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  • Contacts 

    August 11, 2010, 06:34

    Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve PO Box 669 Moss Beach, CA 94038-0669 Or contact us online: newsletter@fitzgeraldreserve.org president@fitzgeral…

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve 

    August 5, 2010, 23:26

    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and its tide pools are part of a San Mateo County Park located in Moss Beach, CA, about 40 minutes south of San Francisco. The…

  • Docents 

    August 11, 2010, 06:31

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  • News  

    August 11, 2010, 03:26

    Fitzgerald in the News San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Division, the agency responsible for Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, presents…

  • Visit 

    August 11, 2010, 03:26

    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is located in Moss Beach, CA, about 40 minutes south of San Francisco on Highway 1, or 15 minutes north of the city of Half Moon…

  • home 

    August 11, 2010, 04:01

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    August 11, 2010, 14:36

  • History 

    August 11, 2010, 14:50

    In 1969, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, led by its president, James V. Fitzgerald (for whom the Reserve was named), passed a bill designating the…

  • Upcoming 

    August 12, 2010, 05:10

    We have an ever-changing list of events and training opportunities that we sponsor. We also list functions held in the Half Moon Bay Coastside area by other…

  • Creature Feature 

    August 12, 2010, 05:53

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  • Resources 

    August 12, 2010, 18:15

    Whether you are planning your first visit to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or are a frequent tidepooler, you can find a wealth of information online about the…

  • Resources-Sidebar 

    August 12, 2010, 18:31

  • What's New At Fitzgerald 

    August 13, 2010, 02:26

    This is for new things that are happening Look for plugin that pulls new items so that they are collected on one page.

  • Low Tides 

    October 8, 2010, 17:09

    Planning Your Visit to the Tide Pools To get the most out of a visit to the tide pools, plan to come during a low tide. Tide pool creatures can be most…

  • Ocean Pollution 

    January 3, 2013, 21:49

    Thanks to mastersdegree.net for contributing this graphic. Note: be sure to use the scroll bars at the side of this graphic to see the entire image. …

  • 2014 Low Tides and Group Tour Times 

    January 3, 2013, 21:08

    Month & Year Date Day Low tide time Low tide Reef Tour Time January 2014 9 Thurs 12:15pm 0.8 11:00am-1:…

  • 2013 Low Tides and Group Tour Times 

    January 3, 2013, 20:49

    Month & Year Date Day Low tide time Low tide Reef Tour Time January 2013 7 Mon 1:02pm -0.1 12:00-2:00pm 8 Tue…

  • Blog2 

    October 1, 2010, 20:43

  • Site Map 

    October 7, 2010, 05:07

  • Become a Volunteer 

    January 3, 2013, 20:27

    Our volunteer naturalists lead tours of the intertidal environment, help with events, and interact with members of the public to bring the wonders of the…

  • Your Group Visit to the Reserve 

    January 8, 2013, 08:18

    A trained volunteer naturalist will give your group a 2-hour guided tour of the reef’s many wonders. Large groups will be broken into smaller ones. Our…

  • Resources: Our Newsletter Archives 

    March 15, 2011, 21:43

    The Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve printed newsletter, Between the Tides, is mailed to our membership several times each year. Articles in each issue…

  • Reservations 

    September 29, 2010, 05:06

    How To Make a Reservation Reservations for docent-led tours of the tide pools are required for groups of 10 or more. First, view our list of low…

  • Driving Directions 

    September 29, 2010, 05:11

    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is located west of Highway 1 in Moss Beach, 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay, or 21 miles south of San Francisco. The reserve's main…

  • Our Mission and History 

    September 29, 2010, 05:28

    The Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve was formed in 1985 to assist then Supervising Ranger Bob Breen in educating visitors about the reserve and its…

  • Training Class 

    October 1, 2010, 18:48

    Volunteer Naturalist Training Volunteer naturalist training is offered once a year, usually from January-March.  While the 2013 training class is now…

  • FMR Entrances 

    October 1, 2010, 18:42

    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve extends for 3 miles along the coast of Moss Beach, CA. The reefs and bluffs can be accessed at a number of points along the way. The…

  • Tips for Chaperones 

    October 9, 2010, 00:32

    We are delighted that you will accompany your child’s class and share the excitement of their visit to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve intertidal reef—a…

  • Marine Protected Areas 

    October 19, 2010, 04:47

    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are conservation areas designed to protect some of California’s most productive coastal underwater habitats. As of May 1,…

  • Resources: Explore FMR Online 

    March 15, 2011, 21:41

    You can explore Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR) without getting your feet wet using the links below. On December 9, 2011, NBCBayArea News aired a segment…

  • Resources: Marine Science and Conservation 

    March 15, 2011, 21:42

    The web puts an amazing array of tools at your fingertips for learning more about the world's oceans. Here are a few of our favorite resources. On December…

  • Resources: Government Agency Information 

    March 15, 2011, 21:41

    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a San Mateo County Park that is part of a Marine Protected Area that lies in California state waters within the Monterey Bay…

  • Resources: You Might Also Like... 

    March 15, 2011, 21:43

    If you enjoy Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, there are a few other places within a two-hour drive that you might also want to explore: The Monterey Bay Aquarium…

  • Resources: Recommended Reading 

    May 12, 2011, 14:34

    There's a wealth of information about life in the intertidal environment online, and there are also some wonderful books on the subject. Here is a list of a…

  • Resources: Just for Teachers 

    November 7, 2011, 16:02

    The Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve would like to help teachers to share information that rounds out their students' visit to FMR into an effective…

  • Blog 

    October 10, 2010, 08:02

  • Events 

    December 16, 2010, 15:46

    We list events held by FFMR, and selected happenings sponsored by other organizations. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Saturday October 13:…

  • Join Us 

    September 30, 2010, 21:36

    The Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported by tax-deductible donations. A donation to the Friends of Fitzgerald…

  • Registration for Training Class 

    September 30, 2010, 22:01

    Mail Registration Form With check to: FFMR Training Class,  PO Box 669, Moss Beach, CA 94038 NAME:_________________________________________ …


Blog Posts

  • Category: algae  (2)
    • What’s all that pink stuff? by: tydpoolz

      February 8, 2011, 22:31

      The color pink abounds in the tidepools. Much of it is coralline algae, a type of red algae that flourishes in marine environments around the world. Cora…

    • Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts Sonoma Coast Abalone by: tydpoolz

      October 26, 2011, 06:00

      A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), known more popularly as a Red Tide, invaded the Sonoma Coast in September and wrought havoc on the abalone population. HABs have…

  • Category: birds  (3)
  • Category: books  (3)
    • Learning from Trash by: tydpoolz

      April 20, 2011, 06:30

      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:…

    • FMR in National Geographic Magazine by: tydpoolz

      May 23, 2011, 10:18

      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…

    • What Naturalists Do by: tydpoolz

      June 15, 2011, 06:00

      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…

  • Category: climate  (1)
    • Climate Change Effects at FMR by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2011, 05:26

      Retired FMR Supervising Ranger Bob Breen is one of the experts interviewed in a short news segment about climate change impacts in the bay area. Bob walks…

  • Category: conservation  (32)

    Information about ocean and intertidal conservation.

    • Read the Issue of "Between the Tides" by: admin

      November 2, 2012, 08:00

      The December, 2012 issue of  "Between the Tides" is now available!  This issue describes an extension to the California Coastal Trail along the Dardanelle…

    • Nudibranchs on Facebook by: admin

      February 7, 2013, 05:38

      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…

    • National Marine Sanctuary Expansion by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:12

      Review the plan to expand our National Marine Sanctuaries - see http://www.sanctuaryexpansion.org/ The expansion of our National Marine Sanctuaries…

    • The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here by: admin

      March 28, 2013, 10:01

      The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here The harbor seal pups are being born at the Reserve, and it's up to visitors to help keep them safe.  If you see orange cones,…

    • Another Reason to Reduce CO2 Emissions by: tydpoolz

      December 13, 2010, 22:24

      We’ve all come to associate the increasing carbon dioxide in our atmosphere with warming and rising ocean waters. But the carbon dioxide we pump into the…

    • Tinsel the Rescued Harbor Seal by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2010, 23:44

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: On Monday Dec. 6, 2010, I noticed one adult harbor seal remained hauled out on the beach after the rest of the group moved…

    • Saving Sharks by: tydpoolz

      February 22, 2011, 22:15

      You won't find sharks in the tidepools at FMR, but as top predators they are important to the overall health of the oceans. And, like so many denizens of the…

    • It’s Pupping Season Again! by: tydpoolz

      March 2, 2011, 11:18

      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…

    • Get Ready for Earth Day by: tydpoolz

      March 9, 2011, 10:44

      We are looking forward to honoring Earth Day with our annual "beach cleanup" in El Granada. Come and join us! DATE: Saturday, April 23 TIME: 9 a.m. -…

    • Five Gyres by: tydpoolz

      April 6, 2011, 06:00

      This post is part of our Earth-Day-inspired April series about marine debris and pollution. You’ve probably seen or heard media reports about the…

    • Harbor Seal Pups, Marine Debris, and Earth Day by: tydpoolz

      April 13, 2011, 12:38

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports that she spotted 7 new harbor seal pups during her April 11, 2011 harbor seal survey! They can be viewed with binoculars from…

    • Learning from Trash by: tydpoolz

      April 20, 2011, 06:30

      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:…

    • Oystercatcher with Leg Bands at FMR by: tydpoolz

      May 9, 2011, 14:58

      Ranger Sarah reports: There has been a banded black oystercatcher hanging out at FMR foraging with the other oystercatchers. I was able to get a photo…

    • 345 lbs of Trash, 95 lbs of Recycleables by: tydpoolz

      May 11, 2011, 11:13

      30 volunteers participated in our Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Mirada Surf in El Granada, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2011. Two Boy Scouts hauled back part of…

    • Tsunami Debris to Reach US West Coast in 3 Years by: tydpoolz

      May 18, 2011, 06:00

      Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have used modeling software to predict when and where debris will come ashore from the tsunami that struck…

    • FMR in National Geographic Magazine by: tydpoolz

      May 23, 2011, 10:18

      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…

    • 2011 Bob Breen Scholarships Awarded by: tydpoolz

      June 1, 2011, 09:15

      At the end of every school year, the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve award the Bob Breen Scholarship to a graduating Half Moon Bay High School senior…

    • Today is World Oceans Day by: tydpoolz

      June 8, 2011, 06:00

      Celebrated around the world by increasing numbers since its founding in 1992, June 8th was officially designated World Oceans Day by the United Nations in…

    • What Naturalists Do by: tydpoolz

      June 15, 2011, 06:00

      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…

    • Monterey Bay Aquarium is Sea Otter Central! by: tydpoolz

      September 14, 2011, 13:45

      Editor's Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter's…

    • Taking Action to Help Sea Otters by: tydpoolz

      September 21, 2011, 10:38

      Editor’s Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter’s…

    • Pulling the Plug on the "No Otter Zone" by: tydpoolz

      September 28, 2011, 06:00

      In the 1980s, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) began a grand experiment called the "Sea Otter Management Zone." The zone, which extended from Point…

    • Monitoring Marine Protected Areas by: tydpoolz

      October 1, 2011, 07:18

      Fitzgerald Marine Reserve lies at the heart of a larger Marine Protected Area (MPA), Montara State Marine Reserve, which was established on May 1, 2010. Click…

    • Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts Sonoma Coast Abalone by: tydpoolz

      October 26, 2011, 06:00

      A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), known more popularly as a Red Tide, invaded the Sonoma Coast in September and wrought havoc on the abalone population. HABs have…

    • Tracking Productivity in a National Marine Sanctuary by: tydpoolz

      October 19, 2011, 06:00

      Around the world NOAA scientists spend a lot of time out on the water, taking samples that help them monitor ocean health. We have two of the United…

    • California Bans Shark Fin Trade by: tydpoolz

      October 12, 2011, 06:00

      California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill prohibiting possession and sale of shark fins in the state. The law is part of an international…

    • New TV Show: "Your Sanctuary" by: tydpoolz

      November 2, 2011, 06:53

      NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television…

    • Giving Thanks for the Ocean by: tydpoolz

      November 19, 2011, 13:32

      The more we learn about the ocean, the more we realize how important it is to the well-being of all life on our planet. Here in the U.S. we'll celebrate our…

    • Climate Change Effects at FMR by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2011, 05:26

      Retired FMR Supervising Ranger Bob Breen is one of the experts interviewed in a short news segment about climate change impacts in the bay area. Bob walks…

    • Tsunami Debris Arriving Earlier Than Predicted? by: tydpoolz

      January 12, 2012, 16:41

      The Tohoku tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 swept untold tons of material ranging from personal belongings to entire buildings into the Pacific ocean.…

    • Agencies and Public Cooperate to Protect Resources in MPAs  by: tydpoolz

      January 18, 2012, 11:31

      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…

    • Artists and Scientists Collaborate to Help Seabird Species by: tydpoolz

      January 25, 2012, 06:00

      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…

  • Category: education  (12)
    • Illustrated Lesson on Ocean Pollution by: admin

      June 27, 2012, 17:57

      Click here to see a downloadable graphic that illustrates the causes of ocean pollution. Thanks to mastersdegree.net for contributing this graphic.

    • Read the Issue of "Between the Tides" by: admin

      November 2, 2012, 08:00

      The December, 2012 issue of  "Between the Tides" is now available!  This issue describes an extension to the California Coastal Trail along the Dardanelle…

    • Nudibranchs on Facebook by: admin

      February 7, 2013, 05:38

      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…

    • "Surfing for Life" - Earth Day Benefit in Pacifica by: admin

      February 21, 2013, 09:19

      The Pacifica Beach Coalition presents: Surfing for Life a film by David L. Brown and Roy Earnest A benefit screening for PBC's Earth Day event Friday,…

    • National Marine Sanctuary Expansion by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:12

      Review the plan to expand our National Marine Sanctuaries - see http://www.sanctuaryexpansion.org/ The expansion of our National Marine Sanctuaries…

    • Ocean Film Festival March 7-10 by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:23

      This year is the 10th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival March 7 – 10, 2013 For details and to buy tickets:…

    • 2011 Bob Breen Scholarships Awarded by: tydpoolz

      June 1, 2011, 09:15

      At the end of every school year, the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve award the Bob Breen Scholarship to a graduating Half Moon Bay High School senior…

    • What Naturalists Do by: tydpoolz

      June 15, 2011, 06:00

      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…

    • Taking Action to Help Sea Otters by: tydpoolz

      September 21, 2011, 10:38

      Editor’s Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter’s…

    • New TV Show: "Your Sanctuary" by: tydpoolz

      November 2, 2011, 06:53

      NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television…

    • Where Harbor Seals Rule by: tydpoolz

      November 30, 2011, 06:00

      At FMR, the relatively small (under 150 lbs) and shy harbor seals rule the beach when they come ashore to rest during low tides. Due to their federally…

    • What Ship Is That? by: tydpoolz

      February 8, 2012, 08:43

      When you gaze at the ocean from the beach or bluffs of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, you often can spot large ships and smaller boats just offshore. Check out…

  • Category: events  (9)
    • "Surfing for Life" - Earth Day Benefit in Pacifica by: admin

      February 21, 2013, 09:19

      The Pacifica Beach Coalition presents: Surfing for Life a film by David L. Brown and Roy Earnest A benefit screening for PBC's Earth Day event Friday,…

    • Ocean Film Festival March 7-10 by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:23

      This year is the 10th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival March 7 – 10, 2013 For details and to buy tickets:…

    • Review San Mateo Parks Strategic Plan by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:09

      Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is one of a number of county parks included in  the San Mateo County Parks Draft Strategic Plan, now available for review…

    • Get Ready for Earth Day by: tydpoolz

      March 9, 2011, 10:44

      We are looking forward to honoring Earth Day with our annual "beach cleanup" in El Granada. Come and join us! DATE: Saturday, April 23 TIME: 9 a.m. -…

    • Harbor Seal Pups, Marine Debris, and Earth Day by: tydpoolz

      April 13, 2011, 12:38

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports that she spotted 7 new harbor seal pups during her April 11, 2011 harbor seal survey! They can be viewed with binoculars from…

    • 345 lbs of Trash, 95 lbs of Recycleables by: tydpoolz

      May 11, 2011, 11:13

      30 volunteers participated in our Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Mirada Surf in El Granada, CA on Sunday, April 23, 2011. Two Boy Scouts hauled back part of…

    • Today is World Oceans Day by: tydpoolz

      June 8, 2011, 06:00

      Celebrated around the world by increasing numbers since its founding in 1992, June 8th was officially designated World Oceans Day by the United Nations in…

    • A Blue-ribbon Fourth of July by: tydpoolz

      July 5, 2011, 10:35

      This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay's holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST…

    • Night Tidepool Tour: December 22, 2010 by: LindaC

      November 1, 2010, 17:36

      FFMR will be sponsoring their annual night tidepool tour on December 22, 2010.   This Family Fun Day event is very popular and you can discover many of the…

  • Category: geology  (1)
    • The Sand Underfoot by: tydpoolz

      January 4, 2012, 09:01

      Compared to the sculpted, fractured, and life-laden rocks of the intertidal at FMR, the sand you walk on to get to them may seem pretty boring. Maybe the KQED…

  • Category: guidelines  (8)

    Information about how to explore tidepools safely and with minimum disturbance to their inhabitants.

    • Orange Cones form a Safety Zone by: tydpoolz

      October 30, 2010, 23:47

      Like the orange cones you see in road construction zones, the ones on the reef at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are set out to form a "safety zone." But…

    • Tidepooling Safety by: tydpoolz

      October 31, 2010, 08:30

      When you are out exploring the reef at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or any other area that has tidepools, there are some important guidelines to follow. Never…

    • Choosing Footwear for Tidepooling by: tydpoolz

      January 12, 2011, 06:00

      When you’re planning a trip to the tidepools, it pays to give some advance thought to what you'll wear on your feet. Footing on the reef can be tricky;…

    • The Changing Bluffs at FMR by: tydpoolz

      January 15, 2011, 09:19

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: I had an excellent reminder of the dynamic eroding bluffs at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on January 10th when a large chunk of…

    • It’s Pupping Season Again! by: tydpoolz

      March 2, 2011, 11:18

      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…

    • Saturated Cypress Point Slips and Slides by: tydpoolz

      March 29, 2011, 23:22

      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…

    • FMR in National Geographic Magazine by: tydpoolz

      May 23, 2011, 10:18

      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…

    • Use your scientific eyes! by: Sarah

      November 1, 2010, 17:15

      Look Small. Intertidal animals can be the size of a pea! Sit Quietly. We are very large and scary compared to a sea slug! Wait for the Marine Life to…

  • Category: harbor seal  (9)
    • The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here by: admin

      March 28, 2013, 10:01

      The Harbor Seal Pups Are Here The harbor seal pups are being born at the Reserve, and it's up to visitors to help keep them safe.  If you see orange cones,…

    • Tinsel the Rescued Harbor Seal by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2010, 23:44

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: On Monday Dec. 6, 2010, I noticed one adult harbor seal remained hauled out on the beach after the rest of the group moved…

    • Orange Cones form a Safety Zone by: tydpoolz

      October 30, 2010, 23:47

      Like the orange cones you see in road construction zones, the ones on the reef at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are set out to form a "safety zone." But…

    • It’s Pupping Season Again! by: tydpoolz

      March 2, 2011, 11:18

      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…

    • Harbor Seal Counts Have Begun by: tydpoolz

      March 16, 2011, 06:00

      During pupping season, Ranger Sarah Lenz does periodic visual counts of the harbor seals resting in the reserve at or near low tide and submits the data to…

    • Harbor Seal Pups, Marine Debris, and Earth Day by: tydpoolz

      April 13, 2011, 12:38

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports that she spotted 7 new harbor seal pups during her April 11, 2011 harbor seal survey! They can be viewed with binoculars from…

    • 55 Harbor Seal Pups at FMR! by: tydpoolz

      May 12, 2011, 16:05

      Ranger Sarah Lenz counted a whopping 55 harbor seal pups during her seal population survey on May 9, 2011. This photo of sun bathing beauties was taken…

    • Harbor Seals Are Molting by: tydpoolz

      July 10, 2011, 14:53

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: Molting season is in full swing right now for the harbor seals. This is the time of year that I generally see the most seals…

    • Where Harbor Seals Rule by: tydpoolz

      November 30, 2011, 06:00

      At FMR, the relatively small (under 150 lbs) and shy harbor seals rule the beach when they come ashore to rest during low tides. Due to their federally…

  • Category: marine debris  (2)
  • Category: memorable moments  (7)

    Descriptions of fun, funny, or touching moments in the tidepools: encounters with unusual creatures, funny observations from visitors, etc.

    • The Swimming Scallop by: tydpoolz

      December 4, 2010, 17:10

      A few summers ago I was exploring the tidepools with a group of Junior Rangers when I came across a rock scallop (Crassedoma giganteum). The scallop was…

    • Tinsel the Rescued Harbor Seal by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2010, 23:44

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: On Monday Dec. 6, 2010, I noticed one adult harbor seal remained hauled out on the beach after the rest of the group moved…

    • Octopus a Night Tidepooling Highlight by: tydpoolz

      December 30, 2010, 22:43

      During our annual night tidepooling excursion last week, visitors and volunteers saw nudibranchs, a sunflower star, and a huge number of very active kelp…

    • Tug-of-War with an Octopus! by: tydpoolz

      February 3, 2011, 15:01

      Volunteer naturalist Linda Barre reports: The other day, the high school students I was leading on a tidepool tour found a red octopus in a surge…

    • Soaking Up the Sun by: tydpoolz

      February 9, 2011, 09:34

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: This juvenile red tail hawk had just finished a quick bath in San Vicente Creek and was drying its wings on the fence post…

    • Tsunami Surge Did No Damage at FMR by: tydpoolz

      March 15, 2011, 22:17

      Ranger Sarah reports that the tsunami surge experienced in the area on March 11, 2011 did no damage at FMR: "We had the park and all beaches closed (as did…

    • A Blue-ribbon Fourth of July by: tydpoolz

      July 5, 2011, 10:35

      This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay's holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST…

  • Category: nudibranch  (6)
    • Creature Feature: Another Nudi by: admin

      August 13, 2010, 02:28

      This is another nudibranch, commonly called a sea lemon (Anisodoris nobilis). Nudibranchs are mollusks but lack shells like their distant relatives the turban…

    • Creature Feature: Nudibranchs by: admin

      August 12, 2010, 13:36

      This is a nudibranch or "sea slug" commonly called the ringed dorid (Diaulula sandiegensis). Nudibranchs, fondly referred to as "nudis" by Friends of Fitzgerald…

    • Nudibranchs on Facebook by: admin

      February 7, 2013, 05:38

      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…

    • Hermissenda Nudibranch from Pillar Point Harbor by: tydpoolz

      January 24, 2011, 09:12

      Volunteer naturalist Julie B. Walters spent part of her weekend helping our new class of volunteers learn about the inhabitants of the floating docks in Pillar…

    • Hopkins Rose Nudibranch by: tydpoolz

      December 27, 2010, 15:48

      FFMR volunteer naturalist Mary DeLong reports: On December 2 I led a walk with fellow volunteer naturalist Bill Gomez. We were with Nan Ho and  her her…

    • Sea Lemon Nudibranch by: tydpoolz

      December 7, 2010, 06:38

      Hundreds of visitors braved the chilly and rainy weather this past weekend (December 4th and 5th, 2010) and were rewarded with many beautiful sights,…

  • Category: octopus  (4)
  • Category: people  (5)
    • 2011 Bob Breen Scholarships Awarded by: tydpoolz

      June 1, 2011, 09:15

      At the end of every school year, the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve award the Bob Breen Scholarship to a graduating Half Moon Bay High School senior…

    • What Naturalists Do by: tydpoolz

      June 15, 2011, 06:00

      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 Blue-ribbon Fourth of July by: tydpoolz

      July 5, 2011, 10:35

      This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay's holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST…

    • New TV Show: "Your Sanctuary" by: tydpoolz

      November 2, 2011, 06:53

      NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television…

    • Where Harbor Seals Rule by: tydpoolz

      November 30, 2011, 06:00

      At FMR, the relatively small (under 150 lbs) and shy harbor seals rule the beach when they come ashore to rest during low tides. Due to their federally…

  • Category: policy  (2)
    • National Marine Sanctuary Expansion by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:12

      Review the plan to expand our National Marine Sanctuaries - see http://www.sanctuaryexpansion.org/ The expansion of our National Marine Sanctuaries…

    • Review San Mateo Parks Strategic Plan by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:09

      Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is one of a number of county parks included in  the San Mateo County Parks Draft Strategic Plan, now available for review…

  • Category: science  (17)

    Scientific explanations of tidepool- and ocean-related topics.

    • Whale Sightings Website by: admin

      April 25, 2012, 12:35

      The learner.org website records whale sightings, including sightings of our local gray whales.  Several areas of this website could be a  good resource for…

    • Wonderful Explanation of Tides by: tydpoolz

      December 16, 2010, 06:00

      Returning visitors often ask why the tide isn't the same as it was when they were last at FMR a week, a month, or a year ago. The short answer is that tides…

    • Saving Sharks by: tydpoolz

      February 22, 2011, 22:15

      You won't find sharks in the tidepools at FMR, but as top predators they are important to the overall health of the oceans. And, like so many denizens of the…

    • Five Gyres by: tydpoolz

      April 6, 2011, 06:00

      This post is part of our Earth-Day-inspired April series about marine debris and pollution. You’ve probably seen or heard media reports about the…

    • Learning from Trash by: tydpoolz

      April 20, 2011, 06:30

      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:…

    • Oystercatcher with Leg Bands at FMR by: tydpoolz

      May 9, 2011, 14:58

      Ranger Sarah reports: There has been a banded black oystercatcher hanging out at FMR foraging with the other oystercatchers. I was able to get a photo…

    • Tsunami Debris to Reach US West Coast in 3 Years by: tydpoolz

      May 18, 2011, 06:00

      Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have used modeling software to predict when and where debris will come ashore from the tsunami that struck…

    • What Naturalists Do by: tydpoolz

      June 15, 2011, 06:00

      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…

    • The Science Behind FMR's Foggy Summer Days by: tydpoolz

      August 12, 2011, 07:35

      Summer visitors to the reserve are often surprised to find thick, cold fog clinging to the coast. The Quest blog has a nice explanation of how fog is created…

    • Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts Sonoma Coast Abalone by: tydpoolz

      October 26, 2011, 06:00

      A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), known more popularly as a Red Tide, invaded the Sonoma Coast in September and wrought havoc on the abalone population. HABs have…

    • Tracking Productivity in a National Marine Sanctuary by: tydpoolz

      October 19, 2011, 06:00

      Around the world NOAA scientists spend a lot of time out on the water, taking samples that help them monitor ocean health. We have two of the United…

    • New TV Show: "Your Sanctuary" by: tydpoolz

      November 2, 2011, 06:53

      NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television…

    • Researchers Study Jellies to Understand Global Ocean Changes  by: tydpoolz

      November 9, 2011, 06:00

      Marine habitats around the world are undergoing changes caused by a variety of sources ranging from natural disasters to agricultural runoff. Marine creatures…

    • Climate Change Effects at FMR by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2011, 05:26

      Retired FMR Supervising Ranger Bob Breen is one of the experts interviewed in a short news segment about climate change impacts in the bay area. Bob walks…

    • The Physics of Maverick's by: tydpoolz

      December 23, 2011, 10:37

      One of the reserve's closest neighbors is the world-famous surf spot called Mavericks. Surfline.com has a fascinating feature article about how wind,…

    • The Sand Underfoot by: tydpoolz

      January 4, 2012, 09:01

      Compared to the sculpted, fractured, and life-laden rocks of the intertidal at FMR, the sand you walk on to get to them may seem pretty boring. Maybe the KQED…

    • What Ship Is That? by: tydpoolz

      February 8, 2012, 08:43

      When you gaze at the ocean from the beach or bluffs of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, you often can spot large ships and smaller boats just offshore. Check out…

  • Category: sea life  (28)
    • Creature Feature: Another Nudi by: admin

      August 13, 2010, 02:28

      This is another nudibranch, commonly called a sea lemon (Anisodoris nobilis). Nudibranchs are mollusks but lack shells like their distant relatives the turban…

    • Creature Feature: Nudibranchs by: admin

      August 12, 2010, 13:36

      This is a nudibranch or "sea slug" commonly called the ringed dorid (Diaulula sandiegensis). Nudibranchs, fondly referred to as "nudis" by Friends of Fitzgerald…

    • Whale Sightings Website by: admin

      April 25, 2012, 12:35

      The learner.org website records whale sightings, including sightings of our local gray whales.  Several areas of this website could be a  good resource for…

    • Octopus Becomes Invisible in 24 Seconds! by: admin

      June 20, 2012, 06:47

      Amazing video of an octopus making itself invisible in just 24 seconds.

    • Local Talent: Red Octopus at FFMR Tidepools by: admin

      June 23, 2012, 16:25

      Cool video of a red octopus crawling from one tidepool to another at the Reserve. Video contributed by a visitor on May 14, 2012. Click the image to play…

    • Ocean Film Festival March 7-10 by: admin

      February 22, 2013, 07:23

      This year is the 10th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival March 7 – 10, 2013 For details and to buy tickets:…

    • Sea Lemon Nudibranch by: tydpoolz

      December 7, 2010, 06:38

      Hundreds of visitors braved the chilly and rainy weather this past weekend (December 4th and 5th, 2010) and were rewarded with many beautiful sights,…

    • The Swimming Scallop by: tydpoolz

      December 4, 2010, 17:10

      A few summers ago I was exploring the tidepools with a group of Junior Rangers when I came across a rock scallop (Crassedoma giganteum). The scallop was…

    • Tinsel the Rescued Harbor Seal by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2010, 23:44

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: On Monday Dec. 6, 2010, I noticed one adult harbor seal remained hauled out on the beach after the rest of the group moved…

    • Hopkins Rose Nudibranch by: tydpoolz

      December 27, 2010, 15:48

      FFMR volunteer naturalist Mary DeLong reports: On December 2 I led a walk with fellow volunteer naturalist Bill Gomez. We were with Nan Ho and  her her…

    • Octopus a Night Tidepooling Highlight by: tydpoolz

      December 30, 2010, 22:43

      During our annual night tidepooling excursion last week, visitors and volunteers saw nudibranchs, a sunflower star, and a huge number of very active kelp…

    • What Makes the Small Holes in the Rock? by: tydpoolz

      January 8, 2011, 11:00

      In some areas, the soft sedimentary rock that forms the intertidal reef at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is riddled with holes. One of the animals responsible…

    • Ochre Sea Stars by: tydpoolz

      January 19, 2011, 08:28

      Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) are a common sight at FMR, but they are always a hit with visitors, perhaps because of their beautiful colors. Usually…

    • Hermissenda Nudibranch from Pillar Point Harbor by: tydpoolz

      January 24, 2011, 09:12

      Volunteer naturalist Julie B. Walters spent part of her weekend helping our new class of volunteers learn about the inhabitants of the floating docks in Pillar…

    • Tug-of-War with an Octopus! by: tydpoolz

      February 3, 2011, 15:01

      Volunteer naturalist Linda Barre reports: The other day, the high school students I was leading on a tidepool tour found a red octopus in a surge…

    • What’s all that pink stuff? by: tydpoolz

      February 8, 2011, 22:31

      The color pink abounds in the tidepools. Much of it is coralline algae, a type of red algae that flourishes in marine environments around the world. Cora…

    • Amazing View of a Bat Star’s Stomach by: tydpoolz

      February 10, 2011, 16:17

      During a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was treated to the remarkable sight of a bat star’s (Asterina miniata) stomach in action! On display in…

    • Saving Sharks by: tydpoolz

      February 22, 2011, 22:15

      You won't find sharks in the tidepools at FMR, but as top predators they are important to the overall health of the oceans. And, like so many denizens of the…

    • Harbor Seal Counts Have Begun by: tydpoolz

      March 16, 2011, 06:00

      During pupping season, Ranger Sarah Lenz does periodic visual counts of the harbor seals resting in the reserve at or near low tide and submits the data to…

    • FMR in National Geographic Magazine by: tydpoolz

      May 23, 2011, 10:18

      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…

    • Birth of a Sea Otter by: tydpoolz

      September 7, 2011, 06:00

      Editor's Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter's…

    • Monitoring Marine Protected Areas by: tydpoolz

      October 1, 2011, 07:18

      Fitzgerald Marine Reserve lies at the heart of a larger Marine Protected Area (MPA), Montara State Marine Reserve, which was established on May 1, 2010. Click…

    • Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts Sonoma Coast Abalone by: tydpoolz

      October 26, 2011, 06:00

      A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), known more popularly as a Red Tide, invaded the Sonoma Coast in September and wrought havoc on the abalone population. HABs have…

    • California Bans Shark Fin Trade by: tydpoolz

      October 12, 2011, 06:00

      California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill prohibiting possession and sale of shark fins in the state. The law is part of an international…

    • New TV Show: "Your Sanctuary" by: tydpoolz

      November 2, 2011, 06:53

      NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) Public Television have collaborated to produce a new 52-episode television…

    • Researchers Study Jellies to Understand Global Ocean Changes  by: tydpoolz

      November 9, 2011, 06:00

      Marine habitats around the world are undergoing changes caused by a variety of sources ranging from natural disasters to agricultural runoff. Marine creatures…

    • Climate Change Effects at FMR by: tydpoolz

      December 14, 2011, 05:26

      Retired FMR Supervising Ranger Bob Breen is one of the experts interviewed in a short news segment about climate change impacts in the bay area. Bob walks…

    • Agencies and Public Cooperate to Protect Resources in MPAs  by: tydpoolz

      January 18, 2012, 11:31

      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…

  • Category: sea otter  (4)
    • Birth of a Sea Otter by: tydpoolz

      September 7, 2011, 06:00

      Editor's Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter's…

    • Monterey Bay Aquarium is Sea Otter Central! by: tydpoolz

      September 14, 2011, 13:45

      Editor's Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter's…

    • Taking Action to Help Sea Otters by: tydpoolz

      September 21, 2011, 10:38

      Editor’s Note: Blog posts in September 2011 highlight online resources to help you learn more about sea otters, the subject of our most recent newsletter’s…

    • Pulling the Plug on the "No Otter Zone" by: tydpoolz

      September 28, 2011, 06:00

      In the 1980s, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) began a grand experiment called the "Sea Otter Management Zone." The zone, which extended from Point…

  • Category: sea star  (4)
    • Stars of the Reef by: admin

      January 9, 2013, 07:39

    • Amazing View of a Bat Star’s Stomach by: tydpoolz

      February 10, 2011, 16:17

      During a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was treated to the remarkable sight of a bat star’s (Asterina miniata) stomach in action! On display in…

    • Ochre Sea Stars by: tydpoolz

      January 19, 2011, 08:28

      Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) are a common sight at FMR, but they are always a hit with visitors, perhaps because of their beautiful colors. Usually…

    • Where the Stars Come Out During the Day by: tydpoolz

      December 7, 2011, 06:00

      Thanksgiving weekend 2011 brought thousands of visitors to FMR, and they were all treated to some daytime "star gazing" in the form of the many sea stars that…

  • Category: Slider  (1)
  • Category: tides  (1)
    • Wonderful Explanation of Tides by: tydpoolz

      December 16, 2010, 06:00

      Returning visitors often ask why the tide isn't the same as it was when they were last at FMR a week, a month, or a year ago. The short answer is that tides…

  • Category: Uncategorized  (6)
    • Local Talent: Red Octopus at FFMR Tidepools by: admin

      June 23, 2012, 16:25

      Cool video of a red octopus crawling from one tidepool to another at the Reserve. Video contributed by a visitor on May 14, 2012. Click the image to play…

    • March, 2013 - Spring Issue of "Between the Tides"! by: admin

      March 23, 2013, 09:10

      The March, 2013 issue of FFMR's newsletter "Between the Tides" is now available! Articles include a first-hand account of an encounter with the blue-eyed kelp…

    • New Guide to the Rocky Intertidal by: admin

      March 23, 2013, 15:09

      The LiMPETS program has published its Rocky Intertidal Field Guide for 2012, funded by the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.  The photos in the guide are…

    • What’s That Tower?  by: tydpoolz

      December 9, 2010, 09:00

      What’s the concrete tower that projects above the surface of the water at the edge of the reef at Seal Cove? This storm-battered bastion is a relic of…

    • San Vicente Creek Is Roaring by: tydpoolz

      December 20, 2010, 23:10

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: UPDATE 12/27/2010: The erosion of the banks of San Vicente Creek was not as bad as first believed! After reassessing the…

    • The reserve is beautiful in any weather by: tydpoolz

      February 17, 2011, 11:52

      In cold, wet, blustery, wintry weather, it’s tempting to curl up on the couch and lose yourself in TV or the Internet. Here’s a nice quote about cycles and…

  • Category: Volunteers  (6)
    • Volunteer Naturalist Training January-March, 2013 by: admin

      September 14, 2012, 21:14

      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…

    • Nudibranchs on Facebook by: admin

      February 7, 2013, 05:38

      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…

    • Tsunami Enlivens Graduation Day for Volunteer Naturalists by: tydpoolz

      March 23, 2011, 07:34

      Long-time volunteer naturalist and Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve board member Linda Ciotti coordinates our annual volunteer training class. Here's her…

    • A Blue-ribbon Fourth of July by: tydpoolz

      July 5, 2011, 10:35

      This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay's holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST…

    • Where Harbor Seals Rule by: tydpoolz

      November 30, 2011, 06:00

      At FMR, the relatively small (under 150 lbs) and shy harbor seals rule the beach when they come ashore to rest during low tides. Due to their federally…

    • Agencies and Public Cooperate to Protect Resources in MPAs  by: tydpoolz

      January 18, 2012, 11:31

      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…

  • Category: weather  (1)
  • Category: whales  (1)
    • Whale Sightings Website by: admin

      April 25, 2012, 12:35

      The learner.org website records whale sightings, including sightings of our local gray whales.  Several areas of this website could be a  good resource for…

  • Category: worth 1000 words  (5)

    Not much text in these entries, since a picture is worth 1000 words…

    • Seal Cove Sunset by: tydpoolz

      December 7, 2010, 18:48

      An early December sunset as viewed from the beach near the bottom of the Seal Cove Stairs.

    • Hermissenda Nudibranch from Pillar Point Harbor by: tydpoolz

      January 24, 2011, 09:12

      Volunteer naturalist Julie B. Walters spent part of her weekend helping our new class of volunteers learn about the inhabitants of the floating docks in Pillar…

    • Soaking Up the Sun by: tydpoolz

      February 9, 2011, 09:34

      Ranger Sarah Lenz reports: This juvenile red tail hawk had just finished a quick bath in San Vicente Creek and was drying its wings on the fence post…

    • A Blue-ribbon Fourth of July by: tydpoolz

      July 5, 2011, 10:35

      This year the creativity of the volunteers from Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve who walked in Half Moon Bay's holiday parade was rewarded with a FIRST…

    • Sunset in Seal Cove by: tydpoolz

      December 5, 2011, 10:53

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