Over 450 species of birds have been observed in the varied habitats of San Luis Obispo County. Join us for a fun adventure in a unique corner of the state. We will begin in Morro Bay State Park to explore salt marsh, eelgrass beds, and open water in search of loons, ducks, shorebirds, gulls, terns, brown and white pelicans. The adjacent trees, chaparral, hillsides and grasslands are also habitat for a huge variety of land birds. Witnessing the historic nesting Peregrine Falcons dive along the volcanic cliffs of Morro Rock is a tradition for all California birders. At Montaña de Oro State Park, we will watch oystercatchers and seabirds feed alongside seals and sea otters. A walk up Coon Creek will have us exploring wildflowers, riparian and chaparral communities. The pygmy forest is another special habitat for California Thrasher, gnatcatcher and other land birds. On, Sunday, we will drive inland and bird in the grasslands, alkali wetlands and juniper woodlands of the Carrizo Plain. This national monument holds many raptors including Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon and Burrowing Owl. The unique habitats here are critical for many threatened species and large mammals such as Pronghorn and Tule Elk.
There is an optional campout near a dramatic rock formation under brilliant starry skies Sunday night with David Wimpfheimer.