PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER -- July/August 2022


JULY/AUGUST 2022

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


MAY 2022

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MCAS Field Trip - AUG 3rd - Shorebird Habitat on Morro Strand

 


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Shorebird Habitat on Morro Strand

DATE:                  Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

TIME:                   9 – 11:30AM

LEADER:            Robbie Revel

CO-LEADER:     Karen Watts

Trip is limited to 15 participants. Signups will be taken for 24 hours. 15 participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations.

Morro Bay is on the Pacific Flyway and is a favorite stop for migrating birds. During the height of migration, there are literally thousands of birds on the beach! They can be seen poking at the sand and piles of rotting seaweed. What are they finding to eat? Sandy beaches may look bare, but they host a rich assortment of living organisms. Sand traps detritus and provides a surface for algae and bacteria to grow. Piles of wrack are made of rotting seaweed, plants, and animals. Both environments provide food for invertebrates that become tasty meals for birds. Join us to explore these environments and find out what is attracting all of our wonderful shorebirds. We will be walking 1 -2 miles along hard pack and soft beach sand.

Wear a hat, sturdy walking shoes and dress in layers as it can be cool and windy. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and snacks as needed. Restrooms are available in the Morro Strand Campground. Rain cancels

Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of July 19th. The LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org


MCAS Field Trip - JUL 26 - Laguna Lake


Morro Coast Audubon Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Laguna Lake

DATE:                  Tuesday, July 26, 2022

TIME:                   8AM-11AM

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.

We’ll bird the park’s trees and meadows looking for migrating songbirds, flycatchers and raptors. The open space and power poles are good for raptors. Marshy areas can be productive for warblers, wrens, munias. The trail is flat and we will walk approximately 1.5 - 2 miles.

Bring binoculars and field guide; Hats and sunscreen are suggested along with dressing for cool and windy conditions. Restrooms are available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of July 11thThe LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Contact: Freddy Howell, freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org 

MCAS Field Trip - JUL 23 - High Tide at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk

 


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       High Tide at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk

WHEN:                Saturday, July 23, 2022

TIME:                   3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the Boardwalk with MCAS Field Trip leader, Mark Mushkat to identify early returning shorebirds and migrants, as well as the land birds occupying the coastal sage scrub habitat. The afternoon high tide should push the shorebirds in closer for better observation. This is a short walk of about one mile on a boardwalk and dirt path and is ADA accessible.

Bring binoculars and field guide; Hats and sunscreen are suggested along with dressing for cool and windy conditions. Restrooms are available in the parking lot beside Bayside Cafe. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of July 8thThe LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on the above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS websiteand/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel at robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org 

MCAS Workshop & Field Trip - JUL 9 & 13 - Birding for Beginners, Parts 1 & 2



 WORKSHOP:     Birding for Beginners-Part 1

DATE:                  Saturday, July 9, 2022

TIME:                   9:30am to 12:00pm

LEADER:            Robbie Revel

CO-LEADER:     Karen Watts

Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

In the Workshop Part 1, you will learn the skills needed to master birding as a hobby. A slide presentation, discussion and use of bird mounts will allow participants to practice making the types of observations necessary in identifying birds. We will learn to use binoculars and spotting scopes, and learn about resources available for ongoing skill building. The workshop will be held at the Audubon Office in Morro Bay. Restrooms are available.

FIELD TRIP:       Birding for Beginners-Part 2

LOCATION:        State Park Marina Boardwalk

DATE:                  Wednesday, July 13, 2022

TIME:                   9:00am - 11:30am

LEADER:            Karen Watts

CO-LEADER:     Robbie Revel

Field Trip is limited to 12 participants.

Take a leisurely walk along the Marina Boardwalk with Robbie and Karen as we practice making quality observations using binoculars and spotting scopes, and using bird books and apps to identify some of our common birds. Participation in Part 1 is helpful but not required.

Wear a hat, sturdy shoes and layers as it can be windy. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and snacks as needed. Restrooms are available at the campground and adjacent to the Bayside Café. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginning Birders

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required for both the Workshop and Field Trip!

The registration for Beginning Birding Workshop and Field trip will open on the morning of June 24th. The LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

 

MCAS Birding Field Trip & Annual June Picnic - JUN 27th

 

Birding Field Trip & Annual June Picnic

Monday, June 27th

El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek Group Area

 

What:

Informal birding walk: 5:00 - 6:15 pm

Picnic: 6:15 - 7:30 pm

 

Where:

Dairy Creek Group Area

El Chorro Regional Park

2961 Dairy Creek Rd., SLO

 




MCAS will hold its annual June Picnic, our first in 2 years due to COVID restrictions, at the Dairy Creek Group area, the third group area on your left as you drive into the park (across the street from the SLOBG Children’s Garden). The closest restrooms are located at the Lupine Group Day Use Area or near the entrance to the park. This is an ADA accessible group area.

 

The potluck picnic will be held from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. Bring a dish to share, and your own reusable table setting, in addition to a picnic tablecloth if you have one. If you’d rather not share, bring your own meal. Assorted soft drinks and cookies will be provided by MCAS hospitality. 

 

Prior to the Picnic, an informal birding field trip around El Chorro Regional Park led by Jay Carroll and Eric Wier will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm. Join Jay and Eric for a late afternoon walk through the varied habitats and surrounding environs of El Chorro Regional Park. This short bird walk will be over gentle terrain and will begin and end in the Dairy Creek Group area in time for the Morro Coast Audubon Annual Picnic! People of all birding skills are welcome. We will look for White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, Western Scrub-jay, Western Bluebird and possible nesting Black-headed Grosbeaks and Orioles. Bring your own binoculars and take a casual stroll with fellow birders. No signups will be required. 

 

The event is open to all at no charge. We’d love to have you join us!

 

Questions? Email Wendy McKeown at wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org

 

 

How to report banded Elegant Terns and WHY that is important

Wikipedia Commons - Kevin Cole, photographer
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As Elegant Terns begin to reappear in our county during Spring/Summer, please be alert to the fact that some of these may be banded. These bands were put on juvenile Elegant Terns as a result of an incident that left hundreds homeless last summer, 2021, in the Long Beach Harbor. This Long Beach nesting tern colony is one of a very few important locations in California for breeding Elegant Terns. Such limited distribution makes the species highly vulnerable and a “Species of Special Concern” in California There is currently a study, conducted by International Bird Rescue, with the hope of monitoring the terns movements as they seek suitable roosting and nesting locations for breeding season 2022 and beyond. See flyer below for additional information just in case you find one or more of these banded terns and are able to assist in the study.