Meet the Docents

There are 70 Winter Wildlife Docents for the 2018/2019 season. 

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CARLO ARREGLO
NPS Interpretive Park Ranger
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Carlo grew up in Chicago and was a grad student at UC Berkeley English before discovering his passion for parks, nature, and education. He's especially interested in getting new audiences and communities to their parks. Before Point Reyes, Carlo made stops at Pinnacles National Park and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Carlo has lived in Japan and Hawai'i and he is also an avid birder, foodie, traveler, and reader.
SEAN P.
2018/2019 Lead Winter Wildlife Docent
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Sean has a passion for wilderness, wildlife and conservation. He came to Point Reyes National Seashore, several years ago, after a career in technology. This will be his third season with the Winter Wildlife Docent program, though as a volunteer, he has been active across a number of areas within the Park. He has worked with Interpretation, Trails, Visitor and Resource Protection, the Science Division and as a seasonal ranger at Channel Islands National Park. He is a Wilderness First Responder.
STACY HAYDEN
Winter Wildlife Docent - 3 years
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Stacy is a certified California Naturalist and a certified Great White Shark / Farallon Islands Naturalist. She works as a crew member with Great White Shark Adventures. She is also a Public Information Officer with the Delta Protection Commission and is the webmaster for this website. When she isn't working or volunteering she loves traveling, wildlife photography, and good food.
JEFFRY WILKINSON
Winter Widlife Docent - 11 years
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I have been a docent in the Winter Wildlife Program for 10 years, and a docent for the Snowy Plovers for 10 years. I am very interested in birds. I have taken children birding with Golden Gate Audubon for 11 years, and have taken children birding with the Summer Camp at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes for the last three years. I received Volunteer of the Year from Point Reyes National Seashore in 2011 and the Education Award from Golden Gate Audubon in 2010.
JO WILSON
Winter Widlife Docent - 16 years
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I have been a WW Docent since 2003 (I took 2004 off to go to Antarctica), so this is my 15th year. Other relevant volunteer activities include Waterbird Docent at Alcatraz from 2008 to present and I was a Tule elk and Snowy plover docent during the mid 2000s. I am also a Board member of Travis Audubon Society, Austin TX since 2010. I can identify most/all of the local PORE winter birds, and I do some wildlife photography. My spouse and I have traveled to all 7 continents and love exploring new places. This year we are going to Spain, Morocco, and Southern Africa.
FRANK BINNEY
Winter Widlife Docent - 17 years
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Frank has been helping people make personal connections to Point Reyes National Seashore since 1996. As a professional interpretive planner, he has helped enhance visitor experiences at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mount St Helens and numerous other parks. Frank is the author of Point Reyes and the San Andreas Fault Zone: The Aerial Photography of Robert Campbell. He was honored as Point Reyes National Seashore Volunteer of the Year in 2003 for his help with tule elk monitoring and snowy plover protection.
PEGGY MCCUTCHEON
Winter Widlife Docent - 16 years
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I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been living in Sonoma County for 16 years. Volunteering in the park is such an enrichment to my life. I've been able to experience amazing wildlife activity, enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow docents, and meet visitors from all over the world. It is very rewarding to know that by educating the public, especially children, I am doing my part to help conserve this important resource. Being out at Point Reyes is very grounding for me. I love spending wild and windy winters days at out there. When ever I am in the park, I feel as if I've come home. In the off season I volunteer at the Point Reyes National Sea Shores Morgan Horse Ranch. I help feed and care for the horses that work and live in the park. Come see me sometime!
STERLING HADA
Winter Widlife Docent - 23 years
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I’ve been a Winter Wildlife Docent for 22 years. I’ve also been involved with the Harbor Seal Monitoring Program, the Western Snowy Plover Program, and the Native Seed Collection Program. Prior to PORE, I was a volunteer at Año Nuevo State Park for eight years. I’m something of a polymath, with advanced degrees in Marine Biology and English Literature. I love to read, hike and bike long distances. This past summer, I fulfilled a dream and walked the Coast the Coast in England, traveling the width of England, passing through the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales, and the Lake District.
JOHN BLAIR
Winter Widlife Docent - 4 years
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Three years Tule Elk docent. Three years Winter Wildlife docent. Two years Wildlife Biologist USFWS studying Peregrine Falcon in Sonoma Co. Five seasons as a Backcountry Ranger Canyonlands National Park (Maze district). Bachelor degree in Biology from Sonoma State University. Being a Docent has brought me so much joy these past three years! It has been a journey of re-discovery of a part of my life that was placed on hold for too many years. I cannot decide what brings me more joy; the pearls that Nature reveals or seeing the reaction on people's faces as they discover the wonders of Pt Reyes NS. I look forward to many more years volunteering with the National Park Service.
RICHARD C. FERRIS
Winter Widlife Docent - 17 years
Since retiring in 2002, I have been spending most of my time volunteering in outdoor activities. I started as an animal care and rescue volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center, and continue that activity to this day. The Marine Mammal Center made the segue to the Point Reyes Winter Wildlife program easy. Subsequently I also joined the Harbor Seal Monitoring and Tule Elk Docent Programs at Point Reyes, the Hawk Watch program at GGRO, and the Beach Watch program at Gulf of the Farallones, and added the Alcatraz Water Bird Docent program to my activities in 2007. With grandchildren in Houston, and France, and my bi-annual Earth Watch trips to Africa, I have had to cut back on some of these programs in the last few years and currently only do Winter Wildlife, Beach Watch, Alcatraz, and The Marine Mammal Center.I love the Northern Elephant Seal, and sharing my interest, passion and what little knowledge I have, with the many visitors to our national treasure, Point Reyes.
AMY LOEWEN
Winter Widlife Docent - 3 years
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Amy explores the park every chance she gets. She's a big fan of birds, marine mammals, insects, and mushrooms, and is trying to expand her knowledge to the plant kingdom as well. When she's not tromping on trails or gazing out at the ocean, she's either in the community college classroom teaching ESL, or in Japan working on an expedition ship as a cultural specialist. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for the natural world and is excited to be back at Point Reyes for another docent season.
RUDI DUNDAS
Winter Widlife Docent - 10 years
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Photographer, Nature Girl, Road Warrior. I have been a docent for nine years. It all started when I was working on a photo project about species that have recovered from near extinction and fell in love with Elephant Seals. Photographing the Seals over several years, I met the PRNS Winter Wildlife docents and decided to join! I now live in Forest Knolls in West Marin and when not hiking or docenting at Point Reyes, you can find me traipsing around the Western States in my tiny Airstream Trailer.
RON BRUNO
Winter Widlife Docent - 2 years
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Ron is hauling out for his second year in the program. In addition to being a WW Docent he is also a regular volunteer at Kule Loklo. When not at PORE National Seashore he is a dedicated volunteer steward for Ring Mountain, a Marin County Open Space in Corte Madera that preserves both endangered unique flora and ancient pre-Miwok petroglyphs. Other Marin citizen/naturalist interests include native plant restoration on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon and various One Tam preservation projects.
JIM STRUSAKER
Winter Widlife Docent - 2 years
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This is my first year as a docent. I am new to the area as my wife (who is also a first year docent) and I moved to Marin County from Hawaii's Big Island in 2017. This is an area of great natural beauty, and I am excited to have the opportunity to spend time at Pt Reyes and interact with park visitors. I recently retired from an aviation career; I was an Air Force pilot and then an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. My wife and I are avid scuba divers and amateur wildlife photographers, and we enjoy traveling the world together. In 2018, we plan to scuba dive in Mexico and Bonaire and hike in Peru.
HANNAH ROULEY
Winter Widlife Docent - 9 years
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Hannah currently lives in Petaluma, but is originally from the east San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her bachelors in English and Medieval Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches humanities and logic at Harvest Christian School in Petaluma. In her free time, she reads, bakes, hikes, and plays card and board games with her boyfriend, Luke. Her favorite food likely has avocados, and her favorite books are the Harry Potter series, Beowulf, and C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces.
GEORGIA STRUHSAKER
Winter Widlife Docent - 2 years
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I grew up in California, and I spent as much time as I could in or near the ocean. I saw harbor seals and sea lions, but no sea otters or elephant seals. When I got older, I learned that we hunted the otters and the elephant seals and many other marine species to near extinction. I am profoundly grateful that these amazing species are rebounding. Working at Pt Reyes as a winter wildlife docent lets me spend time enjoying the elephant seals and the whales and sharing my passion for them with park visitors. I am also an animal care volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands. My husband (who is also a first year docent) and I are avid scuba divers and amateur wildlife photographers, and we enjoy traveling the world together. In 2018, we plan to scuba dive in Mexico and Bonaire and hike in Peru.
ALLISON CULVER
Winter Widlife Docent - 1st year
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Hello, my name is Allison. I am currently a student at San Francisco State University, majoring in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation. With my degree, I would like to work in Outdoor Recreation and/or Environmental Conservation. I am a California Native, I grew up on the Central Coast spending a lot of time outside.
SETH ROSEN
Winter Widlife Docent - 1st year
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Seth Rosen, his wife and family revel in the wilderness, water and wildlife of the Point Reyes National Seashore and West Marin. An avid hiker, Seth has walked every trail in the Seashore with his wife – twice! They were fortunate to be kayaking in Tomales Bay some years back when they were joined by a juvenile Gray Whale -- a friendly whale indeed! Seth is committed to maintaining and enhancing the Point Reyes National Seashore, its unique character, and its use and enjoyment by the public and serves on the Board of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA).
NIKKI MUENCH
Winter Widlife Docent - 1 year
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Nikki combines her love of the outdoors and a passion for teaching in her full time job as a K-12 environmental educator. She has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and marine biology from UC Santa Cruz and a master's degree in environmental education and program evaluation from the University of Michigan, and has worked in a variety of education positions including teaching outdoor education in the Rocky Mountains. She is thrilled to be part of this program, in a place she adores and has been visiting for over 20 years.
Emely Heras
Winter Widlife Docent - 1 year
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Emely is originally from East Los Angeles. Academically, Emely has experience in the public health field, more specifically in health disparities and occupational health. Emely serves on a board for a youth development non-profit in the East Bay. When she is not searching for grants or evaluating public programs, you can find her exploring new museum exhibits or snapping pictures of most vibrant murals in the bay.
Judy Barcelon
Winter Widlife Docent - 1 year
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Nature has always fascinated me and I followed that passion through an enjoyable career in Science Education at Piner High school for 32 years. Now that I am retired, I am excited to be out in the field sharing the biology of Elephant seals with our visitors.