About MCAS

Sweet Springs Pond and View to Morro Rock [photo by Dave Tyra]


To promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, particularly in San Luis Obispo County, California.
The Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) is part of both a state and national non-profit network: California Audubon and the National Audubon Society (NAS), which was founded in 1905. As of 2019, NAS encompasses over 500,000 members, 22 state offices, and 467 local chapters, plus centers and sanctuaries, professional staff, and supporters. This network is united, as a conservation organization, in its efforts to promote protection for birds, endangered species, critical habitats, important ecosystems, and the scientific management and protection of wildlife.

MCAS is composed of volunteers devoting time, energy, and resources toward enjoying and protecting the environment through Conservation, Research, Education, Expansion, and Diversity: our CREED.

MCAS is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization (TIN=23-7165021) and all donations are tax deductible.

MCAS Strategic Goals: Our "CREED"

C -- Conservation
  1. Manage and better utilize MCAS properties for educational and research purposes.
  2. Identify current conservation issues.
  3. Set an example of ways to preserve and protect natural resources.
R -- Research
  1. Continue to monitor and record breeding bird species found within Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.
  2. Continue to support the Hi Mountain Lookout Project, which uses the lookout for biological field research, radio-tracking of California Condor movements, and as an educational visitor center.
  3. Work collaboratively with other organizations to support current and future research projects.
E -- Education
  1. Utilize MCAS office space as an educational outreach center to familiarize the community members and visitors with our organization.
  2. Expand and diversify MCAS field trips.
  3. Provide opportunities for youth and families to learn more about birds, their habitats, and the local environment.
  4. Provide well-attended community programs.
E -- Expansion
  1. Plan, initiate, and implement fundraising and fund handling strategies.
  2. Increase MCAS membership.
  3. Encourage and convince MCAS members to take an active role in the organization.
D -- Diversity
  1. Participate in more local community events which attract a diverse audience.
  2. Pursue local business involvement and support.
  3. Work collaboratively with other local groups to promote conservation issues and awareness.

MCAS Strategic Plan and Bylaws (PDFs)

MCAS Policies (PDFs)

MCAS Tax Returns (PDFs)