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November 8, 2013 

CCNM Manager: After CCNM Manager Rick Hanks retired in May 2013, Dave Fuller (BLM Arcata Field Office) took on the temporary role of Acting Manager from July to November 2013. As of November 10, Ruben Leal, Associate District Manager for the BLM Central California District, will handle the CCNM management coordination. Contact Ruben at  The search for a permanent manager is underway. See the job announcement for the CCNM Manager here

Environment for the Americas Interns Hugo Ceja and Stephanie Aroche completed their internships in August and were honored with CCNM Rock Star Awards for their outstanding service! Hugo is a recent environmental science graduate from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Stephanie is a CSUMB senior majoring in watershed science.

They spent much of their 6-month internship working in the Monterey Bay area assisting with the CCNM’s Black Oystercatcher monitoring on the Monterey Peninsula. They were able to extensively monitor six nests from pre-egg laying, to egg laying, incubation, successful hatching or failure, chick growth or predation, and fledging, as well as assess the data collected and compile the monitoring season results in a report for the BLM.

In addition, they worked at California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve where they did everything from monitoring migratory shorebirds to leading nature walks in Spanish. Retired CCNM Manager Rick Hanks mentored the interns and assisted with fieldwork.

The Sea Ranch CCNM Stewardship Task Force
continues its extraordinary work!  So far, in 2013 the Task Force has: 
  • Completed Citizen Science Studies of Gualala Point Island Seabird Populations and Productivity 2007-2012: Historical, Regional, and Environmental Comparisons (by M. Garcia-Reyes et al.).
  • Continued Black Oystercatcher surveys for the 3rd year, surveying 10 miles of coast for nests during late May, followed by weekly individual nest watches to determine success to fledging.
  • Began a survey of Pelagic Cormorants nesting along the nearby coast: weekly surveys at four of the sites.
  • Aerial photograph and shore surveys of the nesting of seabirds on Gualala Point Island, Galleon’s/Arched Rock and Black Point. In 2013 the shore surveys were completed twice a month at the beginning of the breeding season and then weekly during from mid-May through August 1.
  • Led two quarterly general education walks (March + July) of Islands, Beaches and Bluffs, observing animals and plants and the varying seasonal usages.
  •  Initiated a survey of Pelagic Cormorants nesting by conducting weekly surveys at four sites.
In addition: new volunteers have been trained, annual overflight monitoring has continued, a intertidal survey has been completed, and NOAA marine debris surveys have been initiated.
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and BLM Hollister Field Office:  BLM Hollister Field Office staff has assisted in the Museum’s Science Saturdays. The BLM Hollister Field Office also sponsored a category in the museum’s judged exhibition Central Coast Landscapes: Celebrating Nature in Painting by offering an award for the “Best Representation of the California Coastal National Monument”.
Trinidad Union School had over 130 students participate in an art contest sponsored by the CCNM Trinidad Gateway and the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council. Students were asked to interpret the theme, "Conserving and Protecting Trinidad Marine Habitats".  Judges had a difficult time choosing the top three in each grade. Winning entries were included in the Trinidad Art Night exhibit at the Seascape Restaurant in Trinidad. To see the beautiful artwork click here.
The BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office hosted Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds teacher training workshop. This free workshop was designed for educators to learn about the fresh and saltwater environments. A slide show introduced the CCNM and its role in protecting seabird habitat. Teachers went outdoors to try lessons about California’s aquatic environments demonstrated by California Coastal Commission’s Annie Kohut Frankel and BLM’s Tracy Albrecht.
Humboldt Lagoons State Park Visitor Center has re-opened!  The visitor center, located on Highway 101 between Redwood National Park and Patrick’s Point State Park, is located on a portion of the coast with outstanding views of the CCNM. The visitor center has been mostly closed since 2011. The center re-opened full time in June 2013 through and agreement with a concessionaire. The center has received heavy traffic throughout the summer and is well- stocked with information about the CCNM.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Aid to Navigation staff was briefed on the CCNM and the Reading Rock Right-of-Way by CCNM Acting Manager Dave Fuller. U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the water within the monument corridor and are important resources for CCNM management.

Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023-2535
Phone: (831) 630-5006
fax: (831) 630-5055
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