastline. She is a graduate of the Forestry and Natural Resources Program (2006) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has been working on the central coast for the last 10 years.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Birding at The Garden

Townsend's Warbler at SLOBG
Townsend's Warbler at SLOBG
WHAT: Birding at the Garden
WHEN: Saturday, May 13th, 9:00-11:00 AM
WHERE: SLO Botanical Gardens in El Chorro Regional Park
LEAD BY: Morro Coast Audubon Society members Eric Wier and Jay Carroll

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’ll expect to see dozens of species in a variety of habitats, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, Western Scrub-jay, Western Bluebird and possible nesting Black-headed Grosebeaks and orioles.

Bird Walk is $5 for Garden & MCAS members/$10 non-members. No reservations are needed. For more information contact education@slobg.org.

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at San Simeon

When: Saturday, May 6th
Where: San Simeon
Who: Jessica Griffiths

RSVP REQUIRED.
  
For exact meeting TIME & LOCATION, and to reserve a spot on this trip, please contact Jan at jansurbey@earthlink.net.

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.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Climate Change Engagement

Montana de Oro
Morro Coast Audubon Society is helping build a coalition of climate change concerned citizens on the Central Coast, and we want you to be a part of it. 

By leaving your information in our Climate Change Engagement form, you will be alerted to climate change issues and will be connected with hundreds of other SLO County residents who are ready to take action against climate change. 

Some of the species in SLO county impacted by climate change
Recent research conducted by the National Audubon Society shows that 314 bird species, nearly half of the bird species in North America, are severely threatened by climate change. If we are to help mitigate the changes in their habitat and migratory routes that will result from climate change, we must take action now. 

Fighting climate change can feel like an isolated battle, but it doesn't have to be. By joining together, we can create impactful change in our local community and stay alert to important policy changes at all levels of government.