MCAS Virtual Community Program - DEC 19th - MCAS Awards and Morro Bay CBC Compilation


WHAT:     MCAS Awards and Morro Bay CBC Compilation

DATE:      Monday, December 19th


TIME:       7:00pm - 8:30pm

This community program will begin with MCAS business that will include award announcements for the Libbie Agran Scholarship and Volunteer of the Year.

Next will be the Morro Bay CBC Compilation led by Jay Carroll. The compilation is the culmination of the annual MB Christmas Bird Count held on Dec 17th. A count of all species seen will be tabulated. Total number of species in count years 2010-2021 have ranged from 175 to 204, with anywhere from 81 to 142 participants. What will the counts be this year?

Previous MCAS CBC results

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome. No signup/registration required to attend.

For questions, email Wendy McKeown, MCAS Programs Chair, wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org.

ZOOM Info:

Morro Coast Audubon Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

There is no need to pre-register. Simply sign in on the correct date and time.

Join Zoom Meeting - easiest way is to click the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/2272485901?pwd=MzlSaVlpdDQ2bTJkcUFTSkFEdGQ5UT09

In case you need this: Meeting ID: 227 248 5901; Passcode: morrocoast

Or, you can use your phone to dial in:

            +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER Dec/Jan 2022


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EUREKA! The Birds of San Luis Obispo County - OCT 2022


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Video of NOV 21st Community Program - Madagascar-Africa's Ghost Island

Photo of the village of Antanambao, Madagascar (by Sunni Toone)

View on MCAS YouTube Channel.

[This was an engaging program by a seasoned presenter. Don't miss it!]

Description:

The story covers 5 years of travel through northeastern Madagascar starting with a biological transect that led to living and working in the small village of Antanambao. There I met Emilien, a toddler of about 18 months. For a few years we were inseparable and during that time, he taught me more about conservation than I had absorbed from years of schooling and decades of work. Through this presentation I hope to share the revelation he brought to me and present a more cohesive plan for saving our own future on this beautiful planet.

Bio:

Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist. He helped to develop some of the techniques that led to the highly publicized and groundbreaking recovery of the California condor. This work created an international reputation that led to in-situ conservation work in 30 countries over the last 4 decades. He has led biological transects and expeditions through the rainforests of Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, and many other remote areas – most of these in collaboration with his wife Sunni.

Bill has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, worked on wildlife films with Olivia Newton-John, was featured in the PBS documentary The Real Jurassic Park, and appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood. Bill is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, author of On the Wings of the Condor, and founder of ECOLIFE Conservation, a unique conservation/humanitarian non-profit organization.

Bill and his wife Sunni live in Escondido, California where they enjoy gardening, woodworking and their pets.

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 23rd - “Stop and Scope” - King Tide at Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       “Stop and Scope”

                              King Tide at Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk

DATE:                  Friday, December 23, 2022

TIME:                   9:00am to 11:00am  AND

                              11:00am to 1:00pm

LEADERS:          Robbie and Bob Revel, Claudia Freitas, Mark Mushkat, Freddy Howell

Trip is open to all, but does require registration.

DESCRIPTION:

Take a break from the stresses of the holidays!  Grab the kids and grandkids and head to the Marina Boardwalk to view the bay at King Tide.

This is not a regular field trip. We invite people to stop by for a view of the high tide and the shorebirds it will bring close in. This is a special high tide called the King Tide because it will be the highest of the year at 9:12am on Friday, December 23. We will set up scopes at the back platform, the midpoint platform, and the last small platform with the bench.

Enjoy an informal stroll along the Boardwalk between the stations which will be staffed by MCAS Field Trip leaders Robbie and Bob Revel, Claudia Freitas, Mark Mushkat and Freddy Howell who will help you identify our winter shorebirds and migrants, as well as the land birds occupying the coastal sage scrub habitat.

Drop by anytime between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00am for the OH! AH! experience of the King Tide and/or 11:00am to 1:00pm to see what birds come in with the receding tide and take advantage of the scopes.Bring your own binoculars and cameras. Dress for cool and windy conditions. The complete loop is a short walk of about one mile on a boardwalk and dirt path and is ADA accessible. Restrooms are available in the parking lot beside Bayside Cafe and at the State Park Campgrounds. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration will open on the morning of DEC 8th. 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 at freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Virtual Community Program - DEC 19th - Morro Bay CBC Compilation

 


WHAT:    Morro Bay CBC Compilation 

DATE:    Monday, December 19th

TIME:     7:00pm - 8:30pm


This community program will begin with MCAS business that will include award announcements for the Libbie Agran Scholarship and Volunteer of the Year.

 

Next will be the Morro Bay CBC Compilation led by Jay Carroll. The compilation is the culmination of the annual MB Christmas Bird Count held on Dec 17th. A count of all species seen will be tabulated. Total number of species in count years 2010-2021 have ranged from 175 to 204, with anywhere from 81 to 142 participants. What will the counts be this year?

 

Previous MCAS CBC results 

 

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome. No signup/registration required to attend.

For questions, email Wendy McKeown, MCAS Programs Chair, wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org.

ZOOM Info:

Morro Coast Audubon Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

There is no need to pre-register. Simply sign in on the correct date and time.

Join Zoom Meeting - easiest way is to click the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/2272485901?pwd=MzlSaVlpdDQ2bTJkcUFTSkFEdGQ5UT09

In case you need this: Meeting ID: 227 248 5901; Passcode: morrocoast

Or, you can use your phone to dial in:

            +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

 

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 15 - Low Tide at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve


REGISTRATION CLOSED. 

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Low Tide at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

DATE:                  Thursday, December 15, 2022

TIME:                   8:00am to 10:00am

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.

Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve with its two viewing platforms and meandering trails allows panoramic views of the estuary, wetlands and mudflat, and the multiple habitats within the preserve. Our wintering visitors are here and we never know what birds we will find, but it is always exciting. Dirt paths and level boardwalks make for easy walking of approximately 1 mile.

Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress in layers as it can be cool and windy. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and snacks as needed. Restroom (port-a-potty) is available at the East entrance. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginning to Intermediate.

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of NOV 30th 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 at freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 10th - Shorebird ID Made Easy Workshop

 

Long-billed Curlew by Jamie Lee

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Shorebird ID Made Easy Workshop

DATE:                  Saturday, December 10, 2022

TIME:                   9:00 am - 1:00 pm

LEADER:            Claudia Freitas

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: What is a 'shorebird?' What is the difference between a peep and a plover? How do you ever tell one shorebird from another? Learn how to tell our most common species apart. Claudia Freitas is an expert in shorebird identification and a presenter for the Morro Bay Bird Festival. Join Claudia for a photo presentation showing the characteristics of our local shorebirds, followed by a walk along the shore to test your new-found knowledge. Presentation will take place in the MCAS Office followed by a visit to a nearby location for in the field identification.

For the workshop, bring a notebook and a field guide if you have one. For the field portion, dress in layers, wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen and binoculars. Restrooms are available at both locations.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of NOV 25th 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 websiteand/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Freddy Howell at freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org