MCAS Field Trip - AUG 28th - Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Transition

 

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Transition

DATE:                  Sunday, August 28th, 2022

TIME:                   8:30am - 11:00am

LEADER:            Kaaren Perry

CO-LEADER:     Robbie Revel

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.

Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve with its two viewing platforms and meandering trails allows panoramic views of the estuary, wetlands and mudflat and the multiple habitats within the preserve. August is a transitional time: breeding season is over and migratory species are either leaving or returning. We never know what birds we will find but it is always exciting. Dirt paths and level boardwalks make for easy walking of approximately 1 mile.

Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress in layers as it can be cool and windy. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and snacks as needed. Restroom (port-a-potty) is available at the East entrance. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginning to Intermediate.

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of AUG 13th. 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 Freddy Howell freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

Neonic Nation: Is Widespread Pesticide Use Connected To Grassland Bird Declines?

Remember when DDT was the huge deal in songbird deaths? There appears to be a new threat that is just as devastating, but harder to track: Neonicotinoids. The vast majority of this threat comes from the unregulated coating of seeds for this long-lived, water soluble insecticide that is finding its way into our waterways and killing off stream invertebrates upon which many birds rely.

Read the full story in Article by Scott Weidensaul for All About Birds (TheCornellLab).

 

MCAS Field MCAS Field Trip - AUG 26 - Cloisters to the Strand

 


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Cloisters to the Strand

DATE:                  Friday, August 26, 2022

TIME:                   8:30am to 11am

LEADER:            Karen Watts

CO-LEADER:     Freddy Howell

Trip is limited to 15 participants - A waiting list will be started once the trip is full.

Enjoy a leisurely walk through many different habitats; from grassy park, reed lined pond, backyard bird feeders, tree tunnel and finally out to the Morro Strand State Park Beach. RED-WINGED and BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS visit many of the feeders and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS are lurking in the trees around the pond. There are a variety of breeding and migrant birds in the willows along the trail north and south. The nuttalli race of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW breeds nearby and is often seen up close. Just as the trail reaches the beach sand there is a seasonal pool. In another 100 yards to the north there is another seasonal pool. When present these pools, although small, can sometimes have an amazing variety of species present and easy to view! Look for GULLS, TERNS and SHOREBIRDS. Walk will be on a flat trail and beach with some areas of deep sand. Expect to walk 1 – 2 miles at a slow pace.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Restrooms are available. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of AUG 11th. 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 Freddy Howell freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - AUG 13 - Laguna Lake

 


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Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Laguna Lake

DATE:                  Saturday, August 13, 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, waterfowl and raptors. The open space and power poles are good for raptors. Marshy areas can be productive for warblers, wrens, munias and the lake offers the usual suspects and perhaps a surprise. The trail is flat and we will walk approximately 1.0-1.5 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 29th. 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.

Contact: Freddy Howell, freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - AUG 12 - Montaña de Oro Multiple Habitats

 


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Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Montaña de Oro Multiple Habitats

WHEN:                Friday, August 12, 2022

TIME:                   9:00 AM - 11:30

LEADER:            Claudia Freitas

CO LEADER      Karen Watts

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.

Join Claudia and Karen to explore the multiple habitats of the rugged coastal park of Montana De Oro. The walk will follow the sea-bluffs along the south shore of Spooner’s Cove, through coastal sage scrub and south along the rocky coast looking for rock loving shorebirds, sea ducks and raptors. The walk continues along Islay Creek’s riparian habitat into the pine-studded campgrounds to observe passerines, woodpeckers and birds that call our coastal scrublands home. This is a gentle walk of about 1-2 miles along flat trails and paved road 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 at several places during the walk. Rain cancels.

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of JULY 28th. The 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 website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel at robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - AUG 6 - High Tide at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk

 


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Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

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

WHEN:                Saturday, August 6, 2022

TIME:                   12:00 Noon-2:00 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 22nd. The 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 website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via Groups.io.

Questions? Email Robbie Revel at robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org

PACIFIC FLYWAY NEWSLETTER -- July/August 2022


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


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