2019 Libbie Agran Scholarship for Cuesta College Students



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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 www.morrocoastaudubon.org

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.

Carrizo Plain CBC REGISTRATION:
      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 https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/carrizo-plain-cbc.html.

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.

2019 Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count Gears Up!



This year’s Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count and the annual potluck dinner are scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2019. Please circle and save the date.

Our count is 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.

REGISTRATION:
      Opens November 1st!!

If you've participated in the 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.

Before Nov 1st, you can go out to the CBC web page to familiarize yourself with the information being provided and also to start thinking about what sectors you want to count in.

Hope to see you at the 2019 CBC potluck after the count concludes!  More to follow...

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - August 2019



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COMMUNITY PROGRAM - Birds of SLO, 2018, Part 2


Tenth Anniversary 
of the most popular Bird Photography Series 
with an Artist Reception to precede the Program

Program Coordinated and Presented by David Keeling
With music by Bob Clark

Monday, October 21st
Reception at 6:30 pm & Program at 7 pm
at SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park

Birds of SLO, 2018 is a two-part slide show featuring outstanding images of over 200 species of birds taken last year by fifteen of the finest nature photographers in San Luis Obispo county. The photos are amazing and their impact is heightened by the synergistic effect of live guitar accompaniment by Bob Clark. The program will be preceded by an artist reception to honor the photographers and to celebrate the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the Birds of SLO series. Drinks and snacks will be provided courtesy of MCAS. If you enjoy birds and birding, you’ll enjoy the evening. It will be great entertainment and motivation to get out and bird more often in our county. You’d be hard pressed to come up with an example of anything quite like it.

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

Questions?: email mcas@morroccoastaudubon.org

Morro Coast Audubon Society

MCAS Bird Walk at SLO Botanical Garden, OCT 19th


Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:00 AM 11:00 AM
WITH MORRO COAST AUDUBON MEMBER, JESSICA GRIFFITHS

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome back Jessica Griffiths of the Morro Coast Audubon Society for a birding walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs including El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek, the Bluebird Trail, and the grassy hillsides. This bird walk will be approximately one mile long at a slow to moderate pace, depending on where and how often we're seeing birds. The terrain is gentle, over a variety of surfaces. People of any birding skill level are welcome. We'll expect to see dozens of species in a variety of habitats, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, Western Scrub-jay, Western Bluebird and possible nesting Black-headed Grosbeaks and orioles. If you have binoculars please bring them; if not, loaners will be available. Walk will begin near Garden entrance.

Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members.
Please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP contact education@slobg.org.

County Parks charges a $3 parking fee weekends, April – September. Carpool and save!

Jessica Griffiths has been working as a field biologist for over 15 years. She grew up in Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College outside of Boston. She then spent the next few years traveling around the country working for non-profits and government agencies in 7 states with a focus on songbird ecology. She received her Masters at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she studied monarch butterflies. She currently works as a biologist for Althouse &Meade, Inc. She is also actively involved with the Morro Coast Audubon Society, and leads year-round bird walks for birders of all ages.

Can also RSVP at SLOBG Events: https://www.slobg.org/calendar-of-events

Morro Coast Audubon