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Morro Bay Community Center
1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay

Friday, May 14, 2010

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Registration opens 8:30 am

9 am  Welcome
- Supervisor Bruce Gibson
 Update of the Health of Morro Bay - Ann Kitajima and Jon Hall, MBNEP Staff

   Responding to Climate Change
Dr. Adrienne Greve, Cal Poly

Trash Talk

10:15 am 
 Demystifying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Marine Debris and Nonpoint Source Pollution
               Shari Sullivan, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Morro Bay National Estuary Program

10:30 am 
 An Insiders Look at  Recycling and Trash in SLO Co.
               Mike Di Milo, San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority 

11:30   The Foodshed
- Local Sustainable Food Production

11:30 am   Bloom Microgreens; Specialty Farming and Sustainability

               Kara Wood, Owner/Grower of Bloom Microgreens

11:45 am   Farm to Table - Closing the loop from producer to consumer

               Robert Root, chef and founder of Pallet to Palate

12:00 pm   Oyster Farming
in Morro Bay
               George Trevelyan, Owner of Grassy Bar Oyster Company

12:15 pm    Questions and Answers

1:30 pm  Field Trips
All field trips require preregistration and will fill. Please call the Estuary Program offices at 772-3834 to register or be placed on waiting lists. Field trips depart from the Morro Bay Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Tour of Chorro Flats Wetland Restoration Project
Linda Chipping, Director, Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District
Tour a successful wetland restoration project, completed in 1997. See pre-restoration photographs, learn about riparian restoration efforts including problems encountered and lessons learned over time.

Camp San Luis Obispo: A Tour of Conservation Efforts by CA Army National Guard
Kenneth Spencer, Chris Long & Pete Waldburger
This tour begins at Camp SLO headquarters. En route to the Chorro Creek headwaters and La Primera Mine, learn about ongoing sustainability efforts at training areas and future training requirements on site, tour riparian fencing projects, rock check dams, oak mitigation efforts and noxious weed control while enjoying a discussion of Camp SLO’s watershed management approach and partnering efforts with CA Department of Fish and Game, the Estuary Program and the CA Conservation Corps. Participants will be driven in Conservation Corps van. Valid photo ID is required to enter the site.

Freshwater Invertebrates and Creek Habitat
Annie Gillespie, MBNEP Monitoring Projects Manager
Bugs tell the story of water quality in creeks like nothing else. Get into creeks to see how scientists collect dragonflies and other creek dwellers and learn why they are so important.

Hands-on Experience with Marine Science Researchers
Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences
Join researchers from Cal Poly's Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at their research dock to examine the life that resides underwater in Morro  Bay and see first hand the data gathering stations. A Remote Operated Vehicle will allow you to see underwater without getting wet!

Estuary 101 - An On-Water Tour
Rouvaishyana, State Parks Museum Manager
Enjoy a naturalist-led tour on the Dos Osos through the Morro Bay Estuary. This is a great field trip for families
(children must be accompanied by a guardian). Be prepared for wind.

Estuary Ecology from Black Hill
Michael Multari, MBNEP Interim Director
Join Michael on the short, but steep, hike up Black Hill for panoramic views of the estuary and watershed. Learn about the ecology of the region as well as restoration and protection efforts both completed and underway.

Times and details subject to change through April 30, 2010. Please check back for additional information to be poste