The Wild Bay Fundraiser

special Fundrasier event

The Wild Bay

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About the Fundraiser

A local photographer, Marcie Begleiter, came to the Estuary Program and Pacific Wildlife Care with the idea of donating her photographs of Morro Bay and local wildlife to benefit the two organizations. 

In appreciation for your donation, you will receive a fine art photograph by the artist, which will equally benefit the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and Pacific Wildlife Care with their programmatic efforts and taking care of this Wild Bay.

At the Estuary Program, these funds can help to perform water quality tests, habitat restoration projects, and eelgrass monitoring. At Pacific Wildlife Care, these funds help to rehabilitate injured or lost animals and birds in the watershed to be re-released back into the environment. Read more about the nonprofit organizations below!

Special Events Taking Place

Join the Morro Bay National Estuary Program in a guided walk and talk on Friday, September 16 at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Peninsula Trailhead, 6-7 PM. Click the button above to register for this free event!

The photographer for this fundraiser will be hosting a walk and talk (bring your camera!) around the estuary, meeting at the Morro Bay State Park Marina Peninsula Trailhead, 8-9:30 AM on Sunday, September 18. Click the button above to register for this free event (limited to only 8 people)!

"I moved to the Central Coast of California five years ago and became immersed in the life of the Estuary, trading Los Angeles culture for Central Coast nature. My photographic practice, which began after moving here, is a meditation on the seasons of our home: the changing light, the lifting fog, the wildlife winging through in winter, or living in the watershed year-round. The two organizations that will benefit from this project are on the front line in protecting this fragile system. Please join me in supporting their passionate and science-driven activities!"
Marcie Begleiter

The Photographs

See something that speaks to you?
Scroll through the photos below that you can choose from. Please note the letter on the photo and add to the donation form below!

About the Nonprofits & Photographer

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Established in 1995, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together citizens, organizations, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary for people and wildlife. The Estuary Program conducts monitoring and research, conserves and restores natural habitats, and engages with the community to help foster good stewards of Morro Bay.

Monitoring staff and WSP Corpsmembers monitoring eelgrass on the sandspit in Morro Bay.

Pacific Wildlife Care

For 38 years, Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Morro Bay, has been supporting San Luis Obispo County wildlife through rehabilitation and educational outreach. PWC is San Luis Obispo County’s only licensed rehabilitation center that cares for injured, orphaned, sick, and pollution-damaged birds, land/air mammals, and reptiles/amphibians. As wildlife educators and by sharing our experiences, PWC inspires the community to reduce harm to our wild neighbors.

For more information, contact: Christine Johnson, Executive Director., (805) 305-3759

About the Photographer: Marcie Begleiter

Marcie Begleiter is a California-based artist working in photography, drawing, painting, ceramics and film. Her artwork has been exhibited at UCSB, the Miossi Galley at Cuesta College, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and will be featured in an upcoming solo show at the Cambria Center for the Arts in November, 2022.  Her film work includes directing the feature documentary “Eva Hesse” which premiered at the Whitney Museum. Teaching practice highlights: Founding Director of the Creative Action/Integrated Learning program at Otis College of Art,  Associate Professor at Art Center College of Design and Instructor at the American Film Institute. She has lived in Los Osos since 2017.


About the Donation Rewards

Please see the gallery of photographs above and choose which photo (by letter on the photograph) you would like to receive. Please note: the greetings cards are pre-selected for you!

We strongly encourage you to chose to pick up your photograph in person at the Morro Bay National Estuary Program office (dates to be communicated after the fundraiser ends). If you cannot pick up your photograph in person, please note this in the comment section at the end of the donation form below. We will contact you to arrange payment for shipping and handling fees associated with shipping.

Please note the pick up dates will be communicated to you via email, with an estimated window near the end of October. 

Donation Form

Thank you for your support!

Both the Estuary Program and Pacific Wildlife Care appreciate your support in this fundraiser.