The Central Sierra Audubon Society is planning a weekend birding outing to Morro Bay on Oct. 27 through 29.

Among the destinations the group will visit are El Morro Elfin Forest Natural Area in Los Osos, Morro Bay State Park and Museum of Natural History, and Morro Rock.

“All locations offer the opportunity to view gulls, shorebirds, waterfowl and warblers along with California sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals that populate the harbor,” stated Ken Smith, CSAS field trip coordinator, in a press release.

The group will travel to Morro Bay on Oct. 27, and at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 will visit the El Morro Elfin Forest Natural Area. Small Wilderness Area Preservation docents, including a local birding expert, will guide the group. The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. Chumash middens occur throughout the park. The site has a handicap-access boardwalk loop trail featuring pigmy oaks and an excellent elevated view of the marsh and Morro Bay, Smith said.

The afternoon will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History. Two tours of 10 persons each have been scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Oct. 29, a geology/birding tour of Morro Rock will be led by Bob and Robbi Revel.

“We may see the two pair of peregrine falcons that have been nesting at Morro Rock over the last 15 years,” Smith said.

Other possible destinations for viewing independent include Morro Bay State Park and Marina, Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, Estero Bluffs State Park and Montana de Oro State Park.

For accommodations, Smith said there are numerous hotels and motels in Morro Bay and surrounding communities, and campsites for RV’s and tents are available at Morro Bay State Park and Morro Strand State Beach (call 800-444-7275 or go online to www.parks.ca.gov or www.parks.ca.gov/morrostrand.)

For more information, email Smith at kensingz_2@yahoo.com or call him at (949) 922-1455.

Local outings

A local outing to Indigeny Reserve is set for Sunday.

Kit DeGear will meet participants at 8 a.m. in the Indigeny parking lot off Lyons-Bald Mountain Road. The walk will last two to three hours. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

For additional information, call DeGear at (925) 822-52215 or email him at kdegear@gmail.com.

Jeanne Ridgley will lead the first Wednesday walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 on the Groveland Community Services District property at 18966 Ferretti Road. The walk will last two to three hours. For more information, call Ridgley at (209) 962-7598.

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