COMMUNITY PROGRAM: Who's Who in the Tidepools - April 15th


Who's Who in the Tidepools
Presented by Marlin Harms

Monday, April 15th, 7:00 pm
at SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park

Join Marlin Harms in a virtual tour of central coast tidepool communities. With intimate photos of many tidepool creatures, he will show who lives at the edge of the ocean and what hides in the nooks and under ledges in local rocky intertidal areas. Emphasizing Montana de Oro and Estero Bluffs State Parks, but also including Cayucos and Morro Strand State Beaches, he will reveal lifestyles of the wet and squishy and some of the hazards that make their lives precarious. From chitons to crabs, and octopus to Okenia, go tidepooling without getting wet, plus tips on how and where to explore it yourself firsthand.

Marlin's attraction to nature began with birds over four decades ago and has spread widely, but especially to wildflowers and tidepool organisms. And for the past 25 years he has used photography and his education in biology to explore much of that nature. While a few of his photos have had a wider distribution, many have been used locally, including by MCAS at Sweet Springs, by the California Native Plant Society for their wildflower guides, and by the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, as well as earlier for numerous local land conservation projects with The Trust for Public Land, the Morro Estuary Greenbelt Alliance, and the American Land Conservancy.

A brief annual membership meeting will precede the program. Agenda includes voting 1) to amend the MCAS by-laws to create a Hi Mountain Lookout standing committee and 2) on the slate of nominees to fulfill the next term as Board members.

Nominees are:

  • President: Judy Neuhauser
  • Past President: Dave Tyra
  • Treasurer: Bart Beckman
  • Membership: Rosalie Valvo
  • Education and Outreach: Kaaren Perry
  • Communications: Joanne Aasen
  • Fund Development: Nancy Foley
  • Hi Mountain Lookout: Steve Schubert
  • Director at Large: Wendy McKeown

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome.