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Nudibranchs on Facebook

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Love nudibranchs? The tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve provide homes for many varieties of these lovely sea snails.  Four times a year at low tide, a group of volunteers does a nudibranch count at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and sends the survey results to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  They tally the number of each species found within a two hour period at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or nearby Pillar Point.

The latest survey was on January 11, 2013,  during a minus tide of -1.4ft.

For more information, visit the FFMR Nudibranch Survey Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/518639514822989/

Volunteer Naturalist Training January-March, 2013

Friday, September 14th, 2012

You can become a Volunteer Naturalist at the tide pools! While the 2013 volunteer naturalist training is underway now, information about the 2014 class will be available in September. Please check back in September to find the details for the 2014 Training Clss. Here are the topics that are being covered in this year’s training:

2013 FFMR Training Class Topics.  All Classes: 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.

  • Class Overview; FFMR; History of FMR; Phyla Overview; Tides and Zonation; Class trip to FMR
  • Cnidarians; Echinoderms; trip to FMR
  • Sponges; Bryozoans; Tunicates; Marine Worms; trip to Pillar Pt. Harbor
  • Arthropods; trip to FMR
  • Marine Mammals; Chordates
  • Algae; trip to FMR
  • Mollusks; trip to FMR
  • Interpretive Techniques; Teaching Strategies
  • Tidepool Ecosystems; trip to FMR
Linda Ciotti

Linda Ciotti, Volunteer Coordinator

If you missed the training but still want to help, there are a number of jobs for which training is not required.  Visit the Volunteers page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Linda Ciotti at L8428@aol.com, or (650) 728-0129.

2013 FFMR Training Class Schedule

All Classes: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Jan 5: Class Overview; FFMR; History of FMR; Phyla Overview; Tides and Zonation; Class trip to FMR

Jan 12: Cnidarians; Echinoderms; trip to FMR

Jan 19: Sponges; Bryozoans; Tunicates; Marine Worms; trip to Pillar Pt. Harbor

Jan 26: Arthropods; trip to FMR

Feb 2: Marine Mammals; Chordates

Feb 9: Algae; trip to FMR

Feb 23: Mollusks; trip to FMR

Mar 2: Interpretive Techniques; Teaching Strategies

Mar 9: Tidepool Ecosystems; trip to FMR

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…)