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]

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]

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

MCAS Field Trip - JUN 22 - Marina Boardwalk Full Moon Rising Tide

Whimbrel at the Marina [photo by Mark Mushkat]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP:       Marina Boardwalk Full Moon Rising Tide  

DATE:                 Saturday, June 22, 2024  

TIME:                  5:00pm to 7:00pm  

LEADER:            Mark Mushkat  

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.

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 ebird.org/home and click Get Started

b. Fill out the information requested

c. Start exploring eBird!

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a leisurely late afternoon stroll along the Boardwalk with Mark to view and identify shorebirds and migrants as they follow the incoming tide, as well as the land birds occupying the coastal sage scrub habitat. The full moon will also be rising. This is a short walk of about one mile on a boardwalk and dirt path and is ADA accessible. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: Yes

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of JUN 12thOn 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

PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER - June 2024


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MCAS Field Trip - JUN 8 - Los Flores Ranch Park

Los Flores Ranch Hills [photo by Linda Signal]


REGISTRATION CLOSED.


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents - For South County Residents  

FIELD TRIP:             Los Flores Ranch Park  

DATE:                        Saturday, June 8, 2024  

TIME:                         8:00AM-11:00AM  

LEADERS:                Linda Signal and Mark Mushkat  

Trip is limited to 15 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours or until the trip fills.  Participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. Only registered people may attend.

Description: Los Flores Ranch Park comprises 1,778 acres of rolling hills south of the City of Santa Maria. The park offers the public a mix of environmental education, land preservation and recreation, with about fifteen miles of multi-use trails. On this active 2.25 mile trip, look for songbirds, flycatchers and raptors. There is a gradual uphill walk on asphalt from the parking lot to the entrance. The trails can be overgrown, so long pants are recommended. Porta potties are available at the start and on the trail.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended because of thistles and other vegetation that can cause discomfort. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

NOTE: $3.00 entrance fee; free for Seniors 65+

Directions: 6271 Dominion Road

From San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria: Head South on HWY 101. Turn Left at Clark Ave. Exit. Turn Right on Dominion Rd. The main parking lot is approx. 2 miles on the right. Do not park at The Patch or Equestrian parking lots.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: Beginner

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 30thOn 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 15 - Birding by Ear at Sweet Springs


Birding by Ear with Jessica [photo by Robbie Revel]

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents  

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Sweet Springs

DATE: Saturday, June 15, 2024

TIME: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

LEADER: Jessica Griffiths 

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: Spring is a busy time for the breeding birds of Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  Join Jessica to practice your “birding by ear” skills, identifying birds by their songs and calls, and well as identifying all birds that we see. 

Conditions: Easy, level walking paths, binoculars useful, layer clothing for morning temperatures. Restroom Port-a-Potty is at the North entrance.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of JUN 5thOn 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

VIDEO now available for MAY 20 Community Program - Beavers and Why They Matter

View the video on MCAS YouTube Channel.

Description: If you walk along the Salinas River in California much of it is a dry, sandy wash. Imagine instead seeing large expanses of ponds surrounded by lush willows and cottonwoods, teaming with wildlife and birdsong. This difference leads to answering the question, ‘Why Do Beavers Matter?” In this presentation, Audrey Taub will explain how beavers can help make the Central Coast wetter, more resilient to floods, droughts, and fire, thus creating a more sustainable climate for birds and other wildlife. She will also explain how to get involved in promoting the creation of more wetlands in your area by supporting the beavers.