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2014 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.

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2014

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

January

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Jan 10
  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 13
  Central Coast Community Gatherings to Guide Continued Marine Protected Area Monitoring – Morro Bay
5:30pm–7:30pm at The Museum of Natural History. This is hosted by California Ocean Science Trust. Please call (805) 776–3982 for more information.
 
 
 
Jan 15
  Central Coast Community Gatherings to Guide Continued Marine Protected Area Monitoring – Monterey
5:30pm–7:30pm at The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This is hosted by California Ocean Science Trust. Please call (805) 776–3982 for more information.
 
 
 
Jan 16
  Sanctuary Education Panel (SEP) Meeting
3pm-5pm at Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. For more information contact Lisa Uttal at (831) 425-4180.

 
 
 
Jan 16
  Central Coast Community Gatherings to Guide Continued Marine Protected Area Monitoring – Santa Cruz
5:30pm–7:30pm at The Seymour Marine Discovery Center. This is hosted by California Ocean Science Trust. Please call (805) 776–3982 for more information.
 
 
 
Jan 25-26
  Whalefest 2014
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
 
 
 
 

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 5
  Monterey Bay Conference on Water Quality: Impacts and Solutions
1pm–5pm presentations, 5pm–7pm resource fair at Watsonville City Council Chambers. For more information contact Bridget Hoover at (831) 647–4217 or by email.
 
 
 
Feb 12
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, at the Moss Landing Harbor Office. For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
Feb 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Pacific Grove
For more information please contact Sara Hutto 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 5
  Water Quality Protection Prgram (WQPP) Meeting
9am–12pm (location TBD). For more information contact Bridget Hoover at (831) 647–4217 or by email.
 
 
 
Mar 14
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Mar 27
  Public Workshop for Coastal Erosion Plan from Moss Landing to Pillar Point
6pm–8pm at USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz. Please RSVP (and for more information) with Brad Damitz at (415) 259-5766, or by email
 
 
 
 

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 5–6
  Good Old Days in Pacific Grove
For more information please call (831) 373-3304.
 
 
 
Apr 11
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) conference room. For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
Apr 12
  Join Us April 12th at Hearst Castle Theater for "A Success Story: Your National Marine Sanctuaries"
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. For more information, please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145, or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 25
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Santa Cruz
For more information please contact Sara Hutto at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Apr 26
  Sanctuary Currents Symposium, 8am–3pm at CSU Monterey Bay
For more information contact Liz Love at (831) 647–4255.
 
 
 
Apr 26
  Snapshot Day 2014! Monterey area training for volunteers
From 11:00am–1:00pm, at REI in Marina. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 27
  Snapshot Day 2014! Santa Cruz area training for volunteers
From 10am–12pm or 1pm–3pm, at CWC Community Room, 365 Lake Ave, Suite A, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 28
  Snapshot Day 2014! San Mateo area training for volunteers
From 6pm–8pm, at the San Gregorio General Store, Hwy 84 & Stage Road, San Gregorio. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 29
  Snapshot Day 2014! San Luis Obispo area training for volunteers
From 5pm–7pm, at the Coastal Discovery Center at Hearst State Beach, San Simeon. 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 2
  Discover Your Central Coast Lecture Series #1: Sanctuary Sentinels: Counting seastars and measuring the radioactivity of kelp to assess the health of the nearshore ecosystem; Steve Lonhart, PhD (MBNMS)
Click for the complete series description (86K PDF)
6:30pm-7:30pm, Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria. For more information please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145, or by email.
 
 
 
May 3
  15th Annual Snapshot Day! Meet at hubs (REI in Marina, Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon, Coastal Watershed Council in Santa Cruz, and General Store in San Gregorio), 9am
For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
Snapshot Day 2014 Poster (647K PDF)
 
 
 
May 9
  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.
 
 
 
May 9
  Discover Your Central Coast Lecture Series #2: From Jellies to Sea Turtles: A big picture look at the biotoxin domoic acid in marine food webs of central California; Heather S. Harris, DVM, MPVM
Click for the complete series description (86K PDF)
6:30pm-7:30pm, Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria. For more information please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145, or by email.
 
 
 
May 14 - 15
  The Whale Trail, MBNMS and Partners Present: "Orca: The Whale Called Killer"
Marine conservationist, whale researcher and author of more than 20 books, Erich Hoyt will share compelling orca stories from his early work in Johnstone Strait to current research in Far East Russia.
 
 
 
May 16
  Discover Your Central Coast Lecture Series #3: Condors and Coast: A Natural Connection; Joe Burnett (Sr. Biologist and Big Sur Condor Program Coordinator for Ventana Wildlife Society)
Click for the complete series description (86K PDF)
6:30pm-7:30pm, Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria. For more information please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145, or by email.
 
 
 
May 17
  The First Annual Monterey Bay Sanctuary Celebration Day in Santa Cruz
11am–5pm at the Santa Cruz Wharf. For more information contact Camille Nava at (831) 435-9934.
 
 
 
May 20
  Public Workshop for Coastal Erosion Plan from Moss Landing to Pillar Point
6pm–8pm at Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, Half Moon Bay. Please RSVP (and for more information) with Brad Damitz at (415) 259-5766, or by email
 
 
 
May 28
  Sanctuary Education Panel (SEP) Meeting
1pm–3:30pm, at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in the Tech Center. For more informaiton contact Lisa Uttal at (831) 425-4180.
 
 
 
May 30
  Discover Your Central Coast Lecture Series #4: What's taking a bite out of the Southern Sea Otter recovery?; Mike Harris (Senior Environmental Scientist, CDFW)
Click for the complete series description (86K PDF)
6:30pm-7:30pm, Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria. For more information please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145, or by email.
 
 
     

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 7
  Summer Run for Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP) First Flush sampling sites
9am–2pm Meet at the MBNMS offices. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Jun 7
  The Sanctuary Exploration Center Hosts The 2014 Beneath the Waves Film Festival
11am–5pm at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in celebration of World Oceans Day. For more information contact Kelly Cuffe at (831) 247-1266 or by email.
 
 
 
Jun 8
  World Oceans Day
What are you doing to celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all?
 
 
     

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 11
  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.
     
     

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 7
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, at the Moss Landing Marine Lab (MLML). For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
Aug 22
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in the Monterey Peninsula
For more information please contact Dawn Hayes at (831) 647–4256.
       

September

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Sept 10
  First Flush Training in Santa Cruz
For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Sept 11
  First Flush Training in Monterey
For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Sept 12
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at U.S. Geological Survey. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
Sept 13
  Dry Run for First Flush 2014
9am–2pm. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
       

October

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Oct 8
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, at the Moss Landing Harbor Office. For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmerat (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
Oct 17
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Cambria
For more information please contact Sara Hutto at (831) 647–4206.
       

November

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Nov 14
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Center for Ocean Health, UC Santa Cruz. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
       

December

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Dec 3
  Sanctuary Conservation Working Group (CWG) Meeting
1pm–4pm, at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) conference room. For more informaiton contact Karen Grimmerat (831) 647-4253.
 
 
 
Dec 12
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Moss Landing
For more information please contact Dawn Hayes at (831) 647–4256.
 
 
     

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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