SLO County Bird Finding Guides


Welcome to the SLO County Bird Finding Guides by Al Schmierer, with help from Tom Edell, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, Paul Andreano, Bart Beckman, Kasia Crowley, and Joanne Aasen. The guides are divided into 5 sectors within SLO county, with multiple birding areas within each sector.


A. North Coast Guide

  • South to North: from SR 1 at Old Creek Road to Ragged Point Inn

B. Morro Bay / San Luis Obispo Area Guide

  • North to South: from Morro Bay to Los Osos, Montana de Oro State Park, and San Luis Obispo, including Cal Poly

C. South Coast Guide

  • North to South: from Avila Beach to Oso Flaco Lake, including Lopez Lake area to east

D. North County Guide

  • Interior portions of the county: north of Cuesta Grade and east of coastal hills

E. Carrizo Plain / East County Guide

  • Far eastern portion of the county: including all of the Carrizo Plain National Monument