Bay Net program has trained, knowledgeable docents stationed along recreation trails in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz and Moss Landing to educate curious visitors. Docents engage the public by introducing the sanctuary and local wildlife that can be easily seen from shore with binoculars and spotting scopes. Bay Net volunteers are instrumental in educating the public about the negative impacts of approaching sensitive wildlife too closely, especially harbor seals, sea otters, and their pups. Since 1995, Bay Net volunteers have engaged over 40,000 visitors per year, promoting responsible wildlife viewing along the shoreline and effectively reducing and preventing wildlife disturbances.
The need continues! As more and more visitors come to the coast to experience the beauty of the sanctuary, there are increasing occurrences of wildlife disturbance. While most negative interactions are unintentional, the lack of awareness of and protection for animals and their habitats creates a need for Bay Net docents to inform and educate more visitors.
Your support will help train an additional 50 volunteers for engagement with visitors year-round, while expanding locations throughout the sanctuary. Your donation will also be used to purchase valuable interpretation tools such as binoculars, field guides, and spotting scopes. With more shoreline engagement with the public, visitors will increase their knowledge of sanctuary wildlife, become better ocean stewards, and help protect wildlife from being “loved to death.”
Help Us Reach Our Goal of $10,000!