Happy Friday Docents, we’re beyond the midpoint in the season and there have been lots of changes to our process at Drakes. I thought that it would be worth a quick post on WWD activities at Drakes Beach. A HUGE thanks to those of your that have spent time at Drakes over the last month. Law enforcement rangers and Sarah Codde are quite appreciative. Our efforts here are are making a huge difference. The below bullets, should answer a few questions that have been asked, as well as act as a reminder to others regarding our processes.

  • Remember our morning meeting now begins at 930a at Drakes Beach!!
  • We are currently deploying 5-7 docents at Drakes and are doing so at the expense of all other locations. We’ll reduce the number of docents deployed here after March 15th.
  • We are checking in/out with 799 from Drakes. I review these procedures in the 930a meeting.
  • Docents are being stationed on the beach near male seals, at the closure, up at the Peter Behr overlook, and near the trails that lead to the beach.
  • At the closure – please don’t place any pin flags across the closure. At the end of the day, we’ve had issues with visitors think that the removal of the pin flags somehow signals that the beach is open. On weekends we’re looking to have a docent stationed at the closure until 545p, which is when the last bus arrives at Drakes. Any docent willing to do this would have a shift that goes from 12p-545p, instead of 930a-430p. Please let me know if you are interested in this shift.
  • Peter Behr overlook – when stationed here, docents should: 1) remind visitors that there is no beach access from the bluffs (because of the closure), and 2) tell visitors that the bluffs are unstable and that they should not go near the edge. That said, the bluffs are part of the park and we CANNOT prohibit visitors from wandering on the bluffs.
  • Placing pin-flags around seals – several docents have asked what the proper distance is when placing flags. The answer depends and placing flags will require situational awareness and judgement by the docents.
    • If the male is active, I would not place any pin flags.
    • If the male is not at all active, I would place pin flags 30ish feet away. Think about this as the equivalent of ten strides.
    • If the male is on a narrow part of the beach, pin flags should not be placed such that a section of the (open) beach is inadvertently closed off because of the pin flags. Remember, we do not have the authority to close any section of the park.