MCAS Bird Finding Guides


Welcome to the MCAS Bird Finding Guides for SLO County. The guides, divided into five sections within the county, provide local information for multiple birding locations within each section.
These guides were initiated in 2007 by Al Schmierer who first focused on The Carrizo Plain and then expanded the guides to the rest of the county with help from Tom Edell, Maggie Smith and Mike Stiles, and with website assistance from Paul Andreano and Joanne Aasen. The guides were added to the current MCAS website in 2013.

In 2020, Cuesta College instructor Feride Schroeder and intern Kasia Crowley, in consultation with Joanne Aasen and Bart Beckman of MCAS, created Interactive GIS Maps linking the local information contained in the guides to corresponding eBird Hotspots. Others who have assisted in this newest transition are: Tom Edell, Jay Carroll, and Tom Slater. Map photos contributed by Tanner  Chapman and Bart Beckman.

Funding for the Cuesta internship was provided by National Science Foundation ATE Grant #1800779 GIS Technology: Mapping, Data Management and Work-Based Learning Across Industry Sectors. eBird is "...the world's largest biodiversity-related citizen science project... ." 

How To Use Interactive GIS Maps

A. North Coast
  • From SR 1 at Old Creek Road to Ragged Point Inn
B. Morro Bay / SLO Area
  • From Morro Bay to Los Osos, Montana de Oro State Park, and greater San Luis Obispo Area
C. South Coast
  • From Avila Beach to Oso Flaco Lake, including Lopez Lake area to east
D. North County
  • Interior portions of the county, north of Cuesta Grade and east of coastal hills
E. Carrizo Plain / East County
  • Far eastern portion of the county, including all of the Carrizo Plain National Monument