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September 2016

Sep 1, Thu, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Randy Bello @ 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 3, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 3, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 4, Sun, 10:00am - Feet in the Seeps, Geology & Plants - Barb Renshaw & Jeff Reifel @ Los Osos
Walk along the bay on the stabilized dunes while learning about the bay, the dunes, the plants, and the aquifers beneath. Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking in loose sand. Bring water. Meet at west end of Butte Drive (north of Sea Pines Golf Course), Los Osos. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak. 1.5 - 2 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 5, Mon, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 7, Wed, 10:00am - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro, Part 1 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro WA
Tour the redone, historical Spooner Ranch House and Holloway Garden. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 9, Fri, 10:00am - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - Claudia Freitas & Rouvaishyana @ 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 9, Fri, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Randy Bello @ 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 10, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 10, Sat, 10:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 10, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 11, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 14, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 15, Thu, 10:00am - Hike the Sand Spit - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Walk through the dune scrub to the beach on the Sand Spit Trail. Then walk north along the shore. Wear sturdy shoes. Dress in layers, and bring water. Meet at the Sand Spit Parking Lot, Montaña de Oro State Park (turn right on paved road 7/10 mile past the entrance sign). Hike is 3 miles, 2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 17, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: Butterflies Under the Microscope - Cheryl Powers @ Morro Bay WA
Explore the fascinating world of California butterflies, using dissecting and compound microscopes to see the startling wonders of these familiar creatures. Families are welcome, activities for smaller children will be available. Morro Bay Natural History Museum.

Sep 18, Sun, 2:00pm - Discover Hidden Life in the Morro Bay Estuary - Karen Watts @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about some of our planet’s most fascinating, seldom seen life-forms. A video-microscope will be used to look at the life that exists in a single drop of water. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Talk, 1 hour.

Sep 19, Mon, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 21, Wed, 10:00am - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro, Part 1 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro WA
Tour the redone, historical Spooner Ranch House and Holloway Garden. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 22, Thu, 9:30am - Hike Coon Creek Out and Back - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Follow the creek to the end of the trail, crossing 6 bridges on the way. Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet in Montaña de Oro State Park at the end of Pecho Road in the Coon Creek parking lot. Active hike, chance of poison oak. 5 miles, 2.5 - 3 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 25, Sun, 10:00am - Dune Dwellers - Chumash and Dunites - Jerry Stanley @ Pismo Beach
Visit sites of human habitation both pre-history (Chumash) and modern times (Dunites). Walking on the Oceano Dunes is strenuous. There is a creek crossing. Dress for wind/weather, bring water, hat. Binoculars optional. Meet at the Nature Center, Oceano Campground, Pismo State Beach. This is an active hike, a chance of poison oak, 3 miles, 2.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 25, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 26, Mon, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 28, Wed, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 29, Thu, 10:00am - Birding Adventures: Montaña de Oro - Bob Revel @ 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 29, Thu, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Sep 30, Fri, 10:00am - Exploring Shifting Sands - Karen Watts & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay
How do wind and waves reshape the beach? What kinds of plants and animals live here? Dress in layers for wind/weather and wear sturdy beach shoes. Take Highway 1 north to the Yerba Buena exit; turn west to meet at Morro Strand State Beach in North Morro Bay. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 1-2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

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