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You can get involved and help with very important work in the Monterey Bay
“And so the effort must and shall go on. Though the task will never be ended we must engage in it with a patience that refuses to be turned aside, with determination to overcome obstacles, and with pride that it is our privilege to contribute.”

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring.

There are some very good ways to become constructively involved with the exciting work of marine life study, and Monterey Bay habitat protection.

We will link you to some of them. If you have questions, comments, or want to make suggestions, please send us a message at:

Right Now! It's Bird Feeding Season, and the SPCA Wildlife Center needs help. Click for details
SNOWY PLOVER volunteers needed: Monitors are needed at local beaches, north and south bay, to help protect snowy plover nests. These endangered dune-nesting birds are threatened by beachgoers, unaware that they and their dogs are causing the adult birds to abandon their nests and killing their tiny chicks.

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Notice: Sad and disturbing, but true, this volunteer program will not happen in 2002 because of the California state budget shortfall!

Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, has superb Docent-Naturalist opportunities.

Classes for tour leaders in the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary begin Wednesday, Sept. 24 and continue Wednesday evenings and Saturdays through October 22.

They can train you to be, also: Visitor Center Host, Gardner, Aquarium Caretaker, and Outreach Speaker. E-Mail Martha Nitzberg, Park Interpretive Specialist:

A Friends of the Elephant Seals docent points shows visitor how the seals cavort in the surf at Piedras Blancas. To learn about the docent program, and how you can volunteer with this valuable progarm email: Volunteer

Wildlands Restoration
Join the volunteer team in the Santa Cruz Mountains to restore native habitats. The critical work does noble combat with the coastal ranges’ most formidable enemy: Non native invasive plants. Call 831 423 2801

Visit the Wild Work website

3 Year Round Central Coast Volunteer Positions

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks needs help in several categories. In their office, which is located at the Mission Santa Cruz, Melodie Milhoan needs an assistant. In their and at a few of the interpretive centers/park stores at coastal state parks. Call her at 831 429 1840, or email at: <>

Friends of the Sea Otters need help at their office on Cannery Row. Call Ester Trosow at 831 642 903 – or, email her at <>

and Sea Otter Spotters are needed.

Friends of the Elephant Seal in San Simeon. Jutta Jacobs says she can use help. Her number is 805 924 1628, and her email is <>.

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• • •The new Moss Landing Marine Laboratory (right) is on the old Salinas River channel, now a slough, in Moss Landing. Unbelievably, it was built on an Indian burial ground, and houses scientists who receive pay from Duke Energy.

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