This past weekend was a great success but, first, please keep fellow docents and all members of your communities in your thoughts as fires continue to rage throughout California. Stay safe!

On Saturday, ten new docents, along with fifteen returning docents, were treated to the usual brilliance of Sarah Allen and Sarah Codde. They delivered Whales 101 and Elephant Seals 101 presentations, respectively.  On Sunday, new docents spent time in the field with Sean and me (btw, YAY!, Sean is returning as lead!) and we all got lucky with some amazing sightings of raptors harassing sanderlings, juv and yearling e seals, and tule elk. New docents got to see 2 dog contacts at Drakes and 1 at the LH parking lot. We did two After Actions to discuss the contacts and best practices with dogs (education, calm and friendly demeanor, provide options).

It was very cool to see new docents apply what they learned! While at the LH parking lot, one docent spotted two whale spouts and another correctly ID’d them as humpbacks. While at the e seal overlook, another new docent dove right in and started contacting visitors while another one scoped the beach and found an SA2!

Needless to say, we are super happy to have you aboard and we look forward to a great season!