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Thursday, September 12 • 7:00am - 4:00pm
Add-on (extra fee): Pelagic Sketching Trip with Debi Shearwater and Abby McBride FULL

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NOTE: ADDITIONAL $145 FEE REQUIRED AND SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED (YOU MUST REGISTER WITH AND PAY SHEARWATER JOURNEYS ASAP--do not delay! SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS). Join sketch biologist Abby McBride and veteran seabird guide Debi Shearwater for a boat trip to practice sketching pelagic seabirds and other wildlife encountered at sea. September is the absolute peak month of the entire year at Monterey Bay to observe marine life. Your trip will begin immediately upon departing from the dock with sea otters and California sea lions just outside of the harbor. Parasitic Jaegers pursue Elegant Terns along the famed Cannery Row area, once the home of the largest sardine cannery in the world. Black-footed Albatross, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Buller’s Shearwaters begin showing up as soon as we reach the edge of the Continental Shelf, and maybe the first humpback whales. Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Rhinoceros Auklet will be amongst the members of the alcid or auk family that we’ll seek out. Any number and variety of dolphins can be found during this time period, including: Risso’s, Pacific white-sided, Northern right whale, and common dolphins, along with Dall’s porpoises. It is possible that we may see blue whales or killer whales, too. The variety and abundance of marine life is at its peak during September!
DATE: Thursday, September 12
BOAT: Checkmate
DEPARTURE: Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey at 7 am (please be at least 10 mins early)
RETURN: about 3 pm
LEADERS: Debi Shearwater + team
CAPACITY: The boat is an excellent boat with a head (bathroom). No galley. Please bring your own food in a small day pack. The boat can take 49 people by USCG rules and our group will share the boat with others who have already registered.
NOTE: No one under 12 years old. No pregnant ladies. We cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
TO REGISTER: Send your personal check or money order for $145/person with the name, address, phone & email of EACH person booking, as required by the U.S. Coast Guard to:
Shearwater Journeys
P.O. Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024

NOTE: Your spot is not confirmed until Debi receives your check in the mail and you receive a confirmation from her. PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. PLEASE TELL DEBI YOU ARE WITH THE WILD WONDER CONFERENCE. Due to Debi's travel schedule, please register and send your check prior to June 15 in order to receive immediate confirmation. After June 15, your confirmation will be sent after July 20.
CONTACT: Debi Shearwater. 831.637.8527 debi@shearwaterjourneys.com http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com

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Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →

  Field Trip, Skills-building
  • Requirements All arrangements / information will come from Shearwater Journeys after you sign up with them.
  • Location Key Monterey