Friday, April 20, 2018

Circle of Friends and Paver Donors unite to celebrate on May 20th!

Everyone is invited to join the MCAS Board in welcoming the 2017 Sweet Springs Circle of Friends donors and the second round of Paver donors on Sunday, May 20th.

The event will begin at 3PM at the entrance to East Sweet Springs (4th and Ramona) with participants gathering around the new patio area, which surrounds the entrance kiosk. Then the group will “bird” along the walk through the Preserve over to the Central portion of the Preserve to the main entrance on Ramona, where the Circle of Friends kiosks are located. The recognition of Circle donors will begin about 4PM. Wine, cider, and light refreshments will accompany the festivities. 

Circle donors are those who have donated at least $500 designated to be used at Sweet Springs, while paver donors donated $100 per paver to be placed in the patio area at the entrance to East Sweet Springs. Both Circle and paver donors are able to choose the wording they wish to appear on their plaque or paver. The Circle of Friends option will continue during the 2018 fund drive, while the paver option will end with this round of paver installations.

Cambria WILDFLOWER Show - April 28-29

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

AUDUBON BIRD WALK at SLO Botanical Gardens


What:            Birding at the Garden
Where:          SLO Botanical Garden in El Chorro Regional Park
Leaders:       Eric Wier and Jay Carroll of the Morro Coast Audubon Society
Date/Time:    Sunday, May 6
, 9:00-11:00 AM

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 expect to see dozens of species in a variety of habitats, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, California 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.
Bird Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members.

Please RSVP.
For more information and to RSVP, contact

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

Eric has been birding since his teen years, and has enjoyed searching out birds from arctic Alaska to Costa Rica. 

Jay’s interest in birds began with shorebird censuses in Elkhorn Slough in the 1970s and later expanded during trips to southeast Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, and Australia. He has lived on the Central Coast for over 35 years.

Additional information can be found on the SLOBG’s Event page:

Monday, March 26, 2018

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Oso Flaco Lake

Birding by Ear Field Trip 
with Jessica Griffiths 

Saturday, April 21st Oso Flaco Lake

RSVP Required! Trip limited to 17 participants

"Birding By Ear" is back again by popular demand! Join Jessica Griffiths for a bird walk focusing on bird songs and calls. She will ID all of the bird songs heard, as well as presenting helpful tips and mnemonic devices for remembering who sings what.

Participants must contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trips chair, to request and receive a confirmed reservation for the trip. Exact meeting time and location will be given to those with confirmed reservations.

Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended as there will be 1-2 miles of slow walking. Appropriate for ages 12 and up and all levels of birding expertise.

For trip specifics, directions, start time, and to RSVP, contact Jan Surbey, MCAS field trips chair:


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