Observing Birds of Prey

Written by Estero Bay News

February 9, 2023

Join the Central Coast State Parks Association, CA State Parks, and local field biologist Steve Schubert for the latest Mind Walk, Observing Birds of Prey on Feb. 15 at SLO Public Market at 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the biology, classification, migration, predatory behaviors and prey preferences of locally occurring birds-of-prey, both year-round resident and seasonally overwintering raptors. Study flight and predatory adaptations. Learn to identify and recognize the diagnostic visual field marks useful in identification of species of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Ospreys, Kites, Harriers, Accipiters, Vultures, and Owls. Take a virtual guided field trip to birding locations on the Central Coast, including Morro Rock – home of the famous nesting Peregrine falcons – and associated coastal estuary and marshlands, then inland to grasslands and grazing pastures, shrublands, oak and streamside woodlands, forests, and freshwater lakes where raptors frequent overwintering and nesting habitats.

The event takes place upstairs in the main building at SLO Public Market at 3845 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. The event space is open from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 admission for ages 18 and over. Cash, card, and Venmo accepted. It is free for ages 17 and under and for Friends of CCSPA and one guest. Attendees must bring their Friend of CCSPA card to ensure free attendance. There are 70 seats available indoors, 80 seats available on the attached patio. First come, first served on seating. 

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