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  • February Trainings, Seminars & Classes
  • 2017 UC California Naturalist Certification Program
  • Annual Events

February Trainings, Seminars & Classes

Marine Mammal Seminar

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, February 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor(s): Dr. Sarah Allen (Marine Ecologist for National Park Service)

Find out about Dr. Allen’s life work and passion! This classroom seminar will cover topics relevant to California’s marine mammals (harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals, and gray whales).

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


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General Sonoma Coast Volunteer Orientation

Fee: FREE
Meets: Saturday, February 4, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor(s): Sonoma Coast State Park Lifeguard, Dr. Sarah Allen, Ph.D. (National Park Service), Phil Warren (Marine Mammal Center), Bill Standley (Bureau of Land Management), Sage Tezak (Seabird Protection Network & NOAA Marine Sanctuaries), Hollis Bewley (Stewards' Seabird & Tidepool Program Coordinator)

This volunteer training is for anyone belonging to a Sonoma Coast volunteer program (Whale Watch, Pinniped Monitoring, Seal Watch, Seabird Monitoring, Tidepool, or Steward Ship), or interested in joining one. Training will include ocean safety, marine mammal/seabird identification, and information about our affiliates at the Marine Mammal Center, California Coastal National Monument, and Seabird Protection Network.

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.


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CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN: Toddler & Pre-K Tidepool Day

Fee: FREE
Meets: Sunday, February 5th, from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM at Shell Beach off Hwy 1
Instructor(s): Stewards Naturalists & Docents

Fun activities for kids! Bring your little ones (18 months - 6 years) out to Shell Beach for a look inside the Steward Ship and a day of tidepooling, puppets, and story time adventures! Low Tide 12:40 PM (+0.3).

Note: Adult supervision/participation is required.

For similar activities, stay tuned for Easter Sunday Kids Low Tide Colorful "Critter" Hunt on April 16!

 


NEW DATE: Bald Eagle Viewing & Photography

Rescheduled from January 22nd

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, February 11, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Jenner Visitor Center
Instructor(s): Joan Bacci (Stewards Docent) and Thomas Reynolds (Photographer)

Join our long-time eagle watchers/photographers for the chance at an early morning glimpse of the bald eagles in Jenner! Joan & Tom will share tips for viewing and photographing these iconic birds (actual sighting not guaranteed). Bring your own binoculars, scope, and camera (if you have them). If not, we will have limited loaner equipment on hand. Rain will cancel.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


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CLASS FULL: UC California Naturalist Certification Course

Fee: $475.95 members, $594.95 non-members (includes tuition & certificate, handbook is $34.95 extra)

Classroom:
February 14, 21, 28

March 7, 14, 28
April 4, 11, 12 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)

Field Trips:
February 12 

April 2 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Locations TBD

Campout:
March 10-12 

Bodega Dunes Campground 

Instructor(s): David Berman (Sonoma County Water Agency), Meghan Walla-Murphy (Ecological Consultant), guest lecturers TBA

This 40+ hour course combines classroom and field experiences. Discussion topics include geology, water, weather, soils, plants, forests, wildlife, interpretation, environmental issues, and citizen science. Students commit to weekly homework assignments and complete a capstone project of their choosing.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.

Registration is now closed. For more opportunities, stay tuned for Spring 2018!



Seabird Protection & Citizen Science Monitoring Program Volunteer Training (Classroom)

Fee: FREE
Meets: Saturday, February 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor(s): Hollis Bewley (Stewards’ Seabird Program Coordinator) and Stewards Staff

Citizen science volunteers monitor nesting seabirds off the Sonoma Coast (April – August) and document disturbances that compromise successful breeding. Monitoring and field training dates TBA.

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.


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Wildlife of Western Sonoma County

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Sunday, February 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Instructor(s): Father Nayture (Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue)

Learn about our local fauna from the banana slug to the mountain lion. Attendees will learn by exploring stories told by scat, tracks, skulls, pelts, and sounds.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


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Pinniped Monitoring Program Volunteer Training

Fee: FREE
Meets: Monday, February 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office) & Jenner Visito Center
Instructor(s): Dr. Joe Mortenson (Biologist and Author), Jessica Martini-Lamb (Sonoma County Water Agency), Andrea Pecharich (Sonoma County Water Agency), Stewards Staff

Pinniped Monitoring Program volunteers collect data to ensure the protection of harbor seals during Russian River estuary activities as they pertain to mandated work required by the Sonoma County Water Agency for the Biological Opinion. This orientation involves classroom training (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) and a site visit to review equipment and monitoring protocols (1:00PM-3:00 PM).

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.


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2017 UC California Naturalist Certification Program

CA Naturalist

CLASS FULL

Stewards is pleased to announce our support for the UC California Naturalist Certification Program! This 9 week, 50+ hour class will introduce you to the wonders the Sonoma Coast and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities. Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation citizen science, and volunteer activism. Our unique ecosystem offers a landscape where temperate rain forest meets Mediterranean chaparral.

Participants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats of California’s coastal mountains. Class lectures and field trips will venture from coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones.
 

2017 Schedule

 

Annual Events

2017 Special Events to Benefit Stewards

Fisherman's Festival - April 8 & 9

Earth Day - April 22

Austin Creek/Armstrong Redwoods Run - May 6

Day of the Child/Family Day in Your Park - April 29

Gourmet Art Walk - July 22

Sunset Dinner - August 12

Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival - August 26 & 27

Old Grove Festival - September 16


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