MCAS 5 Field Trips - May 13 - Global Bird Day

[Image Courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology] 


 Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Global Big Day

DATE:                  Saturday, May 13, 2023

TIME:                   8:30-11:00 AM

Morro Coast Audubon Society’s Field Trip Committee invites you to celebrate Global Big Day by joining us on one of five special field trips. These five trips will run simultaneously, in different locations, with leaders offering in-the-field training for bird identification and for posting on eBird. The eBird app is free and you can install it on your home computer and/or your mobile device. You must have an eBird account to participate.

EACH Trip is limited to 12 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours or until all trips are full. Participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations.Your eBird username or eBird Email address is required to register. Only registered people may attend a field trip.

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required!

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome


Atascadero Lake                            LEADERS: Jeanette Stone and Freddy Howell

Join leaders Jeanette and Freddy for this bird walk around Atascadero Lake which will be approximately one mile long, at a slow to moderate pace, depending on where and how often we’re seeing birds. The terrain is gentle, over flat surfaces. Expect to see numerous species in a variety of habitats and a variety of waterfowl. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: Yes.

Cloisters Park                                 LEADERS: Karen Watts and Claudia Freitas

Enjoy a leisurely walk through many different habitats; from grassy park, reed lined pond, backyard bird feeders, and finally out to the Morro Strand State Park Beach. The pond and marsh offer sightings of secretive birds, breeders and migrants occupy the willows and coastal scrub, and gulls, turns and shorebirds will be on the beach. 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. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: Cloisters-Yes,  Morro Strand-No.

Laguna Lake                                   LEADER: Mark Mushkat

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. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: Yes

San Simeon                                     LEADER: Bob Keally

Join Bob Keally for a moderate 1-2 mile walk to identify the birds of San Simeon State Park. The group will walk through riparian areas by creek, wetlands, shoreline, then into the chaparral and pine forest habitats to discover a variety of land, shore, and ocean birds. We hope to see Snowy Plovers, Pygmy Nuthatches, warblers, terns, and a variety of raptors. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: No.

Sweet Springs                                LEADERS: Revel Team

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. 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. Restroom (port-a-potty) is available at the East entrance.

ADA Accessible: No

For All Trips: 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.

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 1stOn 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

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