MCAS Field Trip - AUG 5 - Shorebird Habitat on Morro Strand

Long-billed Curlew eating sand crab [photo by Mike Beard]  


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Shorebird Habitat on Morro Strand

DATE:                  Saturday, August 5, 2023

TIME:                   9:00AM-11:00AM

LEADER:            Karen Watts

CO-LEADER:     Robbie Revel

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.

DESCRIPTION: Morro Bay is on the Pacific Flyway and is a favorite stop for migrating birds. During the height of migration, there are literally thousands of birds on the beach! They can be seen poking at the sand and piles of rotting seaweed. What are they finding to eat? Sandy beaches may look bare, but they host a rich assortment of living organisms. Sand traps detritus and provides a surface for algae and bacteria to grow. Piles of wrack are made of rotting seaweed, plants, and animals. Both environments provide food for invertebrates that become tasty meals for birds. Join us to explore these environments and find out what is attracting all of our wonderful shorebirds. We will be walking 1 -2 miles along hard pack and soft beach sand. 

Wear a 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 in the Morro Strand Campground. Rain cancels

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.

Registration and RSVP required.

Registration will open on the morning of JUL 21. The LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on the above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via

Questions? Email Robbie Revel