MCAS Field Trip - NOV 24 - Native Plants and Birds of Oceano

Great Blue Heron [photo by Peggy Burhenn]


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:             Native Plants and Birds of Oceano

DATE:                        Friday, November 24, 2023

TIME:                         8:30-10:30am

LEADER:                  Peggy Burhenn, 

 Master Gardener, CA State Park Docent Oceano Dunes District

CO-LEADER:           Grace Hayes

Trip is limited to 12 participants - Signups will be taken for 24 hours. Participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. Only registered people may attend.

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. 

ADA Accessible: Yes

Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

Registration and RSVP to confirmation Required! 

Registration will open on the morning of NOV 9th. 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