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Humans v. Terrestrial Wildlife

Responses of Terrestrial Wildlife to Human Recreation and Development

With the increase in numbers and frequency of human recreation and usage in and around Point Lobos, of what has traditionally been wildlife habitat, the foraging of nocturnal small mammals such as the California ground squirrel, western gray squirrel, dusky-footed woodrat, brush rabbit and bobcat have been affected.

Dr. Jennifer Duggan will also cover the increase in human usage due to land development for housing and recreation, as seen at Fort Ord, and how that has impacted the terrestrial wildlife on the Monetery Peninsula.

The scent of house pets, such as dogs, affects the foraging of these nocturnal small mammals, even when no direct contact between these small nocturnal animals and the domesticated pets occurs.  While only "service" dogs are allowed at Point Lobos, visitors, and docents, will have a better understanding and explanation of why house pets are prohibited at the Reserve.

Mary Conway will provide the fascinating answers to a bevy of Black Oystercatcher fun facts for our refresher.  When you are near the intertidal areas and you hear “The Call of the BLOY,” you’ll be able to regale visitors with the answers to such queries as: how many territorial pairs are there; how many chicks hatched during the past three years; and how many fledglings are earning their wings this season?  We may also find out how many oysters they catch and if they’ll ever replace their low batteries.

Dr. Jennifer Duggan is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB).  Dr. Duggan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1997, then a Master of Science in Ecology from San Diego State University and then her doctorate in Ecology, Evolution and Ethology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Duggan then did postdoctoral research at the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington before joining the faculty at CSUMB.


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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. 
To advance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to protect its natural environment for future generations and to strengthen the Monterey County network of coastal California State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Mon, 07/25/2016 - 1:30pm
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian
  • Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Gregg Margossian
  • Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:30pm
    Information Station
    Tama Olver


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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