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Herpetology and Seal Pupping

The Wonderful World of Herps

Come to the March 7 meeting and learn about the wonderful world of herps. “Herps”? If you are, like I was, not entirely sure just what that word means, or you simply want to bone up, perhaps to impress the crowd with your penetrating questions, you might choose to go to: http://www.californiaherps.com/

Our speaker will be Dr. Gage Dayton, an ecologist affiliated with UCSC, CSUMB, and Moss Landing Marine Labs.  Gage has been the Administrative Director of the UCSC of California Natural Reserves and a lecturer since 2008. In this capacity he oversees the five Natural Reserves affiliated with the campus (Big Creek, Año Nuevo Island Reserve, Younger Lagoon Reserve, and the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve). He also teaches upper division field courses in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies departments.

A graduate of Humboldt State, and with a PhD  from Texas A&M, Gage places great importance on a thorough understanding of natural history, the conservation and restoration of natural habitats, and experiential learning. He thrives on teaching undergraduates and supporting research and education in “outdoor classrooms” and “living laboratories”. 

For our refresher this month, we welcome the dynamic duo of Evans (the Dave half) and Paul Reps. They will team up to prepare us for one of our favorite Reserve phenomena: harbor seal pupping. It's just around the corner! Expect many great photos, a reminder of viewing protocols, and some natural history tidbits you can share with visitors.    Attire: Herp- or harbor seal-themed clothing is optional.

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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

  • Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:30am
    Weston Beach
    Nelson Balcar
  • Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00pm
    Information Station
    Daniel Turner
  • Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:00pm
    Information Station
    Spencer Myers

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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