MCAS Pacific Flyway Newsletter


December 2021 / January 2022

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Eureka! The Birds of SLO County


October 2021

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MCAS Virtual Community Program - DEC 19th - Awards & MB CBC Compilation

 


WHEN:    Sunday, December 19th, 7:00-8:30pm


This community program will begin with MCAS business that will include award announcements for the Libbie Agran Scholarship, Outstanding Service, and Volunteer of the Year.

 

Next will be the Morro Bay CBC Compilation led by Jay Carroll. The compilation is the culmination of the annual MB Christmas Bird Count held on Dec 18th. A count of all species seen will be tabulated. Total number of species in count years 2010-2020 have ranged from 175 to 204, with anywhere from 81 to 142 participants. What will the counts be this year?

 

MCAS CBC results 

ZOOM INFO:

Topic: Morro Coast's Christmas Bird Count Compilation Zoom Meeting

Time:  Dec 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

EASIEST: Click link below.

Link-->  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85389219451?pwd=V1h5V3B1MHFBL3ZiSXVkNU9taWdpZz09 

If you use the Zoom app on your computer, you will need to enter Meeting ID & Passcode.

Meeting ID:  853 8921 9451  (Spaces appear automatically as you type)

Passcode:    MorroCoast     (No spaces, CaseSensitive)


Programs Chair: Wendy McKeown wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 21 - FULL - High Tide at Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve


NOW FULL as of 12/03. You can add your name to a waiting list by contacting Robbie Revel robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org. 

FIELD TRIP            High Tide at Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

DATE                       Tuesday, December 21, 2021

TIME                        9:30 AM – 11:00AM

LEADER                 Robbie Revel

CO-LEADER          Bob Revel

 

Trip is limited to 12 participants.

 

Audubon Sweet Springs Nature Preserve with its two viewing platforms and meandering trails will allow us panoramic views of the estuary, wetlands and mudflats. High tide brings dabbling and diving ducks, wintering Brant and lots of shore birds closer in for excellent observation opportunities. Dirt paths and level boardwalks make for easy walking of approximately 1 mile. 

 

Experience Level: Beginning to Intermediate.

 

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required! 

 

To participate, please email Robbie Revel, Field Trip committee at Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org to request and receive a confirmed reservation for this field trip. Exact meeting location will be given to those with confirmed reservations. 

 

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

 

Contact: Robbie Revel robbie@morrocoastaudu        bon.org

 

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 19th - High Tide at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk

 


NOW FULL as of 11/22. You can add your name to a waiting list by contacting Freddy Howell at freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org.

 

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

WHEN:              Sunday, December 19, 2021 

TIME:                8-10AM

LEADER:         Mark Mushkat

 

Trip is limited to 12 participants

 

December 19 has a high tide of 5.7 ft peaking at 9:22AM. This pushes shorebirds up close to our viewing area. Enjoy a morning stroll along the Boardwalk with MCAS Field Trip leader, Mark Mushkat, to identify wintering shorebirds and migrants, sea ducks and grebes, and the land birds occupying the coastal sage scrub habitat. It is a short walk of about one mile on a boardwalk and dirt path. 

 

Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

 

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

 

To participate, please email Freddy Howell, Field Trip Coordinator, at Freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org to request and receive a confirmed reservation for this field trip. Exact meeting location will be given to those with confirmed reservations. 

 

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

 

Contact: Freddy Howell, freddy@morrocoastaudubon.org

 

VIDEO Hi Mountain 25th Anniversary Celebration

 


Another great video is of the Hi Mountain 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Hi Mountain Lookout has been restored as a biological field research station and visitor center. Take a virtual tour of the interpretive visitor center with condor and other wildlife displays and a collection of local natural history references. The video includes a slide show overview of the 25 year history of the Condor Lookout Project, a virtual tour of the lookout facilities, the geographical landmarks that can be viewed in the distance from the Pacific coast to the snow-covered Sierras, and concludes with a question/answer session and virtual social hour.

Thanks to the California Central Coast Chapter of The Wildlife Society for making this video available.

VIDEO from NOV Community Program - Birds of SLO 2020 Part 2

 

Photo by Mike Bush

The video of the NOVEMBER Community Program is now available on the MCAS YouTube Channel.

It was a GREAT program and worth seeing.

There were some technical problems, but just ignore those and take a guess as to how many species were identified. 

(HINT: it was over 200!)

MCAS Field Trip - DEC 9TH - FULL - Oso Flaco Multi-habitat Walk


NOW FULL as of 12/04. You can add your name to a waiting list by contacting Robbie Revel robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org. 

LOCATION: Oso Flaco Lake
DATE:          Thursday, December 9, 2021

TIME:           8 – 11AM

LEADER:     MARK MUSHKAT

 

Trip is limited to 12 participants.

 

Enjoy close views of waterfowl and occasional bitterns and rails from the boardwalk over Oso Flaco Lake and marsh. Bird two prime willow habitats for wintering warblers. Includes 2-3 miles of slow walking through riparian woodland, across the lake boardwalk, into the coastal sage scrub, and if time permits, we will continue to the beach in search of specialties there.  Walking is on a level trail and wooden boardwalk, and possibly sand if continuing to beach. 

 

Experience Level: Beginning to Intermediate.

 

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required! 

 

To participate, please email Robbie Revel, Field Trip committee at Robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org to request and receive a confirmed reservation for this field trip. Exact meeting location will be given to those with confirmed reservations. 

 

Wear 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 at the trail head. Rain cancels.

 

Contact: Robbie Revel robbie@morrocoastaudubon.org