Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count

Over 1000 Christmas Bird Counts are held annually across North America as part of a continent-wide, citizen-science effort to ascertain the annual distribution and fluctuation in numbers of North American birds. The NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY publishes the results that assess the distribution and population of wintering birds.

The 2018 Morro Coast Audubon Society's 65th Annual Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 15th, dawn to dusk, rain or shine! It will be followed as usual with our compilation potluck party that night at 6 PM at SLO Botanical Garden's Oak Glen Pavilion. The count is conducted within a circle, 15 miles in diameter, that is centered at the intersection of Turri Road and Los Osos Valley Road (MORRO BAY CBC SECTOR MAP). The circle is divided into 54 Sectors.

Many counters are needed to achieve a good count and maintain MCAS's high and nationally-accredited ranking. Our success in the National Ranking has been the result of having lots of people in the field sighting and counting birds within the circle. Only species and numbers of birds seen within this circle and its sectors may be counted.

As in the past few years, there is no fee to participate in the CBC. However, you must register in order to participate and all skill levels are welcome. You are asked to register by December 1st so that the sectors can be organized in order to provide thorough coverage of the entire circle. After you register your Area Leader, who coordinates multiple sectors, will contact you in early December.

Audubon members everywhere . . . THANK YOU!

Please realize that you are part of an important team. We seek specific data on the diversity and population of the birds in our Count Circle. Your efforts are being directed by a group that is responsible for the consistency and quality of the data produced. If there is a sector that you would like to explore but you were not assigned to it for this year's CBC, please plan on birding there after the CBC is completed. We rely on your utmost attention to all you hear and see during the survey in the sector to which you have been assigned.

NOTE: The Carrizo Plain CBC is a separate event that is coordinated independently by Roger Zachary. The 2018 Carrizo Plain CBC date is Saturday, December 29th. Go to Carrizo Plain CBC for more information.

Step 1.   SELECT SECTOR(s)

First, open the MORRO BAY CBC SECTOR MAP. You can click on any sector in the count circle to view a description and a detailed map of that sector. If you prefer, you may download a document that contains a reference map and a description of each sector by clicking on one of the following formats: PDFDOCX. When you register you will be asked to enter up to three sectors in which you would like to count birds. We will do our best to assign you to one of your choices.

Step 2.   REGISTER -- Online or by U.S. Mail

2018 Registration is CLOSED.


Once you have registered, GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD checklists, maps, GPS info, and other files that you may need on count day.

Again, thank you and... Good Luck!

2018 Count Compiler:
Jay Carroll
(805) 235-4573

2018 Count Registrars:
Bert and Elaine Townsend
(805) 543-1373

2016 RESULTS - Morro Bay CBC Results - Flyway Article (PDF)
2017 RESULTS - Morro Bay CBC Results - Flyway Article (PDF)
2018 RESULTS - Morro Bay CBC Results - Flyway Article (PDF)