Avila Beach will celebrate its second annual Bird Sanctuary Day on Feb. 20.
The event, held during San Luis Obispo County’s Coastal Discovery and Stewardship Month, celebrates Avila Beach’s designation as an California bird sanctuary.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. at the Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St. in Avila Beach, with a history of bird sanctuaries and a regional birding overview, according to a news release. Representatives of Pacific Wildlife Care and Willow Tree Wildlife will also be on hand to show live, rescued birds.
During the event, visitors can see some of Avila Beach’s resident bird populations and explore the beach with a stewardship cleanup kit. Cleanup kits contain a collection bag, gloves and a marine debris checklist.
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Participants can return their checklists to receive a free tote bag. The checklist information will be used to help determine trends and sources of specific debris for future marine protection.