March 9, 2018

Morro Bay: Morro Bay State Park + Morro Bay Museum of Natural History; things to do


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Morro Bay State Park  On State Park Rd., at S end of town, (805) 772-7434.  Campsites available. 

·Bird Sanctuary  This is the third largest bird sanctuary in the world.  A trail through the marsh and hills allows the possibility of sighting more than 250 bird species. 

·Heron Rookery Natural Preserve  20 State Park Rd., at Fairbank Point.  No one is allowed inside the rookery--one of the last where the Great Blue Heron is found--but herons can usually be viewed from an observation area.  Droppings from these large birds cause a high acidity level that has altered the ecosystem, which is now basically a cluster of dead trees.  Both Great and Snowy Egrets, Cormorants, and Black Crowned Night Herons are also often seen here.
Heron Rookery Natural Preserve in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
Heron Rookery Natural Preserve in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

·Morro Bay Museum of Natural History  At White Point, (805) 772-2694.  Daily 10-5.  $3, under 17 free.  

Situated on a scenic perch over the bay, this small museum has large windows that provide excellent views of the estuary.  A stellar collection of taxidermied local wildlife specimens makes it a must-stop, and a telescope permits up-close viewing of living wildlife outside.  A Chumash garden in the back displays native plants, and a steep path leads up through a small rocky area where you can see mortar holes where the Indians mashed acorns.  In winter, guided walks visit the monarch butterflies that congregate nearby. 
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

view of Morro Rock from interior of Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
view of Morro Rock from interior of Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

taxidermied Northern Harrier Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
taxidermied Northern Harrier Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

taxidermied Long-billed Curlew Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
taxidermied Long-billed Curlew Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

skeleton of Minke Whale at Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
skeleton of Minke Whale at Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California

·Marina Peninsula Loop Trail  60 State Park Rd., at Morro Bay State Park Marina (across form the campground).  No dogs.  

This .7-mile boardwalk trail winds through a variety of estuary habitats, including a sandspit, mud flats, and salt marsh.  It offers good birdwatching.
Marina Peninsula Loop Trail on Estuary in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California
Marina Peninsula Loop Trail on Estuary in Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, California


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images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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