Andy Bacon and Brian Lorentz at Community Printers, with an 18”x27” uncoated poster.
Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary map, courtesy of NOAA
Love Whales? 10 Things You Can Do to be a Good Neighbor…
#monterey bay national marine sanctuary
- Volunteer! Contact organizations like the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Bay Net, Save Our Shores, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Watershed Institute, and the Coastal Watershed Council to find out how you can help.
- Plant Natives. Landscape your home, business, or neighborhood creek with California native plants to help provide suitable wildlife habitat.
- Prevent Wildlife Entanglement. Cut up and throw away plastic six pack rings, and pick up discarded fishing line and plastic bags.
- Pick Up Trash. Take a trash bag with you whenever you walk and pick up litter. Participate in the fall National Coastal Clean Up Day or organize your own neighborhood cleanup anytime.
- Celebrate Thoughtfully. Never release party balloons. Sealife can be harmed or even killed when balloons, mistaken for jellyfish, are eaten.
- Eat Sustainably Harvested Fish. Refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch in making your seafood selections, and educate others.
- Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly. Recycle used motor oil at any Kragen or Jiffy Lube - it’s FREE! Take paint, pesticides, and antifreeze to a hazardous waste disposal site. Keep your car from leaking
- Consume Fewer Resources. Evaluate your consumption habits. Hang your laundry to dry, limit your purchase of disposable items, carry canvas bags to the grocery store, and carpool or ride your bike.
- Protect The Watershed. Never dump waste onto the street or into storm drains. Storm drains flow directly into rivers, creeks, and ultimately the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where we fish and swim.
- Think! Take time to think about how your actions are affecting the environment that you live in. Consider what you buy, how you live, where you recreate. Enjoy life while being thoughtful of the needs of others, both today and in the future.
- developed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
"When you talk about the seasons, most people think of spring wildflowers, autumn leaves, winter storms… But the ocean, too, has its seasons, which are at least as dramatic as those on land. The difference is that changes in the sea are often invisible to us land dwellers.” - Kim Fulton-Bennett, one of the scientists we worked with, has been studying Central Coast marine seasons for almost a decade. Check out his website-in-progress, Seasons in the Sea. So far he has populated January - May with a ton of information, and he is busy populating the rest of the months."
Doug Ross is an artist, commercial illustrator, graphic designer and marine mammal rescue volunteer in Santa Cruz, CA. Check out more of his work here.
O’Neill Sea Odyssey (aka “OSO”) is an incredible non-profit organization founded in 1996 by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neill, that provides students with free hands-on lessons on marine habitat and the relationship between oceans and the environment. What a great classroom!