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Everyone is welcome, but no dogs, please
All times are approximate. Bad weather cancels outdoor activities

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December 2016

Dec 2, Fri, 11:00am - 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.

Dec 4, 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.

Dec 7, Wed, 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.

Dec 7, Wed, 10:00am - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro, Part 1 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro
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.

Dec 7, Wed, 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.

Dec 8, Thu, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Dec 10, 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.

Dec 11, Sun, 2:00pm - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Dec 13, Tue, 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.

Dec 13, Tue, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Dec 14, Wed, 10:00am - Discover Treasures of Montaña de Oro, Part 1 - Petrea White @ Montaña de Oro
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.

Dec 14, Wed, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Dec 17, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: Bird Bones - Mandy Ward @ Morro Bay WA
The finding of an Archaeopteryx fossil in Germany in the late 19th century sparked the modern idea that birds evolved from a group of therapod dinosaurs. Learn how scientists came to this conclusion and observe the skeletal adaptations (bones that are fused, hollowed, or simply eliminated) that allow birds to fly. Microscopes will be available to look at small bird bones and bones showing air spaces. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Free family activity, 1-2 hours, best for ages 8 and up.

Dec 22, 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.

Dec 22, Thu, 4:00pm - The Night Sky in Winter - Rouvaishyana @ Morro Bay
The Museum Manager will offer a 2-part program on the winter night sky. The first portion at 4:00 PM will be a projected program on winter constellations and the history of telescope development. If the sky is clear, we will set up the Museum’s telescope to look at stars and deep-space objects. If it’s cloudy, we will stop at 5:00 PM. Bring a jacket or warm clothing, and binoculars if you have them. (Talk and observation, not a walk. Easy.)

Dec 26, Mon, 1:30pm - Treasuring Tide Pools - Sally Krenn @ Montaña de Oro
Gaze into a tide pool and view an entire working ecosystem while learning the rules of tide pool etiquette. Also learn about the coastal sage scrub community and geology of the area. Wear closed-toed shoes that one can get wet. Meet at the Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. Chance of poison oak. 2-2.5 hours.

Dec 27, Tue, 2:00pm - Puppets: Bucket Monster - Linda Winters & Kathy Cherrie @ Morro Bay WA
Come to learn who the Bucket Monster is and learn more about the critters that live in the tidepools. A good chance to learn respect and how to treat tide pool animals. Family event, 2 pm, 1 hour.

Dec 28, Wed, 2:00pm - Elephant Seals and Sharks - Diana Barnhart @ Morro Bay WA
There are thousands of 5000-pound elephant seals wrestling, mating, giving birth, dealing with sharks, putting on a great show on beaches near San Simeon all year long. Next month is the most exciting season of their year. Come learn about these amazing creatures and their relationship with sharks. Family activity, 1hr.

Dec 29, Thu, 2:00pm - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Dec 30, Fri, 2:00pm - Snakes, Lizards and Bugs, Oh My! - Quintana Family @ Morro Bay WA
Live specimens and information about them from a family who loves sharing and showing them off. Specimens can be handled and passed around. Family activity, 1-2 hrs.

Dec 30, Fri, 3:30pm - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jan 1, Sun, 11:00am - Geology of the Oceano Dunes - Jim Avila @ Pismo Beach
A short walk in the dunes to talk about sand, wind, and our coastal region and how it all came together to be sand dunes we all enjoy. Wear comfortable shoes, wind breaker and water recommended. Meet in the parking lot of the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center in Oceano at 55 Pier Ave. Parking is free for hike participants. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jan 1, Sun, 3:00pm - First Day Walk--Morro Strand Beach - Docents @ Morro Bay
Take a walk along the beach at low tide to celebrate the New Year and to see what ocean curiosities show up. Meet at the Morro Rock parking lot restrooms, dress for the weather. Strollers and wheelchairs encouraged, but should have big tires for sand. No dogs, please. Family, Easy, 1-2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jan 2, Mon, 2:00pm - Nature, Not Football - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
A walk around the salt marsh and the boardwalk at the Morro Bay State Park Marina. Learn about the plants and animals that are there and see, smell, and taste nature. Meet at the east end of the Marina, away from the Bayside Café. Family event, 1-2 hours.

Jan 3, Tue, 2:00pm - Protecting Estuaries and Watershed - Rachel Pass @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about the watershed that feeds the estuary and how human activities can cause problems. Then take a walk up to the top of White’s Point and see the estuary. Afterwards, do a hands-on activity to study pollutants and their effects on the estuary. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. Family activity, 1-2 hours.

Jan 4, Wed, 2:00pm - Monarch Butterflies - Pismo Docents @ Morro Bay WA
Come hear about the Monarch butterflies and their return to the Pismo Butterfly Grove each year. Demonstrations and butterfly activities will be included. Family event, 1-2 hours.

Jan 5, Thu, 2:00pm - Bees! - Judy Newhauser @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about bees, bee hives, harvesting honey. See an actual, enclosed, demonstration bee hive. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. Family event. 1 hr.

Jan 6, Fri, 2:00pm - Making Animal Tracks - Kris Konko @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about animal tracks, make cards with animal stamps and mold tracks to make a necklace. Compare tracks to actual animal specimens from the Museum. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. Family event, 1 hour.

Jan 7, Sat, 2:00pm - Marine Animals Live - Sally Krenn @ Morro Bay WA
See and touch some of the less common marine animals. Learn about them and how they live. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. Family event. 1-2 hours.

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