Condors in the Sky
Our November meeting will feature Andy Kortman from the Ventana Wildlife Society. Andy will be talking to us about the California Condor Reintroduction Program. We will learn about the natural history of this iconic endangered species that so fascinates locals and visitors alike, and the use of radio telemetry technology to monitor and manage the wild flock. There is also a new feeding site, the furthest north, and Andy will explain what that means for being able to view condors in the area. We will also have the opportunity to touch real condor feathers and a condor egg replica.
Andy earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology and Evolution from UC Santa Cruz and has been a docent at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Encinitas; he is a condor tour leader, outdoor education instructor, and presenter for Ventana Wildlife Society. He is also currently working toward his teaching credential.
The Ventana Wildlife Society was founded in 1977; its mission is conserving native wildlife and their habitats. They have a strong focus on youth education so future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife.
Join us for this presentation about what is a very rare visitor to our Reserve -- the California condor.
Our refresher will be a reintroduction program for school walks. We will learn about this iconic endangered species and how to manage this wild flock. Rick will explain what it means to be able to view kids having fun in the Reserve and Fred has a video presentation featuring many of our school walk leaders. The presentation will focus on youth education and the willingness and capacity to help kids overcome Nature Deficit Disorder by bring them into the "wild." Help bring Nature to Kids, and Kids to Nature.
Leave us messages here for any merchandise that needs restocking, or contact ➧ Sue Miller.
MM thinks the docents are doing a knock out job at Info. MM wants to note that the water bottles are kept in the gray bin underneath the Tee-shirt bin . Also, it is a good practice to leave the hand rolled posters inside Info until needed outside. Often they get somewhat faded and very dusty if they are stored in the slots outside. It is a a better practice to put one or two outside for those large groups, where there isn't much time to address everyone's needs, and leave the rest inside until the slot is near empty. Thank you all for a great job! MM.
Trail Repair Work Party
We have another opportunity to assist State Parks in maintaining the trails at Point Lobos. There will be a trail repair work party event on October 29, 2014. The main objective will be to repair and replace symbolic fencing throughout the Reserve by removing wire rope and any rusted anchor rods and replacing them. Work will begin at Bird Island and move along South Shore to some areas needing repair on the North Shore Trail.
There will be two shifts of eight docents each which will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Shift 1) and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Shift 2). Volunteers for each shift will meet at Lobos Ranch (map to be provided) at the start of their shift for a ride to the Reserve. Bring work gloves, water, snacks and sun protection. Major rain will cause the event to be rescheduled. Each shift will receive an introduction and safety briefing. All abilities are welcome; there will be a job for everyone. Both shifts are listed on the Docent Activity Calendar, and you can sign up there.
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
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:30amInformation StationGeneralMartha Dennis
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:00amInformation StationGeneralMarie Murphy
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00pmInformation StationGeneralDaniel Turner
Scheduled School Walks
Check out the school walks that have been reserved by schools on the pointlobos.org website
Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors. Interested? For training schedule contact: Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (831) 625-1470