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Easy Access Adventures

Take part in a special interpretive opportunity for people with limited mobility. Easy Access Adventures are scheduled twice a month through the end of August. More here!

Easy Access Adventures

Take part in a special interpretive opportunity for people with limited mobility. Easy Access Adventures are scheduled for 11/4, 11/21, 1/6, 1/16, 2/3 and 2/20. More here!

Enjoying Fall at Point Lobos

  Fall often brings the best weather to Point Lobos, but this year summer is giving it a run for its money.  There are undoubtedly beautiful days ahead, and the promise of rain from El Nino to help green up our parched forests and brush lands.  We have already had a little teaser rain, and are looking forward to more.  And since the summer crowds have dissipated, the Reserve offers blessed opportunities to commune with nature in relative solitude – particularly during the week.

Swarming sea lions!

A frenzy of sea lions, pelicans, gulls and whales cornered a large school of anchovies in Sea Lion Cove today and pretty much had their collective way with them.  As previously reported, this was quite a show for everyone who stopped by the bluff above to see five or six humpbacks transversing just outside the cove while the free-for-all went on right below.  Quick video:  

Longest, greatest whale show we have ever seen

The humpback whales have been crazy for over a week.  They have been spotted close to the shore every day from several places in the Reserve and nearby Carmel River State Beach.  And they have been doing all the things that we homo sapiens love to watch -- blowing spouts close enough to hear from shore, showing tail flukes, breaching, tail slapping, lunge feeding, and one visitor even reported seeing -- and even hearing -- bubble netting.

A "pacific" morning at Sea Lion Point

Morning at Sea Lion Cove, with the ocean as silently pacific as it can be only in summer. Smooth from shore to horizon. At vision's edge, sooty shearwaters stream northwards. A bit closer in, amidst the outer kelp beds, otters groom, spin slowly, doze.

Condor at Point Lobos -- a Miracle!

Well, it's official.  Condor 538 has landed!!!  Point Lobos now has photographic evidence of condors in the Reserve.  See the photos below.  Most of the visitors on the trail above were staring in wonder at the humpbacks, cormorants, sea otters and all the other "usual suspects".  Oh yeah, and a condor!!!

Visitors love our volunteer docents

This was a first for me: While scoping at Sea Lion Point, a family from Utah enjoyed looking close-up at sea lions, harbor seals, and a raft of 22 otters Tuesday afternoon.   After interpreting about the three species we were viewing, the family wanted to take a photo with me. They said, "We want to share with friends how wonderful it is that people volunteer to interpret what's going on here in the reserve."   Then after that the young man dictated everything I had explained to him.