Morro Bay seeking kayaking volunteers
New Sea-life Stewards program begins this May
–Morro Bay state Park is looking for volunteers who love to kayak to become part of the new Sea-life Stewards program beginning this May.
The last 3 Saturdays in April Sea-life Stewards will receive two 4-hour classroom sessions and one 5-hour in-water training from experts on how to prevent wildlife disturbance, record citizen science data, be safe on the water, and to identify and share information about local wildlife with kayakers, surfers, divers, boaters, and stand-up paddle boarders.
“Morro Bay State Park is excited to be launching a new volunteer program on the waters of Morro Bay with the goal of protecting wildlife and providing information about our amazing estuary to water recreationists,” said California State Parks Public Safety Superintendent James Grennan.
Many of the local species of wildlife that are in Morro Bay are sensitive to casual repeated disturbance by watercraft. Sea-life Stewards will learn to share safe viewing distance guidelines for Southern sea otters, harbor seals, California sea lions, and the birds that rely on Morro Bay for food, shelter, and a resting place during migration.
Benefits to becoming a California State Park volunteer include ongoing training, and volunteer appreciation events. Sea-life stewards must be able to swim and kayak. A minimum commitment of two, monthly four hour shifts is required.
For more information and to submit an application please contact Jenny Foca at SealifeStewards@gmail.com or call (805) 772-6105.