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2016 MBNMS General Calendar

Twelve month calendar of Sanctuary events and meetings. Check back regularly for updates. To view calendars of other marine institutions around the sanctuary, click here.

If you know of an upcoming event of interest to the Sanctuary community, please contact the webmaster for this page so the event can be posted to this page. All postings are subject to approval by the MBNMS Superintendent.

2016

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

January

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Jan 8
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213
 
 
 
Jan 23-24
  6th Annual Whalefest Monterey
Fun and informative activities and displays celebrating whales and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the "Whale Watching Capital of the World!". For more information, please contact Amity Wood at (831) 647—4255 or by email
       
 
 
 
 

January Natural History Events

  • Look for the blows of gray whales migrating south through the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in December and January. Pregnant females come first, swimming along the coastline and are visible from shore as they head for the warm waters off of Baja California, Mexico for calving and mating.
  • The female Northern Elephant Seal population peaks around January 24 at their breeding colonies (Año Nuevo State Reserve and Piedras Blancas beach) in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; the number of newly–born pups peaks shortly after.
 
   

February

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Feb 19
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting at the Agricultural History Project Center and Museum inWatsonville
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
 

February Natural History Events

  • Peak Elephant Seal pupping season in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Gray whales continue journey from Alaska down to Baja Mexico, migrating through the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
 
   

March

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Mar 11
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213
 
 
 
 

March Natural History Events

  • Harbor seal pupping season. Gray Whale migration begins northward from Mexico to Alaska. Cow–calf pairs can seen nearshore throughout March.
  • By mid–march most of the adult Northern Elephant Seals have returned to sea to feed, leaving the pups behind on beaches at Año Nuevo State Reserve and Piedras Blancas to fend for themselves.
 
   

April

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Apr 9-10
  Good Old Days in Pacific Grove
For more information please call (831) 373-3304.
 
 
 
Apr 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Santa Cruz.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Apr 28
  Snapshot Day 2016! San Luis Obispo area training for volunteers
From 5:30pm–7:30pm, at the Coastal Discovery Center at Hearst State Beach, San Simeon. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 30
  Snapshot Day 2016! Santa Cruz area training for volunteers
From 11am – 1pm, at CWC Community Room, 365 Lake Ave, Suite A, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
 

April Natural History Events

  • By late April most of the weaned Northern Elephant Seal pups have gone to sea to begin feeding. These pups are a favorite prey item for Great White Sharks.
  • Elephant seals are molting
  • The Snowy Plover nesting season begins in April, and runs through August – so please watch your step on the beach!
 
   

May

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May 1
  Snapshot Day 2016! Monterey area training for volunteers
From 12pm – 2pm, at REI in Marina. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
May 2
  Snapshot Day 2016! San Mateo area training for volunteers
From 5:30pm–7:30pm, at the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, 625 Miramontes Street, Half Moon Bay. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
May 7
  17th Annual Snapshot Day! Meet at hubs (REI in Marina, Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon, Coastal Watershed Council in Santa Cruz, and San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, Half moon Bay), 9am
For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
Snapshot Day 2016 Poster (575K PDF)
 
May 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213
 
 
     

May Natural History Events

  • Sooty Shearwaters arriving to feed on the vast resources of the bay
  • The Snowy Plover nesting season begins – so please watch your step on the beach!
  • Harbor seals – Pupping is in full swing at the west beach of Hopkins Marine Station. Watch for them... always a rewarding experience.
  • Gray Whale moms and babies (18–20 ft., 2000+ lbs.) are still working their way up the coast during May. Look for them just outside the kelp line, and sometimes in the kelp beds themselves. See them along the Big Sur coast, off Point Lobos, along the Monterey peninsula, Marina, Aptos, Soquel, Capitola, Santa Cruz, and points north. Instead of crossing the open bay from Point Pinos to Santa Cruz, they tend to hug the coastline to protect their calves from Orcas and great white sharks.
  • Many sea birds,such as the California Mew, and Bonapartegulls; Common and Pacific Loons; Westernand Eared Grebes; Surf Scooters, Red–breasted Mergansers, and others, are changing into their breeding plumage and heading back to their nesting grounds all over the western states, Canada and Mexico.
  • Sea lions – Fisherman's Wharf and the Coast Guard breakwater jetty are normally great places to see California sea lions of all ages, but they (most adults) are leaving the area to return to their breeding grounds on islands off Southern California (Channel Islands) and Baja (Mexico). (At this time the approach to the breakwater is closed to the public for security reasons). Expect an influx of displaced juvenile (male & some female) sea lions this month; the adults (mostly males) will usually return in August and September.
  • Blue whales and Humpbacks are here already.
       

June

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Jun 8
  World Oceans Day
What are you doing to celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all?
 
 
 
Jun 17
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Monterey.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Jun 25-26
  Get Into Your Sanctuary Weekend
As a destination for ocean recreation, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! For more information please contact Lisa Uttal at (831) 420-3669 or by email.
 
 
     

June Natural History Events

The Snowy Plover nesting season is in full swings – so please watch your step on the beach!

 
   

July

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Jul 8
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting - CANCELED

 
 
 
Jul 13
  Whale Approach Working Group Meeting
2pm–4pm at the MBNMS office, Monterey. For more information contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647–4253
     
     

July Natural History Events

The Snowy Plover nesting season is in full swings – so please watch your step on the beach!

       

August

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Aug 19
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Moss Landing.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
     
 
Aug 31
  Whale Approach Working Group Meeting
12pm–2pm at the MBNMS office, Monterey. For more information contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647–4253
       

September

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Sep 7
  2016 First Flush Classroom Training Santa Cruz Area
6pm–pm at the MBNMS office (Capitola City Hall, 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola). For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
2016 First Flush Training Poster (577K PDF)
 
 
 
Sep 8
  2016 First Flush Classroom Training Monterey Area
6pm–8pm at the MBNMS office (99 Pacific Street, Bldg 455 in Monterey). For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
2016 First Flush Training Poster (577K PDF)
 
 
 
Sept 9
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Sep 28
  Whale Approach Working Group Meeting
11:30am–1:30pm at the MBNMS office, Monterey. For more information contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647–4253
 
 
 
Sep 28
  2016 First Flush Dry Run
9am–12pm: Teams will collect samples, field measurements and get a chance to see sites in the daylight. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
2016 First Flush Training Poster (577K PDF)
       

October

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Oct 19
  Whale Approach Working Group Meeting
11:30am–1:30pm at the Think Tank Meeting Room, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). For more information contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647–4253
     
 
Oct 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Cambria.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
       

November

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Nov 3
  Ocean Noise Working Group Meeting
1:30pm–3:30pm at MBNMS Office, Monterey. For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Nov 4
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR). For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Nov 10
  Ocean Noise Working Group Meeting
11am–1:30pm at MBNMS Office, Monterey. For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Nov 19
  2016 4th Annual Beneath the Waves Film Festival
12pm–5pm at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. Dive beneath the waves and experience the beauty of the ocean through film. For more information, please call (831) 421–9993.
 
 
 
Nov 28
  Ocean Noise Working Group Meeting
1pm–3pm at MBNMS Office, Monterey. For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Nov 30
  Whale Approach Working Group Meeting
2:30pm–4:30pm at the MBNMS office, Monterey. For more information contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647–4253
       

December

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Dec 8
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Monterey.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
     

December Natural History Events

  • Look for the blows of gray whales migrating south through the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in December and January. Pregnant females come first, swimming along the coastline and are visible from shore as they head for the warm waters off of Baja California, Mexico for calving and mating.
  • Northern elephant seals arrive at their breeding colonies (Año Nuevo State Reserve and Piedras Blancas beach) in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Two–ton adult bulls arrive first and fight among themselves for dominant positions; as pregnant females come on shore, they join harems of the highest–ranking bulls. The female population peaks around January 24; the number of pups peaks shortly after. By mid–march most of the adult females and males have returned to sea, leaving the pups behind to fend for themselves. By late April most of the weaned pups have gone to sea to begin feeding.
  • Winter water fowl migrate through, 100,000's of ducks and geese rest and feed in the lagoons and estuaries in the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary and northern portion of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

 


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