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Hello Science fans,

We here at the SciSchmooze don’t like to overload your inbox but here are two items that need some planning and are worth it!  I mentioned one Sunday but I didn’t make it very obvious.  The other one came in on Monday and you should consider it as well. 

Tickets are now on sale for the Elephant Seal Tour for SciSchmooze Subscribers on Sunday Feb 12, 2017.  We did this a few years ago and finally it is back by popular demand.  Order your tickets now as there are very few available. 

After being hunted almost to extinction in the nineteenth century, the Northern Elephant Seals have made a miraculous recovery. They now haul out for birthing and breeding on islands from the Farallones to Baja California, Mexico and a few mainland spots; one of which is Año Nuevo State Reserve on the San Mateo County coast.
Tickets are now on sale for Sanctuary Explorations: Gray Whale Watching on Saturday Jan 14, 2017 off the coast of San Mateo County.  This is an experience that everyone should experience at least once.    

Witness the mighty gray whale migration on this naturalist led half-day cruise. We “join” their annual southbound migration through our marine sanctuaries as they travel from Arctic feeding grounds to Baja California breeding grounds. With an expert naturalist, learn about their natural history, their recovery from near extinction, and the survival challenges posed by their roughly 12,000 mile round-trip journey. Discover the natural history and adaptations of the seabirds, porpoises, seals and sea lions we encounter.
 
 
Peace and Pedals
herbert a masters III
Throwing starfish for >.6 centuries
“Once upon a time, there was a beach full of starfish who had been stranded in the sand by a big wave, and were drying up in the sun. A small boy was spending his morning throwing them back in, one by one. An old man happened upon this boy, and asked him what he was doing. The boy said ‘I’m throwing these starfish back into the water, because if I don’t, they will die out here in the sun.’ The man said ‘But boy, there are miles of beach covered in starfish. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you surely won’t be able to get them all, or even most of them! Why bother?’ The boy listened politely, and when the man had finished talking, he leaned over to pick up another starfish, threw it in the water, and replied ‘It mattered to that one.’”  Adopted from "The Star Thrower" (or "starfish story") by Loren Eiseley (1907–1977).

Elephant Seal Tour for SciSchmooze Subscribers

Elephant Seal
Click here for a video of the first pup birth of the 2016 - 2017 season!

A special event for SciSchmooze readers! Come meet editors Herb, Bob, and Minu and explore the wonders of the Elephant Seal breeding grounds at Año Nuevo State Reserve.

Here's how this will work: Since Año Nuevo does not handle group reservations, we have pre-purchased tickets for you. You must then make your reservation and payment with us at Brown Paper Tickets for this event, not the Año Nuevo website. Click HERE to make your reservation. Do NOT email us asking for reservations! In additional to the tour-leading docent, we will have an additional docent on hand for the tour and to answer any questions you may have afterwards.  Only 17 tickets available. No refunds.

Join us for this nature tour with other Schmooze subscribers!

 
 

Sanctuary Explorations: Gray Whale Watching

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National Marine Sanctuary and Greater Farallones Association Present: Greater Farallones 

Sanctuary Explorations: Gray Whale Watching 

Witness the mighty gray whale migration on this naturalist led half-day cruise. We “join” their annual southbound migration through our marine sanctuaries as they travel from Arctic feeding grounds to Baja California breeding grounds. With an expert naturalist, learn about their natural history, their recovery from near extinction, and the survival challenges posed by their roughly 12,000 mile round-trip journey. Discover the natural history and adaptations of the seabirds, porpoises, seals and sea lions we encounter. 

Gray whales are a great "poster child" for climate change. The die-off of one-third of their population in 1999-2000 has been linked to the shrinking polar ice cap. This has reduced their feeding grounds, and resulted in a longer migration between distant feeding and breeding grounds.  

Our cruise offers experience and education - all in just a short, 3 hour boat ride from Half Moon Bay.

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