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A new way to explore our ocean, minus the wetsuit!

Imagine knife-edge structures as tall as skyscrapers; giant pinnacles undamaged by the erosion of their land-based counterparts; chasms barely wide enough to swim through; ledges dropping into unfathomable depths; topography that was above water during the last ice age...

Announcing the next great parks and conservation landscape

Heads of the Big Sur Land Trust, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, the Point Lobos Foundation and the Monterey District of California State Parks signed a memorandum of understanding on April 9 to further parks between Carmel and Big Sur.

Great time with school kids

Perhaps it is just because I am new at this game, but I'm stoked over the fun of today's school walk with second graders at Mission Park School in Salinas.  I had five boys in my group, and perhaps the best chaperone I have ever seen at work.  The boys were long on energy, a bit short on attention span, and very curious and knowledgeable!  They knew more about the things I wanted to tell them about than most 3rd and 4th graders.  What fun!

Whales Blue and Humpback

In abundance today,,,again. thrilling us all.  Not one of the excited vistors realized that the Blues are 200 tons+ and the largest animal on the planet. The visitors really grooved on the aerobatic Humpbacks though.

Bird Island Reality Show

I spent a few hours at the Pelican Point overlook on the 4th of July watching the entertaining reality show taking place across on the islands and sharing observations with the many visitors.  A glimpse of what we watched is recorded in the link below, showing hungry Gulls, Cormorants, and a lonely Night-heron with some unsolicted visitor narrative as well. 

Placid morning at Whalers Cove

A placid morning at Point Lobos. Whalers Cove looked like a mirror, with the west side in full sun and wispy fog creeping in (on little cat's feet, of course) over the east side. Western Gull chicks sunning themselves on a rock island, a Great Blue Heron fishing for his family (had a perch too big for his throat, but lost it), and a female sea otter lolling in a side cove. Spectacular!

Historic family reunion at Whalers Cabin. Oh... and dolphins too.

Today (June 20) at Whalers, a double treat.  Ted Asaki, grandson of Gennoske Kodani*, visited the Reserve for the first time in six years.  He grew up in Monterey and was a park aid during the summer in the 70s.  He now is pastor of a church in Irving, CA.  He was invited up to his old home church on El Estero to lead the memorial service for a nisei who recently died at age 90.  As we talked outside the Cabin, Eugenie Kodani came up and joined us; she and her husband were taking one of their usual Point Lobos hikes and didn’t expect to see Ted.  The othe

Sea lions, fairy lanterns... and whales! Breaching! And delighted German visitors.

This past Saturday, as I was about to do a public walk, three young German fellows approached and asked where they should go to see whales. I complied, pointing them towards the Sea Lion Cove overlook, but made sure they understood that seeing a whale was very far from a sure thing.  Then I started off on the Cypress Grove Trail, heading up an eager crowd. Amongst them, surprisingly, were the trio of hopeful whale-seekers....had they misunderstood my directions? Had I discouraged them about seeing whales?

Great afternoon at Pelican Point

Once again, Pelican Point had a lot to offer this afternoon.  Now there are three chicks in the Black-Crowned Night Heron nest at the top of the big crack (to the right as you view from the platform.)  The protective parent was nice enough to step off the nest for a while and afford some good looks at the prehistoric little monsters.

A docent's family connection with abalone-shell button-making in New Jersey

I know it’s a cliché to say “it’s a small world” but on a visit to my 93 year old father in New Jersey, I learned how very true this is. As always, I brought copies of the latest Point Lobos magazines , which had some mention of abalone in them. This led my father to tell me a story which I’d never heard before.