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2019 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.

2019

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

January

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Jan 11
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting - CANCELED

 

 
 
 
Jan 26-27
  9th 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 Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and 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 Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; the number of newly–born pups peaks shortly after.
 
   

February

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Feb 16
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Santa Cruz.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Feb 26
  Team OCEAN Kayak Naturalist & Bay Net Shoreline Naturalist Informal Meeting
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.
 
 
 
Feb 27
  Team OCEAN Kayak Naturalist & Bay Net Shoreline Naturalist Informal Meeting
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.
 
 
 
 

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 8
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Long Marine Lab (UCSC). 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 19
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting at Moss Landing Marine Labs, Moss Landing.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
 

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 4
  20th 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.
COMING SOON Snapshot Day 2019 Poster (K PDF)
 
 
 
May 10
  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.
 
 
     

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 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Cambria.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez 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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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 4
  Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration
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.
 
 
 
Aug 15
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Joint Meeting with GFNMS in Half Moon Bay.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
   

September

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Sept 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at NOAA Fisheries Lab, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Sept 21
  Coastal Cleanup Day
9am–12pm. Volunteers come together annually to pick up trash and debris from California's coastal beaches and watersheds. Hosted by the California Coastal Commission.
 
   

October

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Oct 18
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Marina.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
   

November

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Nov 1
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
       

December

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Dec 13
  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 Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and 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 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 Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and northern portion of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 


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