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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COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Protecting Birds on the West Coast - Monday 11/18

WHEN: Monday • November 18th • 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park. Pavilion is just past entrance to Botanical Gardens. Park across street from Pavilion.

Audubon’s chapter network is a unique and powerful force for conservation. Anna Weinstein, marine conservation director for National Audubon and Audubon California, will share stories of her collaboration with some of our 19 coastal California Audubon chapters to win conservation fights, shed light on the ecology and status of coastal species, and inspire the public to love and care for our coast and ocean.

She will include a summary of Morro Coast Audubon Society contributions to successes in the brown pelican and black oystercatcher community science and conservation programs.

Program will be preceded by a short presentation by Cal Poly Hi Mountain Interns: Mike Rose, Kai Mills and Alon Averbuj.

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

For more information, call (805) 772-1991 or visit

2019 Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count Gears Up!

This year’s Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday December 28, 2019. Please circle and save the date. This count is separate from the Morro Bay CBC.

Both counts are part of a continent-wide citizen-science effort sponsored by National Audubon. The published results are used to assess long-term changes in the distribution and population of wintering birds.

      Opens November 15th!!

If you've participated in a CBC before... Welcome Back!

If you have not yet participated in a CBC... why not make 2019 your "First Annual CBC."
It's easy to register, and we need birders of all experience levels.

Non-members are welcome to participate too, but all counters must be registered.

More information about and contact information for the Carrizo Plain CBC go to

Fall Shorebird Survey - Volunteers NEEDED!

2019 Annual Morro Bay Fall Shorebird Survey 

Saturday, November 16th, 8-10am

Bad weather fallback date is Saturday, November 23rd, 10am-noon.

This survey is co-sponsored by Morro Coast Audubon and Audubon California. Please consider volunteering to help with this important annual effort that will help us keep track of the numbers of shorebirds using Morro Bay and will contribute to data on shorebird abundance throughout the Pacific Flyway.

Shorebirds are an important bioindicator of the health of the bay and the Pacific Flyway. About 25 volunteers are needed, and first time volunteers or beginner birders are welcome to this event (we will pair you with an expert!).

Additional information

If you are interested in participating, please email Dave Tyra.