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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

Saturated Cypress Point Slips and Slides

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

All the wet weather we’ve had this winter has taken its toll on bluffs all along the California coast, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is no exception. The saturated earth has weakened and softened, trees are uprooting, fences are falling, and Cypress Point is on the move! The photo provided by Ranger Sarah Lenz shows a crack in the earth just north of Cypress Point where part of the bluff has slumped down towards the beach.


It’s Pupping Season Again!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

From February through May, female harbor seals also come ashore at FMR to give birth and nurse their young. Mother seals leave pups briefly on shore when they forage for food. If you see a lone pup, do not approach it closely; do not touch, move or otherwise disturb it. Chances are good that a seemingly abandoned pup is simply waiting for its mother’s return, but she will not come back to it if humans are too nearby.

It is extremely difficult to reunite a mother and her pup once they have been separated. It is best to move out of the area to give the mother and pup the best chance for reuniting. (more…)