Birds and Brains - University of Toronto Research Project

Participate in a Study on Birding and the Brain

Hello all! Our research group at University of Toronto investigates how learning about the natural world benefits the brain and cognition. We're looking to reach birders from all across North America for our newest study! If you're interested in getting involved, this image has the details about a short, online study including bird identification and classification. It's open to everyone, from experienced birders to beginners. Participate to enter into a raffle for new binoculars! Visit the study website www.birdingstudies.com for the link to participate, as well as info on past work, articles & interviews. 

 

Many Thanks!

Isabel Cooke

Researcher

University of Toronto, Canada

isabel.cooke@mail.utoronto.ca

MCAS Field Trip - MAY 8 - MEMBERS ONLY - Point Buchon Trail

One View from Point Buchon Trail [photo by Mike Baird]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents                          **MEMBERS ONLY**  

FIELD TRIP:       The Point Buchon Trail  

DATE:                  Saturday, June 8, 2024  

TIME:                   8:00am to 12:00 Noon  

LEADERS:          Eric Wier and Sally Krenn  

Trip is limited to 12 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours. Participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. Only registered people may attend.

Description: Explore the spectacular scenic coastline at Point Buchon with leaders Sally Krenn and Eric Wier. Learn the background of this historic ranch and the efforts to regenerate the Bishop pine forest along the ridges overlooking the ocean. Look for marine mammals, gulls and shorebirds -- maybe even a Peregrine Falcon. Bring your camera to capture the striking sea stacks that dot this coastline and peek into a dramatic sinkhole. Be prepared for wind and cool weather. Active four-mile round trip with a step uphill walk to the trailhead. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 29thOn that date, MCAS members will automatically receive an ALERT with the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form.

Our Member-Only field trips are a bonus for members. So you don’t miss out, JOIN MCAS NOW!

Questions? Email robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org or freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org 





MCAS Field Trip - JUN 7 - Shorebird Habitat

Long-billed Curlew Eating Sand Crab [photo by Mike Baird]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP:        Shorebird Habitat  

DATE:                  Friday, June 7, 2024  

TIME:                   9:00am to 11:00am  

LEADERS:          Karen Watts and Robbie Revel  

Trip is limited to 12 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours. Participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. Only registered people may attend.

Description: Morro Bay is on the Pacific Flyway and is a favorite stop for migrating birds. During the height of migration, there are literally thousands of birds on the beach! They can be seen poking at the sand and piles of rotting seaweed. What are they finding to eat? Sandy beaches may look bare, but they host a rich assortment of living organisms. Sand traps detritus and provides a surface for algae and bacteria to grow. Piles of wrack are made of rotting seaweed, plants, and animals. Both environments provide food for invertebrates that become tasty meals for birds. Join us to explore these environments and find out what is attracting all of our wonderful shorebirds. We will be walking 1 - 2 miles along hard pack and soft beach sand. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 28th. On that date, MCAS members will automatically receive an ALERT with the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form.

Non-members will receive an ALERT with the LINK ONLY if they have joined the MCAS ALERT or the SLOCOBIRDING email list. You can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Please consider becoming a member of MCAS to support MCAS’s mission and activities, including Field Trips.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel  robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

Brown Pelicans Are in Trouble

Brown Pelican in Morro Bay Harbor [photo by Joanne Aasen]  

Shared from Pacific Wildlife Care's Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/PacificWildlifeCare):  

Since April 20th, Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) has seen a significant increase in Brown Pelican patients arriving at our animal care center. These majestic birds are arriving emaciated and dehydrated, with distressing reports of sick and displaced brown pelicans being discovered all over San Luis Obispo County.
Our dedicated team at PWC is working tirelessly alongside California Fish and Game and neighboring Wildlife Care Centers in Monterey and Santa Barbara to monitor this concerning situation. While it's too early to pinpoint the exact cause of their distress, rest assured that we are committed to keeping the public informed as we gather more information.
If you encounter a pelican in distress or any animal needing help, please don't hesitate to call our Wildlife Hotline at (805) 543-9453. Our trained Hotline and Rescue Transport Volunteers are available 365 days a year to provide assistance.
If a pelican exhibits neurological signs such as falling over or seizing, please refrain from handling the animal directly. Instead, call PWC immediately and wait for assistance. Remember, animals should never be touched with bare hands.

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Donations to PWC can be made at pacificwildlifecare.org












MCAS Nature Journaling Classes - May 25, June 1, June 8


Nature Journaling Class:

Learn how to nature journal in our newest Active Community Engagement (ACE) Class!

Nature Journaling is a wonderful way to connect with and learn from the environment around you. Join Morro Coast Audubon for any of three Nature Journaling courses focused on birds, botany, and natural history. We’ll go over the basics of nature journaling with nature journaling expert Mary Sturm and learn how to apply those skills to your nature journal. Then, we’ll cover background information on the fauna, flora, and natural history that surround you with an MCAS expert on birds, botany, or natural history.

What & Where
Three classes to choose from: 
Birds at Sweet Springs
Botany at Froom Ranch
Natural History at White's Point

When
May 25th (Sweet Springs)
June 1st (Froom Ranch)
June 8th (White's Point)

How
Click this link to register and claim your spot, or apply for a scholarship! MCAS is passionate about providing accessible outdoors education for all, and we encourage those with demonstrated financial need to apply for scholarships.

VIDEO is now Available! - May 14 - eBird Seminar

 

eBird Panel Video:  

Go to the MCAS YouTube Channel to listen to eBird experts and enthusiasts Brian Sullivan, Morgan Tingley, Sierra Glassman, Ronan Alam, and Tom Edell discuss eBird as a tool for science, conservation, and in birding culture. Moderated by MCAS Program Director Torrey Gage-Tomlinson.

MCAS Zoom Community Program - MAY 20 - Beavers and Why They Matter

Salinas River Beaver Pond, Atascadero [photo by Emily Fairfax]

MCAS Zoom Community Program

Date:            Monday, May 20th, 2024, 7:00 pm

Program:     Beavers and Why They Matter

Presenter:   Audrey Taub, SLO Beaver Brigade

Join Zoom Meeting     ID: 967 1403 8276      Passcode: 068050

All MCAS Zoom Community Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

No signup/registration required to attend.

Description: If you walk along the Salinas River in California much of it is a dry, sandy wash. Imagine instead seeing large expanses of ponds surrounded by lush willows and cottonwoods, teaming with wildlife and birdsong. This difference leads to answering the question, ‘Why Do Beavers Matter?” In this presentation, Audrey Taub will explain how beavers can help make the Central Coast wetter, more resilient to floods, droughts, and fire, thus creating a more sustainable climate for birds and other wildlife. She will also explain how to get involved in promoting the creation of more wetlands in your area by supporting the beavers.

Bio: Audrey Taub grew up on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State. After graduating college with a master’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam, she moved to Washington State and became immersed in nature education and mentoring at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA. In 2005 she moved to San Luis Obispo County where she lives with her husband and 3 children, tracking animals, gathering wild edibles and swimming in the beaver ponds. She founded the SLO Beaver Brigade in 2019 after a discussion with friends about climate change. More specifically, they asked themselves, “How can we each contribute to climate regeneration?” Audrey’s answer was to focus on the work beavers do as nature’s best engineers to promote a healthy climate.

Please consider becoming a member of MCAS to support MCAS’s mission and activities, including Community Programs.

If you have questions, email Wendy McKeown, Community Programs Chair: wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - JUN 2 - Stop & Scope-Heron and Egret Rookery Watch

Great Egret with Nestling at Rookery [photo by Bob Revel]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP:       Stop & Scope-Heron and Egret Rookery Watch  

DATE:                  Sunday, June 2, 2024  

TIME:                   8:30 am - 10:30am  

LEADER:            The Field Trip Team  

Trip is not limited but does require registration so we can plan accordingly. You will not receive a confirmation as all are welcome. Directions to rookery are below.

Description: Drop by the Heron Rookery in Morro Bay State Park to view the cutest babies in Morro Bay. Egrets, Herons and Cormorants are in various stages of their nesting cycle. Adults are in their magnificent breeding plumage and nestlings are visible and active. This is not a walking tour, so you may drop by anytime between the hours of 8:30am - 10:30am. Scopes will be set up in a fixed location for viewing. Bring your own binoculars, scopes, and cameras. You may also bring a folding chair. Restrooms are available at the State Park Museum. Rain cancels. 

Location & Directions- For those not familiar with the area, the Rookery is located between Windy Cove and The Inn at Morro Bay (60 State Park Road). Windy Cove is located just north of the State Park Museum. There is a hiking path that goes between Windy Cove and The Inn at Morro Bay. We will be set up about halfway between these two points.

Parking – you can park in the State Park Museum parking lot, at Windy Cove, or in the small parking area at the Rookery Signs. There is also parking just off the Morro Bay Golf Course along State Park Road. If you park in the Rookery parking area, walk south down the trail about 20 yards toward Windy Cove and the Museum.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 23rd. On that date, MCAS members will automatically receive an ALERT with the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form.

Non-members will receive an ALERT with the LINK ONLY if they have joined the MCAS ALERT or the SLOCOBIRDING email list. You can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Please consider becoming a member of MCAS to support MCAS’s mission and activities, including Field Trips.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel  robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org