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january 2016

Jan 21, Thu, 2:30pm - Explore the Tide Pools at Corallina Cove - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some local history while walking the bluffs looking for sea birds, whales, seals and otters. Explore the tide pools of Corallina Cove at low tide. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for wind/weather, and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2 hours.

Jan 22, Fri, 3:00pm - Intertidal Life at Hazard Reef - Faylla Chapman @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some geology while walking through coastal scrub and sand dunes to see seaweeds and marine animals. Dress in layers and wear non-skid shoes that can get wet. Meet in Hazard Canyon parking lot, on West side of road, 1.6 miles south of Montaña de Oro park entrance. Look for announcement board. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 3 hours.

Jan 23, Sat, 9:00am - Chumash Ocean Walk - Kalleen Corley @ Pismo Beach
Discover the ways in which the Chumash were influenced by and adapted to geography and climate; obtaining food, clothing, shelter and tools. Dress for wind/weather; prepare for soft sand walking and in shoes. Meet at the entrance kiosk to Pismo State Beach Campground. There is no parking inside the campground; instead park along Dolliver Drive (Highway 1) near the entrance. Moderate walk in sand, ¼ mile, 45 min.

Jan 23, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Jan 23, Sat, 2:00pm - Black Hill Trail - Roger Randall @ Morro Bay
Walk the most accessible of the volcanic sisters while discussing their history and enjoying a panoramic view of the surrounding geography. Dress for wind/weather. Take Golf Course Drive past the clubhouse and bear left at fork in road. Meet at the overlook parking lot above the Morro Bay Golf Course. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Jan 24, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

Jan 24, Sun, 3:00pm - Windy Cove Mud and Tide Pools - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk to Windy Cove below the Museum learning about the plants, the mud and the organisms that inhabit the mud and the rocks around the cove. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy; no bare feet. Meet at the "Nature Walk" sign in front of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Easy family walk, 1-2 hour.

Jan 25, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Outreach, Research and Rattlesnakes at Montaña de Oro - Julius Frazier @ Morro Bay WA
WARecent research on rattlesnakes at Montaña de Oro will be discussed along with some current research topics and the ongoing efforts in the area. Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

Jan 30, Sat, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Jan 30, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Norma Wightman @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Jan 31, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

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february 2016

 

Feb 1, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Dealing with Water in a Time of Drought - John Diodati @ Morro Bay WA
A discussion about the SLO County water portfolio and issues identified with the drought. Also, what County Public Works will be doing in the future to mitigate impacts from future droughts and possible opportunities presented by El Niño. . Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

Feb 2, Tue, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro WA
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Feb 2, Tue, 1:00pm - Salt Marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay WA
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Feb 4, Thu, 5:00pm - S.L.O.P.E Commemorative Art Reception - S.L.O.P.E. Exhibitors @ Morro Bay WA
S.L.O.P.E. is hosting a reception, show and sale commemorating Montana de Oro's 50th Anniversary as a State Park. There will be 30+ paintings and limited fine art prints displayed and a chance to meet the artists at the reception. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium, 5-7:30 pm. No reservations required. Wheelchair accessible.

Feb 5, Fri, 10:00am - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - Robbie & Bob Revel @ Morro Bay
Observe cormorants, pelicans, and various species and age classes of gulls. Watch for resident Peregrine falcons over the Rock and sea birds in the channel. Dress for wind/weather; bring binoculars and a field guide. Meet near the chain link fencing at the base of Morro Rock, in the northwest corner of the large parking lot.

Feb 6, Sat, 10:00am - Western Monarch Day Activities - Docents & Staff @ Pismo Beach WA
Join the Docents and Staff at the Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove to celebrate the day of the Monarchs, starting at 10 am and ongoing till 4 pm. There will be a parade, talks, activities, all geared for celebrating the Monarch Butterfly. A Family event.

Feb 7, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

Feb 7, Sun, 3:00pm - Windy Cove Mud and Tide Pools - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk to Windy Cove below the Museum learning about the plants, the mud and the organisms that inhabit the mud and the rocks around the cove. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy; no bare feet. Meet at the "Nature Walk" sign in front of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Easy family walk, 1-2 hour.

Feb 8, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Living in the Plate Boundary and Formation of California’s Landscapes - Tanya Atwater @ Morro Bay WA
Combining maps and landscape images with geological animations, this presentation will describe plate interactions that have sculpted our coast. and the special role that our local geology has played. . Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

Feb 8, Mon, 2:30pm - Explore the Tide Pools at Corallina Cove - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some local history while walking the bluffs looking for sea birds, whales, seals and otters. Explore the tide pools of Corallina Cove at low tide. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for wind/weather, and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2 hours.

Feb 9, Tue, 3:00pm - Intertidal Life at Hazard Reef - Faylla Chapman @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some geology while walking through coastal scrub and sand dunes to see seaweeds and marine animals. Dress in layers and wear non-skid shoes that can get wet. Meet in Hazard Canyon parking lot, on West side of road, 1.6 miles south of Montaña de Oro park entrance. Look for announcement board. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 3 hours.

Feb 13, Sat, 9:00am - Pismo Beavers: Adorable Wildlife or Destructive Pests? - Dan Green @ Pismo Beach WA
Discover the beaver’s physical adaptations, their role in our country’s westward expansion, why they were hunted, and their local history. Search for evidence of their activities during a short walk. Dress for wind/weather with comfortable shoes. Bring insect repellent and water: binoculars a plus. Meet at Monarch Butterfly Grove, 1/2 mile north of Grand Avenue on Hwy 1, Pismo Beach. Moderate walk, 1/4 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours.

Feb 13, Sat, 9:00am - Quarry Trail to Morro Vistas - Norma Wightman @ Morro Bay
Walk to the foot of Cerro Cabrillo to view the quarry site and learn about how the 'morros' formed. View the web of estuary waters and learn about human and natural forces that shaped the estuary. Bring water, binoculars, dress for wind/weather and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Quarry Trail parking lot off South Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay State Park, 2.6 miles from Los Osos Valley Rd. Moderate hike, chance of poison oak, 3 miles, 2.5 hours.

Feb 13, Sat, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Feb 13, Sat, 2:00pm - Black Hill Trail - Roger Randall @ Morro Bay
Walk the most accessible of the volcanic sisters while discussing their history and enjoying a panoramic view of the surrounding geography. Dress for wind/weather. Take Golf Course Drive past the clubhouse and bear left at fork in road. Meet at the overlook parking lot above the Morro Bay Golf Course. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Feb 14, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

Feb 14, Sun, 2:00pm - Plant of the Month - Fushia-Flowered Gooseberry - Barb Renshaw @ Los Osos
Enjoy a short walk to see the first flowers of the New Year. Learn about their habits. Meet at the north end of 15th St. in Los Osos (cross street Santa Ysabel). Easy hike, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Feb 15, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. - Pete Raimondi @ Morro Bay WA
An illustrated talk about the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome that occurred along the entire west coast in 2013-2014 and the current status of recovery of the Ochre star, Pisaster ochraceus. Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

Feb 16, Tue, 10:00am - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - Bob Revel @ Morro Bay
Observe cormorants, pelicans, and various species and age classes of gulls. Watch for resident Peregrine falcons over the Rock and sea birds in the channel. Dress for wind/weather; bring binoculars and a field guide. Meet near the chain link fencing at the base of Morro Rock, in the northwest corner of the large parking lot.

Feb 17, Wed, 10:30am - Birding for Beginners - Part 1 - Karen Watts & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about the skills needed to master birding as a hobby. Practice making observations, learn to use binoculars and spotting scopes, and learn about resources available for ongoing skill building. Binoculars helpful but not necessary. An outdoor walk will follow a discussion in the Museum’s Learning Center. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Family event, walk less than 1 mile, 2 hours.

Feb 18, Thu, 9:30am - Coon Creek Hike - Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Hike the Coon Creek trail and watch for migrating whales offshore. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, bring water and binoculars. Meet at the Coon Creek parking lot at the end of Pecho Road in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1.5 hours.

Feb 19, Fri, 10:00am - Birding the Boardwalk - Claudia Freitas & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay WA
Enjoy a stroll while identifying shorebirds and more. Beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guide. Dress for wind/weather. Park close to east end of Morro Bay State Park Bayside marina parking lot. Easy walk, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Feb 19, Fri, 2:00pm - Intertidal Life at Hazard Reef - Faylla Chapman @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some geology while walking through coastal scrub and sand dunes to see seaweeds and marine animals. Dress in layers and wear non-skid shoes that can get wet. Meet in Hazard Canyon parking lot, on West side of road, 1.6 miles south of Montaña de Oro park entrance. Look for announcement board. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 3 hours.

Feb 20, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Feb 20, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: Off the Docks - Karen Watts @ Morro Bay WA
Have you ever wondered what all that stuff is that’s growing on docks and boat bottoms? Join us as we use dissecting microscopes to take a closer look. Meet in the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. Family event, 1-2 hours.

Feb 21, Sun, 10:00am - Grand Dune Trail - Jerry Stanley @ Pismo Beach
Take a leisurely walk through the Pismo Dunes while learning about the dunes and habitats close to the ocean. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at entrance kiosk at the ocean end of Grand Avenue, Grover Beach. Free parking is available. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2 hours.

Feb 21, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

Feb 21, Sun, 2:00pm - S.L.O.P.E. panel discussion: Panel at the Park - Angela Tahti @ Morro Bay WA
Crossroads of Central Coast's Art, Nature and Commerce. Moderated by ARTS Obispo's Executive Director, Angela Tahti. Please RSVP: 805-544-9241. Held at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium, 2PM. Wheelchair accessible

Feb 21, Sun, 3:00pm - Windy Cove Mud and Tide Pools - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk to Windy Cove below the Museum learning about the plants, the mud and the organisms that inhabit the mud and the rocks around the cove. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy; no bare feet. Meet at the "Nature Walk" sign in front of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Easy family walk, 1-2 hour.

Feb 22, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Outcroppings: Central Coast Historical Treasures Hiding in Plain Sight - Dick Miller @ Morro Bay WA
An illustrated talk about scattered rock outcroppings along the Central Coast and their history. Audience participation on their favorite outcroppings will be encouraged. . Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

Feb 24, Wed, 1:00pm - Salt Marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay WA
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Feb 25, Thu, 10:00am - Birding Adventures: Montaña de Oro - Claudia Freitas & Karen Watts @ Montaña de Oro
Explore the many habitats of the Central Coast, from grasslands to the rocky shoreline, looking for a variety of bird species. Bring binoculars, water, hat and sunscreen. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Bluff Trail head, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Slow walk, chance of poison oak, 1.7 mi, 2 hrs.

Feb 27, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Feb 28, Sun, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Feb 28, Sun, 10:00am - Monarch Butterflies are Back! - Docents @ Pismo Beach WA
Monarch Butterflies are Back! See our magical winter visitors and learn about them. Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1 just north of Grand Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Pismo Beach . Docents are on hand daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Talks are given at 11 and 2. Grove open Nov 1-Feb 28th.

Feb 29, Mon, 10:15am - Mind Walk: Potions and Poisons: The Plant Perspective - Barb Renshaw & Mandy Ward @ Morro Bay WA
A discussion of some of the amazing plant chemicals that result in poisons, create scents, colors and nectars to insure pollination and distribution of seed. . Morro Bay Veteran’s Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay. CCSPA members free, all others $3. Handicap accessible.

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