Morro Bay National Estuary Program's Volunteer Monitoring Project

... is looking for volunteers with shorebird identification experience, to help with a census on Saturday, September 6th 2003 from 7 a.m. till approximately 10 a.m.  We will be identifying and counting each species.

Under the coordination of Point Reyes Observatory, shorebird surveys were conducted in Morro Bay between April 1988 and August 1994.  Using the same protocol provided by Marlin Harms, the VMP is organizing Spring and Fall Surveys to continue collecting data looking at the variability of shorebird numbers within and between years, with the goal of tracking long-term trends.  Shorebirds are obviously an important bioindicator of the health of the bay and the Pacific Flyway. Observers will also be counting herons, egrets, pelicans and raptors.

We will have observers viewing from land with spotting scopes, from kayaks or canoes on the water, and walking the Sandspit and Morro Strand from Morro Rock to the Rocky Point just north of Yerba Buena Street.  If you are interested in participating please e-mail or call me and also let me know if you have a spotting scope or boat.  We will have a few boats available to borrow.   Please respond  A.S.A.P. and include your mailing address so that I can send you an information packet.


Kara Hagedorn

[note: 2004, Kara is no longer associated with NEP]
Morro Bay Volunteer Monitoring Program
601 Embarcadero
Suite 11
Morro Bay, CA 93442
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[new 2004
karahagedorn@[remove]   or  karajean@[remove] ]