MCAS Workshop - MAR 23 - Birding for Beginners Workshop

MCAS Office [photo by Robbie Revel]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents 

WORKSHOP:     Birding for Beginners Workshop 

LOCATION:        Morro Coast Audubon Office, Morro Bay 

DATE:                  Saturday, March 23, 2024 

TIME:                   9:00 am to 1:30 pm 

LEADER:            Karen Watts 

CO-LEADER:     Robbie 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.

Description:

This program is especially designed for beginners. Learn about the skills needed to master birding as a hobby.  Practice making observations, learn to use binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides. Learn about resources available for ongoing skill building. A discussion in the Morro Coast Audubon office will be followed by an outdoor walk at the Marina Boardwalk to practice skills. There will be a short break for lunch.  Skills practice can be done indoors if it is raining. Bring binoculars if you have them.  Restrooms are available. Children over 12 are welcome. 

ADA Accessible: Yes

Experience Level:  Beginners

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAR 13thOn 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

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MCAS Field Trip - MAR 19 - Habitat: Salt Marsh and Mud Flats at the Morro Bay Marina Peninsula Trail

Salt Marsh and Mud Flats [photo by Faylla Chapman]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents 

FIELD TRIP:       Habitat: Salt Marsh and Mud Flats at the Morro Bay Marina Peninsula Trail 

DATE:                  Tuesday, March 19, 2024 

TIME:                   1:00pm-3:00 pm 

LEADER:            Faylla Chapman 

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:

Back by popular demand…You may have been on the Marina Boardwalk and wondered about all the specialized plants that you see in the estuary. This is your chance to find out more about this unique environment. Join biologist Faylla Chapman to take an in-depth look at the salt marsh and mudflat habitats. You will learn how our estuary was formed, how it is constantly changing and how the native plants here are a resource for our migratory birds as well as humans and marine mammals.  

Terrain: salt marsh flats and boardwalk trail (flat)

Distance: about 1 mile RT

ADA Accessible: Boardwalk-Yes, Salt Marsh-No (but accommodations made)

Experience Level: All are Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAR 4th. 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 Virtual Community Program - MAR 18 - 15 Years of Birding for Conservation in Colombia

 

Crimson-rumped Toucanet [photo by Chris Calonje]

MCAS Virtual Community Program 

Title:               15 Years of Birding for Conservation in Colombia

Presenter:      Presented by Christopher Calonje 

When:             Monday, March 18th, 2024, 7:00 pm 

Zoom INFO below

Description: Christopher Calonje will talk about his 15-year involvement in promoting bird tourism in his native Colombia. The end of a 50-year civil war brought peace and prosperity to a country marred by violence, opening it up to tourism and to birders from around the globe. Colombia boasts the world's longest list of birds, now over 1,960 species, which is roughly 20% of the world’s species in a country that occupies less than 1% of Earth's landmass. Chris will discuss how bird tourism has supported conservation and local communities in rural areas of Colombia, and his involvement in the process since the country finally became accessible to birders at the beginning of the 21st century. 

Bio: A Humboldt State University graduate, Chris has led hundreds of tours in all regions of Colombia since he founded Colombia Birdwatch in 2009. Chris devotes his time to various non-profit conservation groups and local communities in Colombia and also runs the amazing Araucana Lodge in southwestern Colombia, near the city of Cali. Owned by his family on a 30-acre property purchased in 1957 by his grandfather Julio H., the lodge has been touted as one of the best birding lodges in the country.

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

Join Zoom Meeting                 Zoom Meeting ID: 985 7649 5990                 Passcode: 640771 

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]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

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]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

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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