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2017 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.

2017

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

January

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Jan 13
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Hopkins Marine Station, Agassiz Building. For more information contact Andrew Devogelaere at (831) 647–4213
 
 
 
Jan 28-29
  7th 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 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 10
  2017 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award
The 2017 Ed Ricketts emorial Award recipient is Dr. Fiorenza Michel, for "Under pressure: vulnerability and resilience of coastal systems of the California Current". Dr. Michel is a professor at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University.
 
 
 
Feb 17
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting at Moss Landing Marine Labs, Moss Landing.
For more information please contact Kristen Hart 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 8
  Team OCEAN/BayNet Volunteer Information Meeting
6:00pm at the MBNMS office at 99 Pacific St Bldg 455 Monterey. Contact Lisa Emanuelson to RSVP at (831) 647-4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Mar 10
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at U.S. Geological Survey. 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 8-9
  60th Annual Good Old Days in Pacific Grove
For more information please call (831) 373-3304.
 
 
 
Apr 19
  "Sea Below the Surface" 25th Anniversary Speaker Series Part 1 of 4: Estuarine Environment
"From oysters to otters: Elkhorn Slough ecology and how estuarine ecosystems are changing"

6-7:30PM at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, please call (831) 647-4255.
 
 
 
Apr 20
  "Sea Below the Surface" 25th Anniversary Speaker Series Part 1 of 4: Estuarine Environment
"Elkhorn Slough: window on the land/sea link"

6-7:30PM at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA. For more information, please call (831) 647-4255.
 
Apr 21
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Santa Cruz.
For more information please contact Kristen Hart at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Apr 29
  Snapshot Day 2017! Monterey area training for volunteers
From 11am–1pm or 2pm–4pm, at REI in Marina. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 30
  Snapshot Day 2017! Santa Cruz area training for volunteers
From 10am–11:30am, at Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Community Room, 365 Lake Ave, Suite A, Santa Cruz. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
Apr 30
  Snapshot Day 2017! San Mateo area training for volunteers
From 2pm–3:30pm, at the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, 625 Miramontes Street, Half Moon Bay. 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
  Snapshot Day 2017! San Luis Obispo area training for volunteers
From 5:30pm–7:30pm, at the Coastal Discovery Center at Hearst State Beach, San Simeon. For more information contact Lisa Emanuelson at (831) 647–4227 or by email.
 
 
 
May 6
  18th 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 2017 Poster (K PDF)
 
 
 
May 12
  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 17
  "Sea Below the Surface" 25th Anniversary Speaker Series Part 2 of 4: Estuarine Environment
"Recent changes in coastal ecosystems of the sanctuary: understanding their causes and consequences"

6-7:30PM at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, please call (831) 647-4255.
 
 
 
May 25
  "Sea Below the Surface" 25th Anniversary Speaker Series Part 2 of 4: Estuarine Environment
"Alongshore sediment transport, rip currents and erosion in southern Monterey Bay"

6-7:30PM at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA. For more information, please call (831) 647-4255.
 
 
     

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 16
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Cambria.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Jun 25-26
  Get Into Your Sanctuary Weekend
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.
 
 
     

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 14
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing. 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 12-13
  Get Into Your Sanctuary Weekend
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 16
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Half Moon Bay.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
 
 
 
Aug 26
  Coastal Discovery Center Ocean Fair: Celebrating The Sanctuary's 25th Anniversary
Celebrating Get In Your Sanctuary Weekend at the Coastal Discovery Center (CDC) in San Simeon! For more information please contact Carolyn Skinder at (805) 927-2145 or by email.
       

September

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Sept 8
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
 
Sept 16
  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 20
  Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in Salinas.
For more information please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647–4206.
       

November

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Nov 3
  Sanctuary Research Activity Panel (RAP) Meeting
9am–12pm at Long Marine Lab (UCSC). For more information contact Andrew DeVogelaere at (831) 647–4213.
 
 
       

December

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Dec 15
  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 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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