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2015 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.

2015

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

January

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Jan 9
  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 24-25
  Whalefest 2015
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 Liz Love at (831) 647—4255 or by email
 
 
 
Jan 28
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, MBNMS Office Conference Room in Monterey. For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
 

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 20
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting at the Civic Plaza Community Room in Watsonville
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Feb 23
  Sanctuary Education Panel (SEP) Meeting
TBD. For more information contact Liz Love at (831) 647-4255.

 
 
 
 

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 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR)Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). 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 11-12
  Good Old Days in Pacific Grove
For more information please call (831) 373-3304.
 
 
 
Apr 17
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Santa Cruz.
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Apr 25
  Sanctuary Currents Symposium, 8am–3pm at CSU Monterey Bay
For more information contact Erica Burton at (831) 647–4246.
 
 
 
 

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 8
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Long Marine Labs, UC Santa Cruz. 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 19
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Carmel or Carmel Valley.
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
     

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 10
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm TBD. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
     
     

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 Half Moon Bay.
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle at (831) 647–4256.
       

September

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Sept 11
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
       

October

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Oct 23
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Cambria.
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle at (831) 647–4256.
       

November

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Nov 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
       

December

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Dec 11
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Monterey.
For more information please contact Erin Ovalle 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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