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Educational - Morro Bay

NEWMorro Bay Book Discussion Group - a program of the Morro Bay Library
The Morro Bay Book Discussion Group is a free program made up of a community of readers and students of life interested in learning and exploring, who come together to discuss books. If you like the idea of discussing books you have just read or just want to learn more about a book before you read it, this is the place to be.

Local essential natural resource books:

Point Piedras Blancas, an Images of America book by Arcadia Publishing, co-authored by Carole Adams and John Boqacki.

Steve Schubert Falcon Book
The Peregrine Falcons of Morro Rock: - A 40-Year History - 1967-2007
by Steve Schubert

CA State Park's Associate Ecologist Michael Walgren (mwalg at parks.ca.gov) is making available a series of titles related to his inventory and analysis of local natural resources.  You can find his invaluable titles at LuLu.com (free downloads, and printed copies at cost) at  http://www.lulu.com/michaelwalgren 

Co-authored by our Associate State Park Resource Ecologist  Michael Walgren, and his associates Lisa Andreano and Jeremy Beaulieu"Native Flora of Estero Bay" NEW Print Version is now available!
A new plant guide is now available for the San Luis Obispo Coast District.  "Native Flora of Estero Bay"
covers the state park properties in the Coastal Sector, spanning from Montaña de Oro State Park to the town of Harmony, and including the communities of Morro Bay, Los Osos, and Cayucos.  This guide contains over 240 species descriptions. The 181 page color guide is available as a free download or may be purchased from the printer, lulu.com, as a book for $31.68 (this is the printing cost; no royalties are received by the authors).  CA State Parks (more) State Park Ecologists and Cal Poly alumni/students Michael Walgren, Lisa Andreano, and Jeremy Beaulieu created this guide using, in part, a grant from the Morro Bay National Estuary Program.  To avoid the large file size at lulu.com (107 MB), you can download a 12 MB version from either of these sites, but the image quality will be reduced:  mbnep.org/publications  or slostateparks.com/nature/native_plants -- Michael Walgren, Ecologist-San Luis Obispo Coast District California State Parks San Simeon Sector 750 Hearst Castle Road San Simeon, CA 93452, (805) 235-3530, mwalg at parks.ca.gov

"Butterflies of Estero Bay,"  co-authored by our Associate State Park Resource Ecologist  Michael Walgren, and his associates Rose Graef, Lisa Andreano, and Jeremy Beaulieu"Butterflies of Estero Bay" 
Co-authored by CA State Park's
Associate Ecologist Michael Walgren, and his associates Rose Graef, Lisa Andreano, and Jeremy Beaulieu, is available  through http://lulu.com as a free download at  http://www.lulu.com/content/273492 .  A printed version can also be purchased there at the production cost of just $7.53 + shipping (as a public service, there is no royalty paid to the authors, or profit taken by LuLu).  This brief 20 page guide identifies the 34 species of butterflies likely to be encountered along the coast of Estero Bay.  Each species is presented with color photographs of the upper body and under body and includes text covering where the species will be found, host plants, and interesting notes.  This guide was published as a joint effort of California State Parks and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. http://www.lulu.com/content/273492 -- Download: 1 documents (PDF), 10884 KB, Printed: 20 pages, 6.00" x 9.00", saddle-stitch binding, full-color interior ink, ISBN: 978-1-4116-9780-5, Publisher: Michael Walgren, Copyright: © 2006 m. walgren, r. graef, l. andreano. j. beaulieu
Michael Walgren et al. have additional Flora and Fauna Guides for the Morro Bay Area -- Created by Morro Bay State Park staff with the help of a MBNEP mini-grant, each guide includes both photos and a written description of species found in and around the Morro Bay Estuary.  These publications which are available now online may also migrate into higher-resolution download and print versions at http://www.lulu.com/michaelwalgren.
See slostateparks.com/nature and/or mbnep.org/publications
Wildlife -- Discover the wildlife of the State Parks of the San Luis Obispo Coast Mammals (less than 1 MB)
Amphibians and Reptiles (2.7 MB)
Fish (less than 1 MB)
Monarch Butterflies -- The Monarch Grove at Pismo State Beach is publicly owned assuring its protection into the foreseeable future Butterflies (2.8 MB)
Birds -- Discover the birds of the State Parks of the San Luis Obispo Coast Birds (1 MB)
Native Plants -- Native plants in California are those that grew here prior to European contact Flora (11.5 MB)
New local nature-related book available "Common Lichens of the Estero Bay Area" - free download or purchase at-cost.  Lisa Andreano, Environmental Scientist for the CA State Parks Coastal Sector, has just  completed this 68 page color guide.  This guide is part of a series of guides funded by the NEP, and includes color photographs and descriptions.  An expanded species list is included.   The project represents a portion of Lisa's Master's dissertation and is the result of a personal grant from the Morro Bay National Estuary Program.  Lisa and the NEP have made a PDF version of this guide available to the public for free at lulu.com, or you may purchase a copy (at printing coast; no royalties to author) at lulu.com for $14.73 plus a $1.91 USPS Media Mail fee = $16.64 total delivered to you mailbox.  http://www.lulu.com/content/578604
Other local educational resources:
San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and TechniquesThe 38 page 9"x7" color book "San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and Techniques: Interviews with local nature photographers about how they take such great photos" Edited by Michael L. Baird with contributing photographers Joyce Cory, Joe Dickerson, Carol DiNolfo, Rich Hansen, Marlin Harms, Garry Johnson, Teddy Llovet, Cleve Nash, Gary Robertshaw, Dennis Sheridan, and Greg Smith, is available at lulu.com/mikebaird. You can download a free PDF version (17 MB) or order a printed copy at the production and shipping cost of $10.23 + $1.91 = $12.14. As a community service by the books' contributors there is no royalty or profit being made on the sales of this book from lulu.com. Be sure to select "US Postal Regular Media Mail" to get the lowest $1.91 shipping cost.
Jan. 2008 Marlin Harms, local photographer, has a beautiful 68 page 10"x8" Blurb book "The Magic of Birds, Light & Water" Published: December 2, 2007. Get it at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/129668  ($21.95 softcover; $34.95 hardcover). You can read Marlin Harms' biography at http://morro-bay.com/digitalchocolate/howto//  in our recent joint publication "San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and Techniques: Interviews with local nature photographers about how they take such great photos" - available at http://www.lulu.com/content/440520  (38 pages, 9" x 7", $10.23 hardcopy, or free pdf download).
Ken Bondy and Gary Powell launch Morro Bay Underwater Morro Bay Underwater - belowmorrobay.com - a must-visit photo web site of life under the Morro Bay T-pier and more.
A reminder link to these books can always be found on the "educational tab" of morro-bay.com at http://morro-bay.com/edcuational/