New Board Members Appointed to Fill Board Vacancies

Morro Coast Audubon Society welcomes two new Board members: Linda Sewell and Dave Tyra! 

Dave Tyra is returning after a year’s hiatus and has been appointed to serve as the Conservation Chair on the MCAS Board of Directors so our MCAS voice is heard loud and clear on the critical conservation issues facing the SLO County. 

Linda Sewell was appointed to serve as Membership Chair and will take over maintaining the database of membership and supporters of MCAS. She has plans to expand our membership base and reach all of those in SLO County who treasure and appreciate our avian neighbors and wildlife habitat.


Dave Tyra is a native Californian, growing up in Santa Cruz, and currently lives in Templeton. His background is Operations and IT management in high tech companies in Silicon Valley, where he worked for 25 years. He ran his own video services company for 6 years, until moving from San Jose to Paso Robles in 2006. He and his son had been casual birders for some time and joined Morro Coast Audubon in 2011. At his son’s request, they attended the National Audubon Conference in Stevenson, WA in 2013. He has served as Treasurer, President, Vice President and Flyway editor at MCAS. He has coordinated the California Brown Pelican survey and Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey for San Luis Obispo county. He is also the Central Coast Chapters representative on the Audubon California advisory board. He is stepping into the role of Conservation Chair that was vacated by the retirement of Doug Tait. His priority while addressing current conservation issues is to recruit a new younger Conservation Chair for MCAS.


Linda Sewell has lived on the Central Coast for over 35 years. She began birding at the first Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival in 1996. She has been a casual birder interspersed with periods of crazed pursuit of rare birds since that time. Computers were a hobby early on and carried over into her career. She worked for PG&E at Diablo Canyon in the field of Radiation Protection. Since her retirement in 2018 she has been able to devote more time to volunteer work first as a Docent with State Parks and now as the MCAS Membership chair. Her initial starting goals as Membership chair are to streamline the membership process for both the member and the membership subcommittee and to increase membership in MCAS.