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Climate Impact on Point Lobos

Point Lobos Climate: How it works and what it means to us and our environment

Some of the processes that create the climate of Point Lobos (such as those that create our cool and dry summers, our mild and rainy winters, and our coastal fog) are relatively straightforward and readily explicable to visitors.   But many other highly complex processes, still being explored by climate scientists, impact Point Lobos.  These include those that cause some winters to be very wet and others to be very dry, the origins of long-term drought, and the long-term impacts of global climate change.  Tom Murphree will present an overview of the Point Lobos climate at the June monthly meeting: how it works and what its changes (including the ongoing drought), mean for the natural environment and for us.  He will also propose and demonstrate some methods for helping Point Lobos visitors to better understand and appreciate our climate and its importance to the terrain, plants, animals and people of this region.  Questions, comments and audience participation will be strongly encouraged.   Want a head-start?  ➤ Tom's Climate Slide Show

In addition, Sue Addleman will hit the refresh button on answers to frequently asked visitor questions about the Brandt's Cormorant and the other species of birds that nest at Bird Island and its  immediate area. If you haven't been out on the Bird Island Trail in a while, don't wait too long.  Nests are already under construction, and the whole place is alive right now with pupping, buzzing, chirping, spouting, scurrying and blooming!

 Tom Murphree, who did his graduate studies at UC Davis and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he teaches and conducts research on climate and atmosphere-ocean interactions.  He also conducts hands-on science workshops for K-12 students and teachers, for the general public and for scientists who want to learn how to share their science with children.  His hobbies include swimming, biking, dancing and photography.

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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

  • Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:00am
    Information Station
    Rick Pettit
  • Sat, 05/30/2015 - 11:00am
    Information Station
    Nelson Balcar
  • Sun, 05/31/2015 - 12:00pm
    Whalers Cabin
    Cultural History
    Vicki Odello

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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:
melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

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