Archive for the ‘conservation’ Category

Read the Issue of “Between the Tides”

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The December, 2012 issue of  “Between the Tides” is now available!  This issue describes an extension to the California Coastal Trail along the Dardanelle Trail through the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Improvements to the existing trail that winds through the magical cypress forest on the bluffs overlooking the Reef include:  a new bridge over San Vicente Creek; and widening the trail and finishing it with fresh gravel over a special geotextile fabric underlayment.

This issue also contains articles on the mussel clump habitat, visitng the tide pools at Carmel Point, and scenes from the Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. Enjoy!

Artists and Scientists Collaborate to Help Seabird Species

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Rhinoceros Auklet

Photo of Rhinoceros Auklet from cs.birdwatchingdaily.com

Right now, northern elephant seal mating season is in full swing at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, a wildlife hotspot about a one-hour drive south of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The seals are the loudest, largest, and most obvious beneficiaries of that reserve’s protected status, but the island just offshore provides critical breeding habitat to a number of seabird species. (more…)

Agencies and Public Cooperate to Protect Resources in MPAs

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Some FFMR volunteers have recently been trained to monitor and report activity within the Montara State Marine Reserve of which FMR is a part. (See page 11 of our December 2011 newsletter for more about our local monitors.) They and other citizens all along the California coast have signed up to help protect the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that have been established over the past few years. Observing through binoculars, the monitors will track and report activities such as fishing, setting crab pots, and other illegal harvesting. (more…)