MCAS Field Trip - OCT 30th or NOV 7th - Native Plants and Birds of Oceano


Great Blue Heron at Oceano Lagoon - Photo by Peggy Burhenn


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Native Plants and Birds of Oceano

DATE:                 Sunday, October 30    OR

                            Monday, November 7, 2022

TIME:                  8:30am to 10:30am

                    (We can stay longer if we’re seeing a lot of great birds!)

LEADER:            Peggy Burhenn,

                        Master Gardener, CA State Park Docent Oceano Dunes District

CO-LEADER:     Jay Carroll, October 30

                 Eric Wier, November 7

We are asking that if you are retired or not working that you sign up for the Monday trip and leave the Sunday trip for those who only have the weekends available. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

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.

DESCRIPTION: California native plants are all around us, they provide nourishment for wildlife and beauty to the landscape. We will meet at the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center and review some common plants we expect to see on our walk. We will also discuss using apps to help ID plants. We will walk the path along the Oceano Lagoon to the native plant gardens in the Oceano Campground. As we walk we will stop to identify plants and share stories about how they might have been used by the Chumash people, as well as discuss which ones might grow well in local gardens. This area tends to be very birdy so of course we will stop for any bird life we see.

The Visitor Center is open from 12-4pm and so if you are still around you can enjoy that as it is free!

Feel free to bring your lunch. There are picnic tables.

Terrain: Mostly smooth, even terrain with a newly constructed boardwalk that hugs the shore of the lagoon.

Distance: 1 mile, maybe more if we walk around the campground searching for birds.

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 OCT 15th. On that date, the LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN MCAS ALERT EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website  and/or SLOCOBIRDING via

Questions? Email Freddy Howell