Celebrating Sweet Springs Circle of Friends Donors!



Although MCAS is postponing an in-person celebration to recognize and honor our donors, possibly until later this summer, we did go ahead and install the plaques at the entrance to Central Sweet Springs.   

MCAS wishes to again thank each and every one of you for your generous support. We will be sending special invitations to each of the Circle of Friends donors once we decide on a date for this year's celebration (which will also include the 2019 donors since we had to postpone that celebration last year due to covid). 

We will be broadly announcing the 2020 celebration once a date is set. 


Jan Surbey (on behalf of the MCAS Board)

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - April 2021


  APRIL 2021



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PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER - June 2021


      JUNE 2021



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Education Committee Reunites

 


Morro Coast Audubon Education team met at Luanda Garden Bistro in Cayucos in late May to share hugs and stories after a long year of Covid restrictions which had kept us from being able to get together in person.  All present are now fully vaccinated and definitely enjoyed the chance to laugh and visit without masking up when outdoors. Plans for our Fall return to classrooms with our presentations and campus field trips were briefly discussed and will be further addressed at a meeting of the team in late Summer. ALL of us are excitedly looking forward to resuming our programs, sharing our love of wildlife and nature with the many boys and girls in SLO County!

Kaaren Perry

MCAS Eduction Chairperson


VIDEO from May Community Program on BATS has posted

 



Topic: Do You Think Bats are Scary?  Learn the truth about bats.
Presenter: Melinda Alvarado with Blind Bat Educational Programs

The presentation includes a slide show and features several species of live, tame bats. All ages will benefit from and appreciate this chance to learn about 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.

Presenter Melinda Alvarado has been a wildlife rehabilitator, conservationist, and educator since 1989. She has worked with a wide range of birds and animals, including seabirds, eagles, and hummingbirds as well as foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. She has extensive training in wildlife rehabilitation, and has worked at several oil spills in California from 1990 through 2001. She served on the Pacific Wildlife Care Board of Directors for many years. Currently retired from that position, Melinda continues to lead their bat rehabilitation team as a volunteer. When Melinda attended her first bat training in 1995, she came to realize that bats are the most misunderstood and persecuted animals on the planet. Since 1999, she has given over 900 wildlife educational programs to schools, libraries, and adult groups, 800 of which have been specifically about bats. Melinda firmly believes that the only way we will succeed in saving bats from their current rapid population decline is through public education. She incorporates her vast knowledge and experience with bats, as well as new bat discoveries, into her programs.

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at El Chorro Regional Park, June 19th


FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at El Chorro Regional Park 
WHEN: Saturday, June 19th 
TIME: actual times given when you RSVP (see below) 
LEADER: Jessica Griffiths 

RSVP** and full vaccination required! Trip limited to 12 participants 

All participants must be fully vaccinated and have received the final dose of Covid vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. 

**If you are interested in going on this field trip, RSVP to jansurbey@earthlink.net, MCAS field trips chair, to request and receive a confirmed reservation for the trip. Exact meeting time and location will be given to those with confirmed reservations. 

Jessica Griffiths will lead this field trip. This field trip will focus on bird songs and calls. Jessica will ID all of the bird songs heard, and present helpful tips and mnemonic devices for remembering who sings what. 

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. All levels of birding expertise are welcome.

Although the field trip itself is being offered FREE of charge, there is a $5 per vehicle fee to enter the park on weekends this time of year.

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Oso Flaco Lake, June 5th

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Oso Flaco Lake 
WHEN: Saturday, June 5th 
TIME: actual times given when you RSVP (see below) 
LEADER: Jessica Griffiths 

RSVP** and full vaccination required! Trip limited to 12 participants.

All participants must be fully vaccinated and have received the final dose of Covid vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. 

**If you are interested in going on this field trip, RSVP to jansurbey@earthlink.net, MCAS field trips chair, to request and receive a confirmed reservation for the trip. Exact meeting time and location will be given to those with confirmed reservations.

"Birding By Ear" is back after a “COVID” break last year! Join Jessica Griffiths for a bird walk focusing on bird songs and calls. She will ID all of the bird songs heard, as well as presenting helpful tips and mnemonic devices for remembering who sings what.

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. All levels of birding expertise are welcome.

Although the field trip itself is being offered FREE of charge, there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee.

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - March 2021


MARCH 2021

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