MBNMS Volunteer of the Year 2008 Phil Adams
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Phil Adams has dedicated his time to many different sanctuary programs. He and his wife Carole began volunteering in San Simeon in 1997 for the newly formed Friends of the Elephant Seal (FES), which at that time was part of Bay Net. Phil and Carole wrote and published the FES training manual, revising it in 2007—all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Elephant Seal.
In 2002, Phil and Carole joined the first training for BeachCOMBERS in the southern region. They have faithfully patrolled Arroyo de la Cruz, one of the remotest beaches in the area since then. They are also faithful Snapshot Day volunteers, annually monitoring water quality at creeks in the San Simeon region.
In 2003 Phil joined Team OCEAN, the kayaker naturalist program off Cannery Row in Monterey and Elkhorn Slough. Phil has been a devoted volunteer driving four hours round-trip and volunteering one weekend per month.
In 2006, Phil became a docent for the newly established Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay. In addition, Phil and Carole volunteer for the sea otter monitoring program under USGS, and participate with the NMFS gray whale project at Piedras Blancas Light Station. They also participate in Coastal Cleanup Day and lead a team of volunteers at the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse property.
Phil leads monthly natural history presentations and field trips for the Central Coast Natural History Association, always describing the role of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in every program. His decade of prodigious contributions make him an outstanding volunteer for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.