Reduced Operating Hours at Point Lobos

Beginning June 1, 2015, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will begin closing at 7:00 p.m., rather than a half an hour after sunset.  The 7 p.m. closing will remain in effect until daylight saving time triggers a one-hour rollback of clocks on November 1, 2015. The change in closing time will benefit native wildlife in the reserve, which tend to be most active as they hunt and graze during the sunrise and sunset periods.

Otter Twins!

It's hard to know which part of this story is most exciting- the fact that otter twins were born at Point Lobos or the rescue effort on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.

Be our Guest!

Membership in the Point Lobos Foundation includes invitations to private, member-only events in and around Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. From marine life to birds to wildflowers, there's something for everyone in 2015! 

Drones prohibited

Unmanned aircraft systems, also known as aerial drones or quadcopters, are prohibited in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. They are disruptive to wildlife and visitors. Please leave your drone at home when visiting the Reserve.

Baby Updates at the Reserve

Well, today was an update for our otter 696"b"; (as Dave Evans has so aptly named our pup); and a new little addition at the Pelican Point platform lookout! You will find the little bunny near the lookout often, if all is quiet! And as for our otter twin, it's almost a given that between 1-3PM she brings her pup to show off to visitors right by the road at Whalers Cove, just up from the rescue boat sheds. She likes the kelp near the road, where she anchors, sleeps and then nurtures her little one.  ( I think she is showing it off to visitors).

Docent gets schooled, and thoroughly enjoys it.

Every once in a while a docent has an experience that makes him even happier to be a docent.  Friday the 13th of March was just one of those days.  My monthly walk group included a charming young woman (3rd or 4th grader, with her parents) who blurted out "a rock!" as we approached the large granodiorite boulder in the Cypress Grove trail above Headland Cove.  She was clearly impressed by this rock.

Poem for the twin otters born 2/26/15

A note from otter 696 to his sister

We’re twins you and I
born only yesterday, 
you were first, and I was second

we were to share the open ocean
and cuddle with our mother,
but fate would call a different tune
and placed me in the care of others

my life is one of interventions
yours, the adventures of the unforgiving sea

someday when our paths may cross
you’ll tell me of things I only dreamed could be

Otter twins!!!

Visitors alerted us to the birth of twin otter  pups on February 26! Mom was straining to handle the two pups and we could see that she was overtaxed! A diver's boat was coming in after a dive and caused her to panic and she grabbed one pup, leaving the other on a rock where she had hauled out to care for her two new little ones! The one that was left to fend for himself fell off the rock and into the crevisses and was being beaten by the incoming high tide!

Startling change in sea lion behavior

Fred Brown posted this observation on the docent website on January 24:

A magical day to be at Point Lobos

"Docent News" item by Ed Clifton: