Outdoors, Science and Nature


The Birders Guide to the Central Coast

Join us for two days of educational birding with Central Coast expert, Steve Schubert. Start each morning on campus with a lesson that will prepare you for the day of birding in the field. Sign up for the series and receive $20 off the combined course fee. 

WEATHER POLICY…If a class is canceled due to safety or weather issues, students will be notified by Cuesta Community Program….the class will be rescheduled or full refunds will be given. If the class or program is on the weekend, the instructor will make the decision and call all registered.

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DATES: 2 Sat: Feb 4 & 25, 2017

LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Room 4730


or for any individual class below

Turkey Vultures on Pennington Creek Road


Observing Birds of Prey

 Learn about the biology and visual field marks useful in identification of local hawks, eagles, falcons, ospreys, kites, harriers, accipiters, vultures, and owls. Field trip to Morro Rock - home of nesting peregrine falcons -and then inland to a variety of habitats including grasslands, oak woodlands, streamside woodlands, and freshwater lakes. Sightings of at least a dozen species of raptors are likely. Bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, binoculars, and field guides. Dress in warm layers. Van transportation included.

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DATES: 1 Sat: Feb 4, 2017

  • Lecture: 8:00-9:30am at Cuesta
  • Field Trip: 9:30am-5:00pm off campus

FEE: $68

# OD0901.117


Birding the Morro Bay Estuary

Identify over 70 species of migratory, wintering and year long resident birds. Learn to recognize many birds by sight and sound. At popular birding areas in diverse habitats within the Morro Bay watershed, participants will observe passerine (perching) birds; shorebirds such as sandpipers and plovers, waterbirds including ducks, geese, loons, grebes, gulls, pelicans and cormorants, long-legged waders such as herons and egrets, and birds of prey, including peregrine falcon and osprey. Morro Bay's salt marsh, mudflats, estuary, beach, dunes and associated upland watershed are recognized as vital feeding and resting habitats for thousands of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, from as far away as the arctic tundra in the north to the neotropical rain forests in the south. The annual Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count ranks in the highest 10 counts in North America for the numbers of bird species found. Class is weather permitting. Van transportation provided. Bring a sack lunch, water, binoculars, and birding field guides (optional). Contact instructor Steve Schubert with class-specific questions at s_schub1@msn.com

Register Online - CANCELLED

DATES: 1 Sat: Feb 25, 2017

Lecture: 8:00-9:30am at Cuesta

  • Field Trip: 9:30am-4:00pm off campus

FEE: $60

# OD0902.117

Great Blue Heron