VIDEO now available - FEB 19 - Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

VIDEO

Topic:   Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

Presenter:   Devon Bradley, Ph.D.

DescriptionIn the summer of 2022, Devon Bradley packed up her binoculars, camera, and pup to follow the birds north, all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Devon carved a circuitous route to Alaska, first along the Cassiar Highway of British Columbia, to Yukon on the famed Alaska Highway, and up to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster Highway – a ribbon of a road that traverses two mountain ranges, extensive subarctic wilderness, and the breeding habitats of some incredible species of birds, on its way to the Mackenzie Delta and Tuktoyaktuk!

 


MCAS Field Trip - MAR 10 - Shorebirds on Morro Strand

Elegant Terns on Morro Strand Beach [photo by Bob Revel]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents 

FIELD TRIP:       Shorebirds on Morro Strand 

DATE:                  Sunday, March 10, 2024 

TIME:                   9:00am to 11:30am 

LEADER:            Robbie Revel 

CO-LEADER:     Freddy Howell 

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. Only registered people may attend.

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Morro Strand and through the coastal sage scrub to look for wintering shorebirds on the beach. We will investigate the pond and outflow of Alva Paul creek looking for birds that flock to this freshwater source - gulls, terns and others. The walk will be on a flat trail and beach with some areas of deep sand. Expect to walk 2 miles at a slow pace.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required!  

Registration will open on the morning of FEB 29th. On that date, members of MCAS 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 freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - MAR 6 - Estero Bluffs and Villa Creek

Villa Creek Beach [photo by Mike Bush]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents 

FIELD TRIP:       Estero Bluffs and Villa Creek 

DATE:                  Wednesday, March 6, 2024 

TIME:                   8:30am to 11:30am 

LEADER:            Mike Bush 

CO-LEADER:     Bob 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.

Join Mike Bush and Bob Revel for an adventure along Estero Bluffs and Villa Creek. The walk begins southwest across the coastal prairie to the bluffs and scattered near shore rocks to look for Black Oystercatchers, Turnstones and other shorebirds, gulls and cormorants. Turning north along the bluffs we will arrive at the largest beach between Cayucos and Cambria – approx. a half-mile long. Snowy Plovers and shorebirds occupy this remote stretch of beach. The beach ends at 50' bluffs at the Villa Creek mouth where we will explore the creek and lagoon. We will return along the beach taking a different trail back across the coastal prairie to the parking area. 2 - 3 miles along flat bluff and beach with some steep ups and downs at beach access. Restrooms are not available. Rain cancels. 

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

ADA Accessible: No

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of FEB 25thOn that date, members of MCAS 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@morrocoastaudubon.org

2023 Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count Results are here!


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2023 Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count Results are here!


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MCAS Virtual Community Program - FEB 19 - Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

[photos by Devon Bradley]
MCAS Virtual Community Program 

Date:   Monday, February 19, 2024, 7:00 pm

Topic:   Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

Presenter:   Devon Bradley, Ph.D.


Zoom INFO below

 

DescriptionIn the summer of 2022, Devon Bradley packed up her binoculars, camera, and pup to follow the birds north, all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Devon carved a circuitous route to Alaska, first along the Cassiar Highway of British Columbia, to Yukon on the famed Alaska Highway, and up to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster Highway – a ribbon of a road that traverses two mountain ranges, extensive subarctic wilderness, and the breeding habitats of some incredible species of birds, on its way to the Mackenzie Delta and Tuktoyaktuk!

 

In this presentation, Devon will share highlights and anecdotes from this 2.5-month journey. We will learn about the migratory and resident birds of the boreal forest and arctic tundra, and some other charismatic wildlife are sure to make an appearance. Whether it's Whimbrel on the top of spruces or Long-tailed Jaegers causing traffic jams, you may even learn to see our familiar over-wintering birds in a new light. Devon will also present some of the logistics involved in planning a trip of this nature. So, if you’ve ever dreamt about hitting the road in pursuit of birds and want to learn more about “bird-tripping,” be sure to tune in!

 

BioDevon Bradley is an ecologist, naturalist, birder, photographer, traveler, and all-around-nature-enthusiast. After completing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Brown University, Devon made her way to southern California for a post-doctoral research position at University of California, Irvine. For the past 12 years, Devon has been a Professor of Biology at Irvine Valley College. A plant ecologist by training, Devon enrolled in “Birds of Southern California” in an effort to become a more well-rounded field-course instructor and, let’s just say, things snowballed from there! At Irvine Valley College, Devon teaches various biology, natural history, and field ecology courses, oversees the college’s native garden and wildlife habitat, and advises the IVC Birding Club.

 

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

 

No signup/registration required to attend.

 

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

 

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Meeting ID: 975 1997 5420           Passcode: 885594

 

 

MCAS Field Trip - MAR 2 - Owls of Chumash Trail/eBirdf

Short-eared Owl [photo by Don Quintana]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Owls of Chumash Trail/eBird

DATE:                  Saturday, March 2, 2024

TIME:                   5:00pm to 6:30pm

LEADER:            Mark Mushkat 

Trip is limited to 15 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.

Mark is asking that everyone who wishes to go on a field trip with him to have an eBird account. It is free, easy, and serves a highly important role in global citizen science. EBird data is critical for countless research projects that impact conservation and funding policies around the world. The website also has amazing resources that can help you become a better and more responsible birder. 

Follow the simple directions below. Your registration requires your eBird user name on the form.

To Create an eBird account.

a. Go to  https://ebird.org/home

b. Click '’Create account' and fill out the information requested

c. Start exploring eBird!

Description:

We’ll watch as the sun sets and birds of prey species change from the diurnal to the nocturnal. There’s a steep, short incline at the start, then the terrain turns to rolling  hills and easy trails. Rodent central, this area is frequented by harriers, falcons and kites during the day, then possible Short-Eared Owls and Great Horned Owls at dusk.

This trail is rated “moderate”, steep in some places and has been slippery due to rains. It will be dark on the return hike. Please keep this in mind when you register.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level:  Intermediate and Advanced Birders

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of FEB 21stOn that date, members of MCAS 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 freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - FEB 25 - Estero Bluffs/Fig Tree Trailheadf

[photo courtesy of https://highway1roadtrip.com/things-to-do/estero-bluffs-state-park/]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents 

FIELD TRIP:       Estero Bluffs/Fig Tree Trailhead 

DATE:                  Sunday, February 25, 2024 

TIME:                   9:00 am - 11:30 am 

LEADER:            Michael Mulroy 

CO-LEADER:     Daniel Elting 

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:

Join Michael and Daniel to explore Estero Bluffs. This is one of our newest State Parks, dominated by a grassland marine terrace which leads down to the beautiful wild ocean bluff. Enjoy a slow-paced walk of 1.5-2 miles along flat trails. A rich diversity of coastal habitats, sea stacks, and intertidal areas attract a variety of birds. Expect rock-loving shorebirds with possible sightings of turnstones, surfbirds, whimbrels, sea ducks, terns, sandpipers and gulls. And we will be on the lookout for the Harlequin duck that has been seen recently.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of FEB 15th. On that date, members of MCAS will automatically receivean 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@morrocoastaudubon.org