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What Naturalists Do

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Our naturalists are volunteers trained to explore the tidepools with visitors, but once upon a time being a naturalist was a profession…here’s a quote from a NOAA web site about how naturalists have studied the ocean for thousands of years:

Red Octopus

A red octopus crawling between tidepools at FMR.

“The naturalists of yore esteemed the ocean to be a treasury of wonders, and sought therein for monstrosities and organisms contrary to the law of nature, such as they interpreted it. The naturalists of our own time hold equal faith in the wonders of the sea, but seek therein rather for the links of nature’s chain than for apparent exceptions.” In The Natural History of the European Seas (1859) by E. Forbes, posthumously. Published by John Van Voorst, London. p. 4-5.

More than 150 years later, naturalists are still finding links of nature’s chain at FMR and sharing them with our visitors.

FMR in National Geographic Magazine

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
National Geographic Magazine

FMR is mentioned in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

The June 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine includes a mention of and photos taken at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in a nice article about life in the Pacific intertidal zone.

The online version includes a link to a time-lapse photo video of the tide coming in at FMR.

In the article, the writer’s tour guides of Bodega Head (part of Sonoma Coast State Park) pick up animals and boulders to examine them. Please note that at FMR we discourage our volunteer tour guides and visitors from handling animals, which can cause the animals stress or injury. We also ask that you not pick up or roll over large rocks; exposing small animals to air can harm them, and it’s easy to accidentally crush small lifeforms when you place the rocks back in the water!

You can read the National Geographic article online at

Learning from Trash

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

It’s hard to see an upside to all the plastic we’ve dumped into the world’s oceans, but there might be a sliver of silver glinting through the clouds: scientists have learned a lot about how ocean currents work by studying the way in which floating trash is transported. Recently I’ve come across two books that describe what scientists are learning. (more…)