Fun Tip for Inclusive Docenting

Craig Noke, a Monterey MPA Collaborative Member and volunteer extraordinaire, can often be seen volunteering with various organizations around Monterey Bay. As a Bay Net Volunteer Naturalist or “docent”, Craig engages the public by introducing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and local wildlife. Craig’s hobby as a Bay Net docent is saying the names of marine mammals in the language of the visitors, including American Sign Language (ASL). He notes that this is “an incredible icebreaker!”. It all started when Craig and his wife volunteered behind the steam table at a soup kitchen in Redwood City. He would ask clients to teach him how to greet them in their native language.  Craig shares, “As a Bay Net docent, we like to engage with visitors and not just spout facts, get them to ask questions, tell us their stories. Non-English speakers are understandably a bit shy but when they hear even a mangled pronunciation, they really feel comfortable.” Thanks for all that you do, Craig! 

Craig engages with the public as a Bay Net docent at Bird Rock. Photos provided by Craig Noke. 

Translated Intertidal Regulation Outreach Resources for Southern California

Los Angeles County MPA Collaborative Members, USC Sea Grant and MARINe (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network), have created new and adapted existing outreach resources for Southern California focused on intertidal collecting regulations and mussels. “A SoCal Guide to Mussels” was developed in English and Chienese and the “Tidepool Collecting Regulations” flyer created in English by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was translated into Chinese. Access the flyers here.

The team has also been developing ready-made social media posts to help increase intertidal literacy. The social media posts are available for use by partners, just be sure to credit and tag @marine_pacificrockyintertidal. 

Updates from Del Norte County

Content provided by Del Norte County MPA Collaborative Co-Chair John Corbett

In Del Norte County, the resurgence of COVID-19 has taken a large toll on the community and been quite disruptive of programs and life.

Freshwater otters have suffered unusually high levels of human disturbance this year. A den of otters located in a lagoon where fresh and saltwater mix at river mouths and where salmon are running, has had some negative interactions with humans that swim along the bank. When swimmers go by the den where newly born otters reside, the entire den of otters will empty to chase the perceived threats, even swarming and biting the swimmers to protect their young. One way to avoid the disturbance of otters and injuries to humans is to keep a healthy distance from the den.

Southern California surfing legend Greg Noll passed away this year. He was a major factor in building the surfing movement in Southern California, promoted one of the early surfing movies the Endless Summer, and was the premier big-wave rider of the time, a star first survivor of the huge Waimea Bay wave who allegedly had the perfect ride. For his sheer lack of hesitation, no matter how big the wave, he earned the nickname “Da Bull”. Noll lived in Crescent City and ran a surf shop. For 16 years, Crescent City hosted the Noll Longboard surfing contest in Crescent City. He will be missed.

The False Klamath Cove MPA Watch and Beach Survey program will continue again this year. This survey will be one of the few if any, beach surveys for the North Coast, where the necessary volunteer infrastructure and resource monitoring data is often lacking when compared to Southern California. To help address this void of data in the North Coast, the Del Norte Collaborative worked closely with the statewide MPA Watch program and Indigenous communities, to apply statewide metrics to the human-use surveys that were already underway as well as creating new MPA Watch sites in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. A focus of the False Klamath Cove MPA Watch and Beach Survey this year is to collect data on the average time visitors spend at the beach. Recently, in partnership with California State Parks, two new sites were established in Humboldt County.

Survey being conducted at False Klamath Cove. Photo credit: MPA Watch.

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