San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden to Present:

Birding at the Garden with The Morro Coast Audubon Society

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA- San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Marlin Harms and Jessica Griffiths of the Morro Coast Audubon Society on Saturday, October 18 from 9 AM to 11 AM for a birding walk for all skill levels. This engaging walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs will get you acquainted with the wide variety of feathered friends found in SLO County. We will look for returning wintering birds and fall migrants including sparrows, warblers, raptors, and others. October is prime time for rare migrants when nearly anything can show up. Walk will begin near the Garden’s purple entrance bridge.

Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members. For more information visit or contact

Jessica Griffiths has been working as a biologist for over 10 years. She grew up in Chicago, got her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College outside of Boston. She then worked as a Wildlife Biologist for Ventana Wildlife Society, overseeing all of their songbird research projects and running the Big Sur Ornithology Lab for several years. She received her Masters in Biology at Cal Poly SLO, and she now works as a biologist for Althouse and Meade, Inc.

Marlin Harms has been a birder and Audubon Society member for decades. He has been a field trip leader for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival since its inception in the 1990′s. He has become a recognized photographer of a variety of natural history subjects as well as birds and many of his photos were used in a local wildflower book. He has led occasional bird walks for traveling groups and more recently has been giving natural history programs for traveling groups through Raven Interpretive Services.


About San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is located at 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. It is spread out on 150 acres in El Chorro Regional Park off Highway One between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. When the master plan is complete, the Garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. Through its programs and facilities, the Garden fosters an appreciation and understanding of the relationship between people and nature and encourages a sense of stewardship for the natural environment. To learn more visit, or the SLO Botanical Garden’s Facebook page.