Interpretation & Community Science
California Marine Sanctuary Foundation recognizes that through collaboration and partnerships, great goals can be achieved. As part of CMSF's engagement strategy, programs are focused on collecting critical data and protecting important species while strengthening partnerships with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (MBNMSF), Monterey Stormwater Education Alliance (Monterey SEA), Coastal Quest, Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and local cities.
Marine wildlife are plentiful and easily seen in Monterey Bay. It is a nature lover's paradise. However, many visitors are unaware that close encounters with sensitive wildlife, such as seals, sea otters, and birds, cause disturbances that are problematic for marine life.
CMSF, in partnership with MBNMS and MBNMSF, supports the Team OCEAN Kayaker Outreach Program, a team of dedicated on-the-water volunteer docents that foster an understanding and appreciation for the California coast among visitors, documenting disturbances, while promoting respectful wildlife viewing and protecting marine life from human disturbance.
For information on volunteering for Team OCEAN, contact: Info@Californiamsf.org
Monterey Bay is a nature lover's paradise where marine wildlife is plentiful and easily seen. However, many visitors are unaware that close encounters with sensitive wildlife such as seals, sea otters, and birds, cause disturbances that are problematic for marine life. Animals can become less fearful of humans and pass
on diseases, young seals or otter pups can be abandoned by their mothers if humans approach too closely, or pets can be fatally harmed if they come into contact with marine wildlife.
CMSF, in partnership with MBNMS and MBNMSF, supports the Bay Net Shoreline Naturalist Program, a team of dedicated volunteer docents that foster an understanding and appreciation for the California coast among visitors, while promoting respectful wildlife viewing and protecting marine life from human disturbance.
For information on volunteering for Bay Net, contact Info@Californiamsf.org
Bringing marine wildlife into California classrooms, CMSF partners with MBNMSF to conduct on-the-water lessons for K-7th grade students that join educators in real time through cell enabled iPads on kayaks . Students are able to see marine wildlife in their natural habitats while also learning via Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-linked lessons on marine wildlife adaptations, local food webs and habitats of Elkhorn Slough and kelp forests.
For more information please email: Info@Californiamsf.org
Volunteer Urban Runoff Monitoring
To protect California's watersheds, CMSF partners with MBNMS to implement urban runoff monitoring, effectiveness monitoring, and Illicit Discharge and Detection Elimination (IDDE) monitoring.
Four programs (First Flush, Urban Watch, Snapshot Day, and IDDE) utilize trained volunteers to collect high quality data used by resource managers. Volunteers are trained online and provided opportunities to practice skills in the field before collecting data utilized by local agencies, municipalities, and MBNMS. Programs and volunteer trainings occur between April and October.