Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.
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April Showers Bring May Flowers

The rain has passed and now we are in an ever-blooming spring. When thinking of spring, most folks think of flowers. And boy, oh boy, do we have loads of wildflowers in SLO County! Even though we  can’t go out and enjoy them as much as we did last spring, we can at least admire some photos from our archives.  Some of the flowers popping up this time of year are native,  while others are nonnative, or even invasive. Get ready folks, put on your flower focus face you are about to feel wildly educated!   First, let’s start with the basics, what is a native plant versus a nonnative or invasive one?  A native plant is one that originates from the area where it is currently growing. For example, if we take our native California poppy and plant it in Florida, …

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Hike from Home: Tour the Portola Point Trail with Us

This too shall pass, but until then, here is a reminder of the beauty that Morro Bay has to offer. History of Portolá Point trail Portolá Point offers one of the best viewpoints in Morro Bay, allowing you to see a scenic panorama that includes the Morro Bay estuary, the sandspit, and distant Morro Rock. The name of the trail comes from Gaspar de Portolá, who was in charge of the Portolá expedition from 1769-1770. This was an expedition of land and sea. The goal was to travel from San Diego to Monterey Bay, but they somehow passed it and …

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Best spring hikes around the Morro Bay estuary

  This year, the hills and valleys that surround the Morro Bay estuary are alive with green grasses and golden poppies just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. If you take a closer look, you’ll also see the deep pinks and purples of hummingbird sage, the dawn-sky blue and light purple hues of wild hyacinth, and the bright colors of many more wildflowers. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite springtime hikes in the Morro Bay watershed. Family-friendly hikes We’re lucky to have quite a few hikes for the whole family around Morro Bay. Here are a few that will …

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