September Docent Meeting
Christy Wyckoff is the Senior Wildlife Ecologist of the Santa Lucia Conservancy, a science based conservation organization in Carmel. Christy received her BS from Stanford University, chased feral pigs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for her MS and delved into the molecular world of chronic wasting disease in elk at Colorado State University for her PhD. She jumped at the opportunity to move back to her home state of California and immerse herself in the applied side of conservation ecology. Currently, Christy is leading several projects on the Santa Lucia Preserve including breeding ecology of the tricolored blackbird, grassland species response to conservation grazing, adaptive management of endangered aquatic species and some citizen science on the Preserve. Christy will highlight the less-glamorous small mammals of our local grasslands and delve into their surprising importance to local biodiversity.
Two Summer Interns Monitoring Point Lobos (short program)
The Reserve’s sensitive resources are subject to changes, such as increases in park visitation and warming of the coastal waters. The impact of these changes need to be monitored and used as a basis for better management and protection of the Reserve’s wild species and other park resources. Intern Elizabeth Koch’s first year baseline data will provide a foundation for a better understanding of these wildlife species, their habitat needs, and the conservation measures required to preserve them.
Elizabeth is a second-year graduate student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her research interests include the ecology of marine mammals and intertidal organisms. She has volunteered at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, was a research assistant for the Coastal Dolphins of Orange County project, and now works at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At Point Lobos she will be studying the distribution and habitat use of marine mammals and shorebirds, and their interactions with park visitors.
Sean Noble is assessing coastal bluff erosion within Point Lobos using historic aerial photos, visual assessments, and direct soil loss measurements. He is also mapping trail degradation, visitor-created trails, and coastal bluff erosion using GPS. He will assess trail sustainability, based on erosion indices and other environmentally-significant factors. The results of this analysis will contribute to the assessment of potential trail realignments to minimize soil loss and erosion, degradation of sensitive cultural soils and disturbance of marine mammals.
Sean attended UCSC where he got a BS in Marine Biology and currently is a graduate student at CSUMB, working towards an MS in applied watershed sciences. Sean specializes in applying geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling techniques to environmental issues. He is a Monterey Bay native, growing up in Soquel, and when not working, spends his time rock-climbing and playing disc golf.
We should have a gate greeter every weekend through Labor Day, September 7. Signup for at least a one hour shift (longer if you can)- Public Activities Calendar. To get up-to-speed, the new welcome to Point Lobos gate greeting video is now available on this website. Paul Reps takes you through the steps to sucessfully welcome visitors to the Reserve, provide them with the map/brochure and send them off on the right trails (the new Lace Lichen for one!) for their Point Lobos adventures.
The 7 minute video of the procedures, is at Resources / Adm / Docent Procedures, or click here: GATE GREETING
CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS
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.
POINT LOBOS FOUNDATION
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 led walks
Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:15amInformation StationGeneralStan Dryden
Sat, 08/29/2015 - 9:30amWhalers CabinPhotographic OpportunitiesFernando Elizondo
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:30amInformation StationGeneralRobert Andonian
To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:
firstname.lastname@example.org (831) 625-1470
Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors. Interested? For training schedule contact: Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator email@example.com (831) 625-1470