MCAS Field Trip - JUN 1 & 3 - In Search of Rock Wrens, South Hills Open Space

A View from South Hills Open Space [photo courtesy Visit San Luis Obispo]


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       In Search of Rock Wrens, South Hills Open Space

DATE:                  Thursday, June 1, 2023 & Saturday, June 3, 2023

TIME:                   11:00am to 2:00pm

LEADER:            Grace Hayes

CO-LEADER:     Freddy Howell

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. Only registered people may attend. If you are able to come during the week, please sign up for the Thursday trip, leaving the weekend available for the folks that work during the week.


Rock outcrops on the South Hills create extensive habitat for rock wrens. Despite a large population density at this location, rock wrens often stay hidden. We will be going at the warmest time of the day when the wrens are more active and with some luck might be inspired to conspicuously proclaim their territory. Bring a picnic lunch to increase time in the field for a better opportunity to see our target species. The number of bird species on the trip list will be low, but there is also a chance for raptors and meadowlarks. We will also enjoy panoramic city views of San Luis Obispo, interesting geology, and serpentine specialist wildflowers. Moderate hike up and down hills with some uneven footing, but the pace will be slow 2 miles.

Suggestions for participants: Bring a lunch, hat, water, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended. Sunscreen is advisable. We will be sitting on rocks when we stop for lunch so bring a towel or picnic blanket if that will increase your comfort.

No restroom at trailhead or on the trail; before or after field trip, there is a public restroom a short drive away at Meadow Park. Rain cancels.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required!

Registration will open on the morning of MAY 17thOn 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