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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.

New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

Delightful springtime sightings: fawns and humpback whales

June 5, Mary Conway

Visitors reported to me both on Monday and this Friday afternoon of 2-3 fawns at the Pinnacle Point end of Cypress Grove trail AND both afternoons also reported gleefully that whales were breaching off of North Point. 2 times in one week might mean good odds to see them some more in the next few days.

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.