MCAS COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Reuniting & Renesting

Monday, February 17th at 7 pm
at SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park

Presented by Robert Peak, volunteer with Pacific Wildlife Care


Robert Peak will share his fascinating stories of reuniting and remedying birds of prey as a volunteer with Pacific Wildlife Care. He also has specialized experience in the difficult captures such as those of larger mammals and birds.

Robert has lived in Grover Beach for over forty years and has been volunteering at Pacific Wildlife Care after he retired in 2009. He is also an actively involved as a member of Osage and Cherokee tribes.

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome.

MCAS Youth Scholarship – Apply NOW!

Applications Open: January 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

Morro Coast Audubon Society is pleased to announce a youth scholarship for up to two selected students, 13-18 years of age who reside in San Luis Obispo County, to attend the American Birding Association’s Camp Colorado ( that is being held July 18-24, 2020. This scholarship will encourage youth, who have already begun developing their birding skills, to pursue their interests in birds, the natural world, conservation, and education.

To apply students must complete an Online Application and identify a mentor/teacher (non-family) who agrees to submit a letter of recommendation. A Printable Worksheet is available that can be used before filling out and submitting the online application. Find out more.

This scholarship will cover the cost of registration for the American Birding Association’s Camp Colorado ($1449), ABA student membership ($25), and travel costs to/from Colorado (up to $350). Scholarship recipients will also receive a year’s membership in the Morro Coast Audubon Society.

These youth scholarships are made possible by generous donations from the San Luis Obispo County community. You can donate to this scholarship HERE! Thanks!

Questions? Email Kaaren Perry, Education Chair, at


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Celebrating the opening of the rebuilt Audubon Overlook!

Pictured from left: President Judy Neuhauser, Secretary Stephanie Little, Libbie Agran, Alternate Hi Mountain Chair Carolina Van Stone, Lands Chair Eric Wier, Director-at-Large Wendy McKeown, Education Chair Kaaren Perry, MCAS members Laura Frank and Petra Clayton, Lands Manager Dave Clendenen

Morro Coast Audubon’s 4th Street Overlook (1120 4th St, Los Osos, CA 93402) has had a complete rebuild, and it is looking even more beautiful! The overlook was constructed as a place for the public to quietly observe Morro Bay and particularly the birds that visit this amazing location. The original wooden overlook structure was built in 1974 and had deteriorated over the years. McClure and Co. recently reconstructed it using the same footprint as before, with new high-quality lumber that should withstand the test of time. On Sunday, November 17, MCAS President Judy Neuhauser, MCAS board members, and others involved with the project met to celebrate the opening and  to thank Libbie Agran, who provided funds to rebuild the overlook. Thank you, Libbie!

MCAS wishes to invite the public to come and enjoy the view and the birds, or just sit down and relax.

MCAS Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count Potluck

When: Saturday, December 14th, 6:00 pm
Where: Oak Glen Pavilion at SLO Botanical Gardens in El Chorro Regional Park

Come join the CBC counters at the Annual Christmas Bird Count potluck dinner being held at SLO Botanical Garden's Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park.

A summary of the birds counted during the day will be compiled as we gather to socialize and talk about the day's activities.

Bring a dish to share!  :-)  Beverages will be provided.

More information about the CBC (on the same day!) is available on the MCAS website.

Student Drawings Sent to Thank ED Committee

Four third-grade classes of boys and girls at Shell Beach Elementary School were recently visited by members of our MCAS Education Committee team.  We presented our PowerPoint program, “Birds In Your Neighborhood," to each class. Following the program the boys and girls were guided through three instructional stations which included taxidermy study, nests, and bones & feathers. We returned the following week with our set of binoculars that the students could use as we led each class on a bird walk around their playground. These are just some of the pictures sent by the young students to our Ed. Committee educators in appreciation for being given the opportunity to learn about birds!

FIELD TRIP: Harmony Headlands (corrected!), Saturday, NOV 23rd

Field Trip: Harmony Headlands State Park 
Saturday, November 23rd *

Join leaders Eric Wier and Steve McMasters for this fall trip. This trip is limited to 15 participants and an RSVP is required to attend. To RSVP, please email Jan Surbey,

* Once your reservation is confirmed, Jan will send you the trip details (time and meeting location).

Trip includes about 4 miles (round trip) of moderate hiking (some hills) along path through grasslands and coastal scrub to ocean views. A portable restroom is available along the trail. Target bird species include raptors, songbirds, and seabirds. Bring binoculars, water and snacks, hat and sunscreen, and dress for the wind / weather. Rain cancels.


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