We have sixteen(ish) new docents joining the Winter Wildlife Docent program this year. These folks bring with them experience from other areas of Point Reyes National Seashore and from Ano Nuevo. A number of the docents also bring with them a great deal of professional education experience. The knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm that was displayed during our training was awesome.

We had a spectacular weekend out at the Lifeboat Station. On Friday afternoon, I arrived just as the lifeboat was being pulled out of the water. A short while later, several of us were able to see the Marine Mammal Center release a California sea lion and a northern fur seal. On Saturday, after a Whales 101 presentation, we were able to spend time out at the lighthouse observation platform with Sara Allen. It was sunny, warm and the water was quite calm. The whales even cooperated and we had several sightings. Sunday was a bit cooler, but still a great day for learning. In addition to classroom session on National Marine Sanctuaries, elephant seals and climate change, the group was able to spend lots of time out at the overlook with Sarah Codde.

We’ll get the presentations sent out in a week or so. A huge thanks to the new WW docents, the VIPs from the Bear Valley VC, the returning docents AND the speakers for all contributing to a great weekend.