MCAS Field Trip - DEC 3 - Bay Birding Cruise

Photo Courtesy Morro Bay Landing

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Bay Birding Cruise - $25.00

DATE:                  Saturday, December 3, 2022

TIME:                   9:45 am to 11:45 am

LEADER:            Kaaren Perry

CO-LEADER:     Robbie Revel

Trip is limited to 20 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours or until the trip fills and 20 participants will be randomly selected. Those 20 participants must remit a check for $25.00 within 10 days of registration to be completely confirmed for the trip. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. Details will be provided to the 20 participants selected.

DESCRIPTION:

Join Kaaren Perry to enjoy a leisurely boating tour of the bay and estuary in a 33-foot power catamaran. Cruise the length of the bay to identify a variety of shorebirds, sea ducks, grebes and loons often at close range. The boat will move slowly enough for you to see details of many species that you normally see only through a scope from shore. Good photo opportunities, but no tripods.

Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Cameras are welcomed. Restrooms are available at the landing. Weather conditions may cancel.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome.

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination and check for $25.00 Required!

Registration will open on the morning of OCT 13th. On that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - OCT 30th or NOV 7th - Native Plants and Birds of Oceano

 

Great Blue Heron at Oceano Lagoon - Photo by Peggy Burhenn

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Native Plants and Birds of Oceano

DATE:                 Sunday, October 30    OR

                            Monday, November 7, 2022

TIME:                  8:30am to 10:30am

                    (We can stay longer if we’re seeing a lot of great birds!)

LEADER:            Peggy Burhenn,

                        Master Gardener, CA State Park Docent Oceano Dunes District

CO-LEADER:     Jay Carroll, October 30

                 Eric Wier, November 7

We are asking that if you are retired or not working that you sign up for the Monday trip and leave the Sunday trip for those who only have the weekends available. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

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

DESCRIPTION: California native plants are all around us, they provide nourishment for wildlife and beauty to the landscape. We will meet at the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center and review some common plants we expect to see on our walk. We will also discuss using apps to help ID plants. We will walk the path along the Oceano Lagoon to the native plant gardens in the Oceano Campground. As we walk we will stop to identify plants and share stories about how they might have been used by the Chumash people, as well as discuss which ones might grow well in local gardens. This area tends to be very birdy so of course we will stop for any bird life we see.

The Visitor Center is open from 12-4pm and so if you are still around you can enjoy that as it is free!

Feel free to bring your lunch. There are picnic tables.

Terrain: Mostly smooth, even terrain with a newly constructed boardwalk that hugs the shore of the lagoon.

Distance: 1 mile, maybe more if we walk around the campground searching for birds.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars, and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Restrooms are available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of OCT 15th. On that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website  and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Freddy Howell freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - OCT 29th - Los Osos Oaks Preserve

 

Los Osos Oaks Preserve - Photo by Robbie Revel

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Los Osos Oaks Preserve

DATE:                  Saturday, October 29, 2022

TIME:                   8:30am - 10:30am

LEADER:            Mike Bush

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

DESCRIPTION:

Take a stroll through this truly unique preserve with Mike, our Birding Botanist. Explore the five major plant communities which occupy the ancient sand dunes of Los Osos. Eight hundred year old oaks, pigmy oaks, and coast live oaks together with sage brush and a riparian stream provide multiple habitats for a variety of birds, both migratory and resident. Easy slow walking along woodland trails for about 1.5 miles.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are suggested to protect against poison oak. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Restrooms are not available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of OCT 14th. On that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website  and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - OCT 29th - Laguna Lake

 

Mark Mushkat in Flight (photo by Bob Revel)

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Laguna Lake

DATE:                  Saturday, October 29, 2022

TIME:                   8AM-11AM

LEADER:            Mark Mushkat

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

We’ll bird the park’s trees and meadows looking for migrating songbirds, flycatchers, waterfowl, and raptors. The open space and power poles are good for raptors. Marshy areas can be productive for warblers, wrens, munias and the lake offers the usual suspects and perhaps a surprise. The trail is flat and we will walk approximately 1.0-1.5 miles.

Bring binoculars and field guide. Hats and sunscreen are suggested along with dressing for cool and windy conditions. Restrooms are available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of OCT 14thOn that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Contact: Freddy Howell, freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip Report - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - SEPT 17th

 

Canyon Wren

[All photos taken by Jaime Lee.]

Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock, Sept. 17 led by Robbie and Bob Revel

Royal Terns

There is always something interesting happening at the Rock no matter what time of year you visit. September was a transitional month, with shorebirds returning, and cormorants, Brown Pelicans and Heermann’s Gulls covering the rocks in large numbers. Peregrine Falcons were enjoying their empty nests and the resident Canyon Wrens’ descending liquid notes echoed across the Rock face. Black Oystercatcher pairs were prying mussels from the rocks and Royal Terns were feeding their juveniles. Join the Revel team in November for a return to Morro Rock to add sea ducks, grebes and loons to your list of sightings.

Wandering Tattler

Brown Pelican - adults with white neck and head



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MCAS Field Trip - OCT 23rd - Leaning Pine Arboretum

Leaning Pine Arboretum - Photo by Mike Bush

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Leaning Pine Arboretum

DATE:                  Sunday, October 23, 2022

TIME:                   7:30am - 9:30am

LEADER:            Mike Bush

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

Description:

Mike Bush, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens expert, will lead a guided walk of this outdoor living laboratory with its unique plants from the world’s five Mediterranean climate regions – California, Chile, southern and southwestern Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean basin. This diversity of plants provides attractive habitats for numerous birds and other wildlife. This is an ADA accessible walk.

The Arboretum is closed to the public on Sundays so we will have exclusive access. If you have never visited the Arboretum, you are in for an amazing morning of birding at this eBird HotSpot.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Restrooms are not available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of OCT 8thOn that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS websiteand/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org