The End of an Era


The Morro Coast Audubon Society Board would like to thank Judy Neuhauser for her dedication to conservation and her work as the President of MCAS over the last 5 years. Judy has led all of us through land acquisitions, grant awards, and technology advances for the chapter. Although Judy is stepping down from the position of President, she will stay active with the chapter working with the Lands committee and Sweet Springs Circle of Friends.

Again, our deep appreciation to Judy for the time, energy, and commitment she has given to conservation in our community. Please join us in thanking Judy for her important service to our community.

 

Thank you Judy!

Climate Bond Vote Needs Your Support

Sharks Inlet, Montana De Oro State Park [photo by Joanne Aasen]

MCAS urges you to send a message to our elected representatives in support of a climate bond vote to be placed on the November ballot.

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MCAS Diversity Statement and Land Acknowledgement


Morro Coast Audubon is dedicated to ensuring conservation, nature, and the outdoors are inclusive spaces for everyone, regardless of their background. By respecting, valuing, and including people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives, we strive to create a safe, equitable, and vibrant future for environmental stewardship on the Central Coast.

We invite you to review our new Diversity Statement and Land Acknowledgment.

Habitat and Wildlife Protection - You can help!

Looking South over Estero Beach to Morro Rock [photo by Dave Tyra]

[MCAS email sent to State Senator John Laird and State Representative Dawn Addis.] 

June 13, 2024 

 

My name is David Tyra, and I am the Conservation Chair of Morro Coast Audubon Society. On behalf of MCAS and its 1,000 plus members, I’m writing to ask that you protect and preserve funding for the Habitat Conservation Fund. Please remove the current section in the State Budget Proposal that would revert the funding, and reject any efforts to eliminate its annual allocation. 

 

The Habitat Conservation Fund has been the most useful and reliable source of funding for vital conservation and restoration projects for more than three decades. Hundreds of important projects protecting everything from countless bird species like, Western Burrowing Owls and Western Bluebirds to mountain lions to coasts, to wetlands have been supported – nearly a million acres in all. In addition, the Fund is one of the few reliable and ongoing funding sources for the state’s Climate Plan and 30x30 Initiative. 

 

The birds, wildlife, and people of California rely on our diverse habitats and our conservation efforts. Please save this successful program to protect the future of wildlife and communities.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Tyra

MCAS Conservation Chair

dave@morrocoastaudubon.org

 


YOU CAN HELP at…


CA Audubon Alert, Support Habitat Protection: https://act.audubon.org/a/tell-ca-senate-and-assembly-we-need-habitat-and-wildlife-protection

MCAS EVENT - JUN 24 - Birding Field Trip & Annual June Picnic

2023 Picnic Bird Walk [photo by Wendy McKeown]

                                         MCAS Birding Field Trip & Annual June Picnic 

Includes a short Program: 

Conservation Ranching & How it Benefits Grassland Ecosystems

with Daniel Sinton and Grace Ferguson

Monday, June 24th, 2024, beginning @ 5 pm

El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek Group Area

 

What: 

MCAS is inviting members, friends and guests, including CNPS-SLO members to attend the MCAS annual June Picnic that includes a birding walk and a short program on Conservation Ranching. 

 

When:

Monday, June 24th, 2024

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

        Picnic & talk: 6:00-7:15 pm

 

Where:

Dairy Creek Group Area, El Chorro Regional Park

2961 Dairy Creek Rd., SLO

 

Location Details: The Dairy Creek Group Area is the third group area on your left as you drive into the park (across the street from the SLO Botanical Garden Children’s Garden). This is an ADA accessible group area. The closest restrooms are located at the Lupine Group Day Use Area or near the entrance to the park. 

 

RSVP:

Please let us know if you are planning on attending, and how many hamburgers you would like us to prepare for your party by clicking on the link below:

 

RSVP HERE by JUNE 17th

Picnic Details:

Bring a dish to share (w/serving utensils), and your own reusable table setting (plate, cup, flatware, etc.), in addition to a picnic tablecloth if you have one. If you’d rather not share, bring your own meal, or have a hamburger on us (see below for details). Assorted beverages and cookies will be provided by MCAS hospitality. 

 

This year, MCAS, in conjunction with the CA Audubon Conservation Ranching Program, will be providing BBQ’d hamburgers made with CA Audubon Certified Bird Friendly beef for anyone interested. An RSVP is requested for this so we know how many to plan for (see link above).

 

Program: Conservation Ranching & How it Benefits Grassland Ecosystems

Daniel Sinton, part of the family that owns and operates both the Avenales and the Shell Creek Ranch (of Shell Creek wildflower fame) and Grace Ferguson from CA Audubon Conservation Ranching Program will be on hand to talk about how this program benefits grassland ecosystems, including birds. 

 

Nationwide, grassland bird populations have fallen 53% since 1970 according to the Cornell Ornithological Lab. A study of 35 Audubon-certified ranches in the Northern Great Plains from 2016–2019, however, showed that bird populations on those lands increased by an average of 35 percent. One ranch in Wyoming showed an increase of 180%. Even if you are not a beef eater, you might want to find ways to support this initiative that has the potential to stem the losses of these birds.

 

Birding Field Trip:

Prior to the Picnic, an informal birding field trip around El Chorro Regional Park led by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson and Mark Mushkat will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Join Torrey and Mark 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. Some of the species we might expect to see include White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, Western Scrub-jay, Western Bluebird, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock's Oriole. Bring your own binoculars and take a casual stroll with fellow birders. No signups are required for this birding walk. 

 

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

 

MCAS Field Trip - JUN 30 - Lichens of White Point In Morro Bay

Lichens at White Point [photo by Ben Holsted]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP:       Lichens of White Point in Morro Bay  

DATE:                  Sunday, June 30, 2024  

TIME:                   10:00am to 12 Noon  

LEADER:            Michael Mulroy  

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 lichen enthusiast Michael Mulroy for an exploration of the unique maritime lichen flora of Morro Bay at White Point. During the walk, we will learn about the charismatic fog lichens, discuss the important ecological roles of lichens in coastal habitats, and learn to identify several common and perhaps one or two locally rare lichen species. 

This walk will follow the short but steep and uneven walk up to the top of White Point overlook at the Natural History Museum. Could be difficult for some, so please take this into consideration when registering.  

Restrooms are available. Rain Cancels.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of JUN 20thOn that date, MCAS members 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 Revel robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - JUN 26 - Visit the Atascadero Beavers with SLO Beaver Brigade

Beaver Brigade at Salinas River [Photo by Brittany App]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP:       Visit the Atascadero Beavers with SLO Beaver Brigade  

DATE:                  Wednesday, June 26, 2024  

TIME:                   8:00am to 10:00am  

LEADER:            SLO Beaver Brigade  

Trip is limited to 20 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: After the winter rains and floods, the beaver dams on the Salinas River in Atascadero were all washed away.  They have just begun rebuilding their dams and recreating their habitat. Come join us as we explore this new dam and beaver complex and see what changes have happened since our last visit.

The walk is a half-mile walk out to the ponds on sandy, rocky trails. It is helpful to wear water shoes or tall boots since we typically walk into the water up to our shins, or old sneakers you won't mind walking with into the water.

Restrooms are not available. There is no water or restroom facilities at the site, Home Depot and Starbucks are the closest facilities.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of JUN 16thOn that date, MCAS members 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 Howell freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org