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2022 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.

2022

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

January

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Jan 14
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Virtual Meeting
9am–12pm – For more information or questions, contact Erica Burton 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 18
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Virtual Meeting.
For more information about the meeting and how to connect virtually, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Dawn Hayes 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 11
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Virtual Meeting
9am–12pm – For more information or questions, contact Erica Burton by email.
 
 
 
Mar 19–20
  11th 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
 
 
 
 

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 15
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Virtual Meeting.
For more information about the meeting and how to connect virtually, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Dawn Hayes 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 7
  Snapshot Day 2022!
For more information contact Pam Krone by email.
 
 
 
May 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Virtual Meeting
9am–12pm – For more information or questions, contact Erica Burton 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 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) Virtual Meeting.
For more information about the meeting and how to connect virtually, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Dawn Hayes by email.
 
 
     

June Natural History Events

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

 
   

July

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Jul 9
  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.
 
 
     

July Natural History Events

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

       

August

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Aug 5
  United States Postal Service's Day of Issuance Celebration for National Marine Sanctuaries Stamp
10am–12pm (PT) – To commemorate NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 50th anniversary, join this free in-person USPS event held at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. For more information about this event, contact Chelsea Prindle at (831) 425-4181 or email.
 
 
 
Aug 19
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Moss Landing.
For more information about the meeting and directions, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Dawn Hayes by email.
 
 

September

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Sep 9
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Virtual Meeting
9am–12pm – For more information or questions, contact Erica Burton by email.
 
 
 
Sep 17
  38 th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is hosting its annual "Sea Stars Gala" in the Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For more information about this event, contact Ginaia Kelly, Foundation Director, at (831) 359-7071 or email ginaia@marinesanctuary.org
 
   
 
Sep 17
  Sea Star Gala
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is hosting its annual "Sea Stars Gala" in the Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For more information about this event, contact Ginaia Kelly, Foundation Director, at (831) 359-7071 or email.
 
   
 
Sep 18
  Sanctuary Fest: Enjoy, Learn, and Protect!
9am–3pm – Join us on September 18th as we celebrate Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System along the Santa Cruz Wharf, Cowell Beach, and at the Exploration Center. Alongside our partners Pu Pu ’O Hawai’i Outrigger Canoe Club, experience the annual Aloha Races starting off the wharf at 9am and beginning at 10am, enjoy numerous family-friendly activities including scavenger hunts, exhibitor fair, ocean recreation, and guided wildlife tours. The Exploration Center will host art and science activities, and feature short ocean films. For more information, contact Amity Wood at (831) 647-4255 or email.
 
   

October

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Oct 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Hybrid Meeting at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing.
For more information about the meeting and directions, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Haven Parker by email.
 
 
 
Oct 26
  2022 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture
Join the MBNMS Research Activity Panel at the Sanctuary Exploration Center on October 26th for the 2022 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture, presented to Rick Starr, Research Faculty, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.. If you have further questions, please contact Erica Burton by email.
 
 

November

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Nov 4
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Virtual Meeting
9am–12pm – For more information or questions, contact Erica Burton by email.
 
 
 
Dec 2
  First Friday Monthly Art Event: Save Our Shores Waves and Wildlife
4pm–7pm – Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. For more information or questions, contact explorationcenter@noaa.gov.
 
 
       

December

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Nov 4
  First Friday Monthly Art Event: Patrick Webster, Underwater Photography
4pm–7pm – Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. For more information or questions, contact explorationcenter@noaa.gov.
 
 
 
Dec 9
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Monterey.
For more information about the meeting and directions, please visit the Advisory Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes page. If you have further questions, please contact Haven Parker by email.
 
 
     

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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