MCAS Fall Shorebird Survey

This year we ask that all participants be fully vaccinated. Where social distancing is not possible, we ask that you wear a mask.

The 2021 Annual Morro Bay Fall Shorebird Survey, sponsored by Morro Coast Audubon and Audubon California, is being held on Sunday, November 21st, 7:30 - 9:30 am (bad weather fallback date is Saturday, December 11th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm). These dates and times are chosen to optimize tide conditions for surveying. Please consider volunteering to help with this important annual effort that will help us keep track of the numbers of shorebirds using Morro Bay and will contribute to data on shorebird abundance throughout the Pacific Flyway. Shorebirds are an important bioindicator of the health of the bay and the Pacific Flyway.

Under the coordination of Point Blue Conservation Science, shorebird surveys were conducted in Morro Bay between April 1988 and August 1994. Using the same protocol, Audubon and Morro Bay National Estuary Program have continued the effort with surveys since 2003. Observers will be counting birds from land with spotting scopes, from kayaks or canoes on the water, from the Sandspit and Morro Strand, and from Morro Rock to the Rocky Point (Northpoint). Collecting these data will provide a view of the variability of shorebird numbers seasonally and annually, with the overall goal of tracking long-term trends. Data are entered into the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey database.

About 25 volunteers are needed, and first-time volunteers or beginner birders are welcome to this event (we will pair you with an expert!).

If you are interested in participating, please email MCAS.

Go to Point Blue Conservation Science for additional information.