Thirty-six Arizona middle school students visited Casa Beach for the second year in a row to see the seals. They each sold 120 chocolate bars to pay for the bus for themselves and eight parents and their teacher, Eric Thompson, who is shown in the photo pointing.
The Seal Conservancy had the pleasure of holding a fundraising reception at the home of Bill and Michelle Lerach. The spectacular home and hosts welcomed over 100 seal supporters and raised $24,064 in donations to help save the rope at Casa Beach. The success of the event and heartfelt support from the speakers and guests demonstrated to the Seal Conservancy just how invaluable the Casa Beach rookery is to San Diego. It was thanks to this fundraiser that we were successful in our quest to save the viewing guideline rope (3 months later, at the June 2015 California Coastal Commission meeting in Newport Beach). We want to thank all of our supporters who attended this spectacular event — and most especially our hosts, Bill and Michelle Lerach, and co-hosts, Lucie Berreby-Greenbaum and Jim Greenbaum. We are so grateful that so many of you made such overwhelmingly generous contributions to show your love for the La Jolla Seals. None of the hard-won protections that the seals now enjoy would have been possible without you.
8 Brownies Visit the Seals at Casa Beach (February 21, 2015)
The Seal Conservancy had the pleasure of speaking with 8 young Brownies. The girls were fantastic listeners and participated with questions and thoughtful comments. It was a wonderful experience, and we look forward to visits from other troops!
42 Arizona students raised $2,000 to see the Casa seals (January 29, 2015)
“In an effort to educate our sixth-grade ESL and science students on the environment, I traveled from Southwest Arizona with another teacher, 5 parents, and 42 students to San Diego to learn about the ocean and the life it holds. During our trip, we were fortunate to be met by docents of the Seal Conservancy at the home of the harbor seals of La Jolla at Casa Beach. The impact the combination of seeing the harbor seals first-hand, and simultaneously getting crucial information on how they live, including their seal culture and issues of conservation, had a large impact on our students. The members from the Seal Conservancy had extensive knowledge on their subjects and a true passion for their mission to preserve Casa Beach for the seals. The day after, I debriefed with my students on what they learned, and found that perhaps some of the most complex ideas that were discussed had the most impact on them. They remembered the stories of how seals expressed their bonds to each other, as well as how humans disturbing them can have negative ramifications for the seals who call Casa Beach their home. I hope that over the years I can continue to expose my students to a first-hand account of our beautiful, ancient, and mysterious oceans, and whenever I do that the seals at La Jolla and the Seal Conservancy will be a part of our adventure.” – Eric Thompson
La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival (December 7, 2014)
Thanks to everyone who participated in the La Jolla Christmas parade on December 7th, 2014. Carol Archibald’s red Prius was elegant and Lori Mendez drove it like a pro. Roberta Wolff and Jane Bradford looked stately from the back seat. Our youngsters, Carol’s grandchildren, Angelica and Alicia, wore precious costumes and carried the two “pups”.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Beach Cleanup at South Casa Beach 9 – 11am
BEACH CLEANUP AT SOUTH CASA BEACH
Join the Seal Conservancy as we work together to help stop the harmful effects of marine pollution. This is our last scheduled cleanup of 2014. This cleanup will qualify us to potentially have our name on the Adopt-A-Beach sign at the top of the stairs at South Casa. Then, next year, we will need to have 3 more cleanups if our name is chosen for the sign.
Regardless, if you have not participated in a cleanup this year, please consider helping out on Nov. 15th! Ask your family members and friends to join us. RSVP either way by calling Pam at (619) 463-7913 or send an email to email@example.com so that we’ll know how much supplies will be needed. Thanks!
WHAT: A beach cleanup
WHO: Anyone can participate. (Those under 18 need parent’s or guardian’s signed permission.)
Recruit friends, family members and co-workers to join you — more volunteers means cleaner beaches!
WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: South Casa Beach – 700 Coast Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037
(Meet at the green gazebo at 8:30am to get instructions and sign required waiver of liability.)
WHY: Keeping our beaches and shorelines free of trash reduces the harmful effects of marine debris on both people and animals.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat
- Closed-toe shoes are recommended
- Bring water to drink
- For extra protection bring work gloves
*Let us know if you will be joining us:
Call Pam – 619-467-7913 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22, 2014- Seal-a-bration Fundraiser
A Big Thank You to all of the businesses who donated to our cause, as well as Mangelsen’s Images of Nature Gallery for hosting our successful fundraiser.
April 27,2014 -Earth Day in Balboa Park
December 8, 2013 – La Jolla Christmas Parade
La Jolla Christmas Parade 2013
April 21, 2013 – Earth Day
December 2, 2012 Ho Ho Ho!
La Jolla Christmas Parade – News Article
April 22, 2012: Earth Day in San Diego
La Jolla Friends of the Seals walked in the Children’s Parade and staffed a booth at the Earth Day event in Balboa Park. We collected hundreds of signatures to take to the California Coastal Commission in July asking for a year round rope to be placed at Casa Beach. We also collected signatures of people willing to call or write their SD city council person asking for support for the final approval for closure of the beach during pupping season – from 15 December to 15 May. If they are passed, both of these bills will help to provide much greater protection for the harbor seal colony than currently exists.
Most of the attendees expressed amazement that this is even an issue. The consensus was that Casa Beach is a wonderful place for children to see marine mammals in the wild (as opposed to living in the equivalent of a bathtub and forced to turn tricks for food.) People also appreciate that the rookery at Casa Beach is a great place to bring friends or relatives who are visiting from out of town, probably the only such attraction in the San Diego area that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it doesn’t cost anything, which is virtually unheard of these days!
December 4, 2011: La Jolla Christmas Parade
When our lovely Classic car had mechanical troubles we decided to go with a supporter’s SMART car. The enthusiasm for the seals was astonishing – thank you all so much!
January 15-16, 2011: Whale Watch and Intertidal Festival at Cabrillo National Park
Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invite the San Diego community to the park to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival featured whale watching at the recently re-designed Whale Watch and Kelp Forrest Overlook and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival included marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year’s festival featured tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forrest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.
Each winter, the Pacific Gray Whales pass by the western overlooks of Cabrillo National Monument. After spending the summer feeding in the food-rich waters of the Arctic, the Grays swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they mate and nurse their young. Along the way, they pass Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument, where you can witness the annual winter journey.
Mid-January is the peak of the migration, but the Grays are visible from mid- to late December through March. From the Whale and Kelp Forest Overlook and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse visitors can enjoy the best viewing of these whales in San Diego from land. Descending these slopes of the overlook, sandstone cliffs drop off into intertidal habitat that visitors may visit during the festival. The intertidal zone is where the land and sea merge. Here marine plants and animals are submerged during high tide and exposed to the sun and wind on the rocky reef during low tide. This ocean environment supports a tremendous diversity of life.