CUESTA COURSE: NEW California Naturalist Program


Cuesta College offers California Naturalist Certification Course. For more info see https://www.cuesta.edu/communityprograms/community-education/nature_science/naturalist.html.

FIELD TRIP: Birding at SLO Botanical Gardens - May 4th


Spring Audubon Bird Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WITH MORRO COAST AUDUBON MEMBERS ERIC WIER & JAY CARROLL

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Eric Wier and Jay Carroll of the Morro Coast Audubon Society on Saturday, May 4th from 9 AM to 11 AM for a birding walk for all skill levels. This engaging walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs will get you acquainted with the wide variety of feathered friends found in SLO County. We will look for spring birds, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, and California Scrub-jay.

The walk will begin near the purple entrance to the SLO Botanical Garden.  If you have binoculars please bring them; if not, loaners will be available.

Walk is $5 for Garden and Audubon members / $10 non-members. Kids are FREE. Registration is preferred. To RSVP contact education@slobg.org.

A $3 fee is charged for parking by San Luis Obispo County Parks in El Chorro Regional Park April through September on weekends and holidays.

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.

FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at San Simeon - May 4th



FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at San Simeon
Saturday, May 4th

RSVP Required! Limited to 17 participants**

Jessica Griffiths will again lead this Birding by Ear field trip. This field trip will focus on bird songs and calls. Jessica will ID all of the bird songs heard, and present helpful tips and mnemonic devices for remembering who sings what.

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 with some ups and downs along the trail.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up and all levels of birding expertise.

This is a FREE trip; no fees charged.

**Those interested must reserve a spot by emailing Jan Surbey, MCAS field trip chair, at jan@morrocoastaudubon.org. Jan will send start time and directions to those with reservations.

FIELD TRIP: Cerro Alto Campground - April 6th

FIELD TRIP: Cerro Alto Campground
Saturday, April 6th

RSVP Required! Limited to 10 participants**

Join leader Will Knowlton for this morning walk along the road at Cerro Alto Campground. Expected birds would be: Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Cassin's Vireo, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Purple Finch, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

There is a $10 day-use fee. Due to an agreement with the concessionaire, neither National Forest Adventure passes nor National Park public lands passes are accepted in lieu of paying the day-use fees.

**Those interested must reserve a spot by emailing Jan Surbey, MCAS field trip chair, at jan@morrocoastaudubon.org. Jan will send start time and directions to those with reservations.



Charles Paddock Zoo: PARTY FOR THE PLANET - April 13th


Photo Courtesy Charles Paddock Zoo

April 13th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Join us for a fun filled day to celebrate our wonderful, Planet Earth! The zoo staff will be hosting several conservation partners from around the county, including MCAS, to share their work with our visitors. There will be activities for the kids, a craft station, temporary tattoo's, a meet-and-greet with ambassador animals and more! All included with general admission.

EUREKA! THE BIRDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - February 2019


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MCAS Sends Letter to CA State Parks re: Oso Flaco Plan


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FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Oso Flaco Lake - April 13th


FIELD TRIP: Birding by Ear at Oso Flaco Lake
Saturday, April 13th

RSVP Required! 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, and present helpful tips and mnemonic devices for remembering who sings what.

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.

This is a FREE trip; no fees charged.

**Those interested must reserve a spot by emailing Jan Surbey, MCAS field trip chair, at jan@morrocoastaudubon.org. Jan will send start time and directions to those with reservations.