Carlo Arreglo

Shutdown Over (for at least 3 weeks)

Remember the halycon training days of December? Who knew that we were barreling towards the longest shutdown in U.S. history? Well, it seems we are slowly ramping up to full, standard operations and the Winter Wildlife season will commence next weekend. Please check your scheduled dates! I’ll be getting up to speed this week and get the latest count on e seals for you.  All of the logistics will be worked on this week and I’ll be in touch via…

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Elephant Seal Diet Re-examined, Whale Earwax, and a Birthday!

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “What do elephant seals eat?” and squid is often at the top of the list. But some new research challenges this belief! If you haven’t voraciously sucked up the article yet, like the way an elephant seal sucks up its prey, read “Energy-Rich Mesopelagic Fishes Revealed as a Critical Prey Resource for a Deep-Diving Predator Using Quantitative Fatty Acid Signature Analysis”! Thanks to Sarah Codde for bringing this to my…

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Welcome new crew members to the Winter Wildlife Docent Program!

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…

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New Docent Training this Weekend

  2018-19 WINTER WILDLIFE NEW DOCENT TRAINING AGENDA November 10 Saturday, Red Barn Classroom by the Bear Valley Visitor Area  8:00am – 9:00am– Check in, coffee/tea mingle. Complete NPS volunteer forms. 9:00am – 11:00am – “Whales 101.” Sarah Allen, Ph.D. Science Program Lead, Pacific West Region, National Park Service. 11:00am – 11:15am – Break 11:15am – noon – “Winter Wildlife Overview 101.” Carlo Arreglo, Park Ranger – Winter Wildlife Program Manager and Sean Pickton, Lead Winter Wildlife Docent. Noon –…

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The Ken Patrick Crew!

Along with your valuable work as Winter Wildlife docents, there is a partner operation staffed by a hardy crew at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center. They not only sell the tickets that get people onto the shuttles and into your hands at Whales and E seals but they often give visitors their initial glimpse into the world of gray whales and e seals. And they will back you up should you need it! So please get into the KPVC when…

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Wild Winds Can’t Keep Docents Down During President’s Day Weekend!

The howling 60+mph winds made whalewatching difficult (thanks to Karen and Drew for spotting the 7 seen today!) but visitors were treated to docent-led whale programs on Saturday by Frank and by Marta today. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge! Frank captivated people with stories about kayaking with whales surfacing so close to him that he could reach out and infest himself with lice. 😉 Marta had a packed house in the NOAA section of the lighthouse visitor…

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Tribute to a Fallen Comrade

Docents, It is with deep regret that I report the retirement of the e seal wagon. This sturdy comrade was a steady presence for, regretfully, two or three short seasons before suffering catastrophic failure on its way back from the e seal overlook yesterday. As you can see, it suffered a remarkable collapse at a critical welded joint. Thankfully, Sean was with it in its last moments and brought it back to the lighthouse office where we will soon bid…

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Sterling Kicks off the Whale Program!

It was fitting that Sterling, a charter volunteer of Winter Wildlife, became the first docent this season to take up the Journey of the Whales program.  Being a humble man, he will tell you it turned out OK but from what I saw, he crushed it. Over thirty visitors gained a new appreciation for Eschrichtius robustus, its life cycle, its habits, and its challenges. His professionalism, knowledge, and wry humor was on full display and visitors were all the more…

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Dec. 16 Training Agenda

2017-18 WINTER WILDLIFE ALL DOCENT TRAINING AGENDA, POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE December 16 Saturday, Red Barn by the Bear Valley Visitor Area 8:00am – 8:30- Check in, coffee/tea mingle. 8:30am – 10:00am Introductions and Housekeeping. Carlo Arreglo, Park Ranger and Winter Wildlife Program Manager. Sean Pickton, Winter Wildlife Lead Docent. 10:00am – 11:00am  “Dead whales do tell tales.” Moe Flannery, Ornithology and Mammalogy,  Collection Manager,  California Academy of Sciences. 11:00am – noon. “Who Let the Dogs In.” Laurie Monserrat.  ”Service…

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