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Marine Mammal Rescues

As April is the prime month for the birthing of seal pups at Point Lobos and other spots along the coast, the speaker at the monthly docent meeting on Saturday, April 6, could not be timelier. Dr. Julia O’Hern will describe the work of the organization that many docents have on their speed dials if an emergency involving seals or other marine mammals occurs. She is the operations manager for The Marine Mammal Center’s Monterey Bay triage and rescue hospital. 

Since 1975, the Marine Mammal Center has rescued more than 21,000 marine mammals along 600 miles of Central and Northern California coastline and inland areas. Thanks to people like docents who call its rescue lines, the center is able to provide a humane response to animals that otherwise may not have a chance at survival. With a team of dedicated staff and more than 1,200 volunteers, the center provides the medical care needed to get as many distressed animals as it can back to their ocean homes.  

Julia grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Doctorate in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. After working as a research assistant on oceanographic projects around the world, she worked on dive and research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico before moving to Monterey Bay in 2016. 

When not at The Marine Mammal Center, Julia will be driving a whale watching boat or hiking with her dog Barnacle.


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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Sun, 03/24/2019 - 1:15pm
    Whalers Cabin
    Randy May
  • Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian
  • Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Gregg Margossian


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  (831) 625-1470