MCAS Conservation Corner

Your Conservation Chair and Committee have two basic responsibilities to the Chair of MCAS and to you, the members. First is to watch for opportunities to protect, enhance, diversify and expand the bird habitat in our area. Our second task is to be aware of any and all issues that would improve bird habitat or bird life and attempt to insure that MCAS did all it possibly could to insure the successful fruition of that issue or those issues; the corollary of course is to be aware of issues that would damage bird life or bird habitat and insure that MCAS does all in its power to prevent these from occurring. None of this can happen successfully unless we have maximum cooperation from all our members and from our fellow conservation organizations.

This means you. If you are aware of any issues that MCAS should be active in pursuing, please email Doug Tait at doug@morrocoastaudubon.org. If you have a few hours per month to spend on such issues please join our Conservation Committee. The tasks may include attending meetings, writing letters to decision-makers, or actually working in the field on bird habitat.

Current Conservation Issues

Click links below for more information on the issues the Morro Coast Audubon Society is working on.

LOCAL & STATE

Ongoing: MCAS is committed to the protection of the Western Snowy Plover and stewardship of its habitat in Morro Bay in partnership with State Parks.

August 2016: MCAS letter to San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors regarding Interim Urgency Ordinance / Permanent Oak Woodlands Protection Ordinanace

February 2016: MCAS letter to San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission regarding the Phillips 66 Development Plan / Coastal Development Permit

September 2015: MCAS letter to Morro Bay City Council regarding Support of National Marine Sanctuary Designation

June 2015: MCAS letter to Morro Bay City Council regarding Support of Ban of Expanded Polystyrene Foam

November 2014: MCAS letter to Port San Luis Harbor Commission regarding the Wildlife Improvements at Port San Luis

May 2014: MCAS letter to San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors regarding The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County acquisition of the Pismo Preserve

October 2012: Letter to the California Coastal Commission Regarding PG&E Seismic Imaging Survey.

NATIONAL

April 2016: MCAS letter to U.S. Department of the Interior: Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region regarding the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWR Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan

March 2014: In a letter to Secretary John Kerry, MCAS comments on the National Interest Determination of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

September 2013: MCAS urges Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB711 and stop the needless poisoning of humans and wildlife with lead ammunition. (PDF)

May 2013: MCAS comments on Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.