Busy Weekends Coming
It's going to be busy on all the summer weekends with thousands of walk-in visitors needing assistance and information about the Reserve. Most visitors, this time of year, are visiting Point Lobos for the first time and are looking for advice about which trail to take. Keep them off the paved road by directing them onto Carmelo Meadow Trail for the Granite Point/Whalers Loop if they have a short time or have mobility issues, or the North Shore Trail and beyond, for those who are looking for a longer experience. Those seeking the South Shore should take the South Plateau route.
Reprint, below, of Dan Turner's post earlier this month should get you to show up for gate greeting for the weekends.
Primarily, a Gate Greeter enhances the guests' experience of The Reserve enormously. Guests walking in have no idea what to see, where to go, what The Reserve has to offer, etc. A Gate Greeter can ask the guests how long they think they'll be in the Reserve and then suggest a walk customized to the amount of time they want to spend w/us,what they'd like to see and their physical abilities. We can offer them the map which I describe as a "souvenir quality brochure w/a map in it" and, if they buy one, I open it and fold it for them so that the map is prominently displayed.
Our August presentation will be all about the Point Lobos namesake, the sea lion. Keith Hernandez from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories will be reintroducing us to basics about this popular subject, covering their taxonomy, how they care for their pups and their various behaviors.
He will also talk about how the environment’s changes impact them, including weather events and environmental toxins. Keith’s thesis research concentrates on studying the sea lions’ diet using molecular techniques, collaborating with several Monterey Bay groups to help in collecting scat and then analyzing the findings over a seven-year period to identify prey species. Because the sea lion is one of the marine mammals implicated in interactions with fisheries Keith hopes his research will build upon others’ work to help inform fisheries management decisions. Be sure to come to our meeting to learn more about this fascinating, intelligent and very vocal Point Lobos icon!
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
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:00amBird Island Parking AreaBirdsTom Clifton
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 1:30pmInformation StationGeneralAnn Muto
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:00amInformation StationGeneralBeverly Williams
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 email@example.com (831) 625-1470