Volunteer rescuing injured or sick seals and sea lions throughout Northern California and Hawaii.
Click the links below to learn more about each site.
The Marine Mammal Center's Monterey Bay Operations (MBO) rescues animals from both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. From a modest beginning, MBO has grown to approximately eighty volunteers and one paid staff member.
Although volunteers in Santa Cruz had been operating out of private homes since 1980, it was not until 1993 that MBO was officially designated a field office triage facility. At this time, The Center received permission to locate a trailer and few pens on an unused piece of then-PG&E property along Moss Landing Harbor. Plans for a new facility at MBO began in 1999 when Duke Energy purchased the Moss Landing Power Plant from PG&E, and began planning to reuse the land upon which MBO sat. Understanding the importance of The Center's activities, however, Duke offered to help move the MBO site to a quiet piece of land on a remote part of their property. MBO volunteers now operate out of this location.
Volunteers are always needed for animal assessment, rescue, triage, transport, and equipment/site/vehicle maintenance. Additionally, volunteers assist with public outreach and education programs. Training is provided. Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues for MBO are seasonal, and there may be periods of inactivity. Prospective volunteers in Monterey Bay may attend one of several Introduction Meetings held throughout the year. Click Here to register for an upcoming Monterey Introduction Meeting.
If you are have questions about volunteering at the Monterey Bay Facility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Marine Mammal Center's San Luis Obispo Operations (SLO) rescues animals along the southernmost part of our California rescue range. SLO began in 1993 with volunteers recruited from Pacific Wildlife Care, a group involved in rehabilitating sea birds and land mammals. Prior to that time, volunteers were driving up to five hours one way from Sausalito to rescue animals. Sometimes they would arrive to find that the animals were long gone. SLO volunteers operated out of private homes and garages from 1993 until moving into their new facility.
In January 2006, our San Luis Obispo volunteers moved into the brand new rescue and triage center in Morro Bay. Duke Energy, our hosts for our Monterey Bay Operations, recognized the importance of our work and donated additional property for our Morro Bay operations. The property is shared with Pacific Wildlife Care who constructed a facility for oiled birds.
Volunteers are always needed for animal assessment, rescue, triage, transport, and equipment/vehicle maintenance. Volunteers also assist with public outreach and education programs. Training is provided. Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues for SLO are seasonal, and there may be periods of inactivity. Prospective volunteers in San Luis Obispo County may attend one of several Introduction Meetings held throughout the year. Click Here to register for an upcoming San Luis Obispo Introduction Meeting.
If you have questions about volunteering at the San Luis Obsipo Facility, please email email@example.com to learn more.
The Marine Mammal Center's Anchor Bay Operations (ABO) and Fort Bragg Operations (FBO) rescue animals along the northernmost part of our rescue range. Volunteers cover the area from Fort Ross, northern Sonoma County to the Sinkyone Wilderness, Mendocino County. As a designated wilderness area, the Sinkyone Wilderness is closed to us for rescues unless special permission is granted from the National Marine Fisheries Service and California State Parks.
ABO began in 1993 when Mike and Jennie Henderson, then managers of Anchor Bay Campground in Gualala, Mendocino County began reporting many stranded marine mammals to The Marine Mammal Center. Staff and volunteers from The Center would drive three and a half hours north from Sausalito to attempt the rescue. The Henderson's reasoned it would be more efficient for local volunteers to assess and rescue the animals, and submitted a proposal to The Center. The Center gratefully accepted, and in exchange provided training and equipment. ABO evolved into two subgroups in 2004, and FBO was officially established although many volunteers had been active for several years. Currently, volunteers operate from equipment bases in Fort Bragg and Sea Ranch areas.
Volunteers are always needed for animal assessment, rescue, triage, and transport. Training is provided. Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues for ABO and FBO are occasional, and there may be long periods of inactivity.
If you are interesting in volunteering in Anchor Bay or Fort Bragg, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
We are just about to open a brand new facility in Hawaii to save the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. This $3.2 million facility, named Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea), will include two neonate rehabilitation pens and pools, quarantine pen areas, two larger pens and pools for juvenile seals, as well as a medical lab, staff office, patient food preparation kitchen and education pavilion. Hawaiian monk seals have been on the decline for decades, and the current population of fewer than 1,100 individuals is declining by 3 to 4 percent annually. Fewer than one in five Hawaiian monk seal pups survive their first year due to threats like entanglement in ocean trash, changes in the food chain and predation.
Click here to learn more about The Marine Mammal Center's efforts to save the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
If you are interesting in volunteering at the Hawaii Facility, please email email@example.com to learn more.