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April 2016

 

Apr 23, Sat, 9:00am - Walk Along the Edge - Norma Wightman @ Estero Bluffs
Explore the bluffs and beach along Estero Bay examining relationships of animals seen. Bring binoculars; wear sturdy beach shoes and layered clothing. Meet in dirt parking lot one mile north of the end of divided section of Hwy 1, north of Cayucos. Moderate hike, 2 miles, 2.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Apr 23, 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.

Apr 23, Sat, 10:00am - The Otter Information Station! - David Curtius & Richard Schultz @ Morro Bay WA
View otters in the waters of Morro Bay, visit our information station, and learn about these incredible creatures from museum docents!! Location varies- look for our spotting scopes on Coleman Drive. For specific location, call (805) 806-0221 after 10:00 am the day of the event. Family-friendly, wildlife viewing station, open 10am:noon. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Apr 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Apr 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Apr 24, Sun, 10:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Apr 26, Tue, 10:00am - Birding the Boardwalk - Robbie & Bob 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.

Apr 28, 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.

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May 2016

May 3, Tue, 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.

May 4, Wed, 1:00pm - 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.

May 4, Wed, 2:00pm - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro - Reservoir Flats, Part 2 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro
Pass though a variety of coastal ecosystems and enjoy ocean views and lush creek-side greenery, looking for wildflowers. Dress for wind/weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1.7 miles, 2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 5, Thu, 9:30am - Morro Bay Geology and Plants - Jeff Reifel & Barb Renshaw @ Morro Bay
Walk on the geologic history of Morro Bay State Park as you learn about the rocks, the soils, and the plants that inhabit them. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water. Meet at the Quarry Trailhead parking lot, off South Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay State Park, 2.6 miles from Los Osos Valley Road. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 6, Fri, 10:00am - Birding for Beginners - Part 2 (S.P. Marina) - Karen Watts & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay
In the field, practice using skills introduced in Birding for Beginners - Part 1. Review making quality observations, using binoculars and spotting scopes, and exploring resources available for ongoing skill building. Participation in Part 1 helpful but not required. Park close to east end of Morro Bay State Park Bayside marina parking lot. Family event, easy walk, 1 mile, 2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 6, Fri, 10:00am - Hike Valencia Peak - Rouvaishyana @ Montaña de Oro
The Valencia Peak trail was re-routed in the last few years. It’s slightly longer, with more gentle grades in a few places. Come hike the peak, learn about plant communities, and get geology info from a self-guiding brochure, upon which we’ll expand. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring water and a snack, and wear sunscreen and a hat. 5 miles, about 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Strenuous.

May 7, 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.

May 7, 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.

May 9, Mon, 11:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 11, Wed, 9:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 11, Wed, 9:00am - Walk Along the Edge - Norma Wightman @ Estero Bluffs
Explore the bluffs and beach along Estero Bay examining relationships of animals seen. Bring binoculars; wear sturdy beach shoes and layered clothing. Meet in dirt parking lot one mile north of the end of divided section of Hwy 1, north of Cayucos. Moderate hike, 2 miles, 2.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 12, Thu, 9:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 13, Fri, 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.

May 14, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 14, 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.

May 15, 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.

May 15, Sun, 11:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 18, Wed, 1:00pm - 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.

May 18, Wed, 2:00pm - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro - Reservoir Flats, Part 2 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro
Pass though a variety of coastal ecosystems and enjoy ocean views and lush creek-side greenery, looking for wildflowers. Dress for wind/weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1.7 miles, 2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 21, Sat, 10:00am - The Otter Information Station! - David Curtius & Richard Schultz @ Morro Bay WA
View otters in the waters of Morro Bay, visit our information station, and learn about these incredible creatures from museum docents!! Location varies- look for our spotting scopes on Coleman Drive. For specific location, call (805) 806-0221 after 10:00 am the day of the event. Family-friendly, wildlife viewing station, open 10am:noon. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 21, 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.

May 21, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: May Flowers - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about the flowers blooming in May by watching a slide presentation and then looking at the flowers and their parts under the dissecting microscopes. Training on the use of the microscopes will be included. Family event, best for ages 6 and up. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium, 1-2 hours. Wheelchair accessible.

May 22, 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.

May 24, Tue, 9:30am - Hike Cerro Cabrillo Area - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Morro Bay
Hike around the Cerro Cabrillo area of Morro Bay State Park. Views include the morros, the bay, and the ocean. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water. Meet at the Quarry Trailhead parking lot, off South Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay State Park, 2.6 miles from Los Osos Valley Road. Moderate hike; chance of poison oak. 2.5 miles, 2 hours.

May 26, Thu, 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.

May 26, 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.

May 28, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 28, Sat, 10:00am - The Otter Information Station! - David Curtius & Richard Schultz @ Morro Bay WA
View otters in the waters of Morro Bay, visit our information station, and learn about these incredible creatures from museum docents!! Location varies- look for our spotting scopes on Coleman Drive. For specific location, call (805) 806-0221 after 10:00 am the day of the event. Family-friendly, wildlife viewing station, open 10am:noon. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

May 30, Mon, 11:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

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