Join Us for an MPA Celebration!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Bay Theater at AQUARIUM OF THE BAY
5:30pm reception, 6:30pm program begins
Join us for a fun celebration of the one year anniversary of California’s
world class network of marine protected areas. Enjoy a beverage,
hors d’oeuvres, and connecting with friends and colleagues. The
event will feature the national debut of two short films about
marine protected areas.
We proudly present:
• Marine Protected Areas - Restoring the Beauty, Bounty, and Diversity of Our Natural Undersea World, produced by Aquarium of the Bay.
• How do you MPA?, produced by Ocean Conservancy
Tickets are $5 and a ticket is required for entry.
This includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.
To reserve tickets and for more information visit: http://bit.ly/1elcOH1
What's wrong with this Sea Star?
Starting this summer, sea stars (aka starfish) along the west coast from Alaska to Southern California have been dying – due to what scientists are calling “wasting syndrome.” The stars first begin to wither and then disintegrate -- this is quickly wiping out sea star populations along the west coast!
As reports continue to become more frequent and widespread, LiMPETS students have mobilized. This November, students are counting stars within permanent plots at our LiMPETS sites along the coast. Based on our student surveys, it appears that the disease has already decimated populations near Half Moon Bay and elsewhere. More broadly, our student efforts are helping to inform a centralized effort led by UC Santa Cruz to track the extent of the disease. For more information, visit the UC Santa Cruz Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Network website.
Are you looking for
a great holiday gift?
Support the Sanctuary and purchase a 20th Anniversary Beach Watch Calendar - featuring 12 beautiful beaches!
Each day shows the high and low tides - perfect for scheduling a beach walk, survey, tidepooling, kayak or dive adventure!
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Contact Dru to order yours today, only $15 each: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent whale watch and Sanctuary Exploration trip. We appreciate all the support of the Association - you helped us raise $9,950, which will be used to allow Bay Area middle and high school students with the opportunity to develop hands on conservation science skills through our LiMPETS program and to continue our long term data collection and monitoring of north central coast wildlife through our Beach Watch program, now in its 20th year.
Rudy Wallen, one of the naturalists on board provided an extensive list of wildlife sightings and links that provide additional information about these species, see below.
The Association is actively seeking volunteers to support its efforts. If you would like to help lead or be involved in protecting and stewarding the Sanctuary, one of the five most important ocean habitats in the world, or would like additional information about our efforts, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you again for your support of the Gulf of the Farallones. Please feel free to share your photos of the day on the water - or any of your Sanctuary explorations on our Facebook page!
Here is a list of the creatures we saw on 10/27/13, including links to so you can learn more about the amazing creatures protected within the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary.
CETACEANS - Toothed whales
CETACEANS - Baleen whales
PINNIPEDS - Eared seals
Northern Fur Seal
PINNIPEDS - Earless seals
Northern Elephant Seal
Sea Nettle (Chrysaora)
For other creatures found within the GFMS see our Wildlife Spotlight page.
Some recent happenings from our LiMPETS program
A school blog about participating in LiMPETS
An Ocean Science Trust piece on citizen science!
A notice about Marin MPA Watch
The tiny, diminutive mole crab lives in a habitat where it has no
solid ground to cling to, the waves and tides create constant movement
and crushing force, and it must survive a set of terrestrial predators
as well as marine predators. These doughty crustaceans not only survive
the abuses of the sandy beach at the water's edge, they thrive in that
challenging habitat right under the feet of many beachgoers who don't
even know they're there. Read More >>