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Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala

Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala
Duncans Cove, Sonoma County, CA Sonoma and Mendocino Coast Marine Sanctuary Permanent Protection
May 18, 2014
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure permanent protection for one of the most iconic and sensitive portions of the California coast. The spectacular beauty of our coastline between Bodega Bay and Pt. Arena attracts millions of visitors and is the centerpiece of our regional economy, but it’s what you can’t see with the naked eye that makes this place so special.
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Beach Watch volunteers documenting dead birds Who Won When We Banned Plastic Bags?
October 30, 2014
We are Beach Watch. This is a program brought forth by the Gulf of the Farralones National Marine Sanctuary. We are the monitors for our coast; we look for and record living and dead animals on our beaches. We are also the volunteer coordinators for debris cleanup for the Sonoma Coast State Park and the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
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Sonoma County Seal Watch - 30 years protecting Harbor Seals Sonoma County Seal Watch - 30 years protecting Harbor Seals
March 5, 2015
Seal Watch began in 1985, when Dian Hardy and other local activists from Jenner discovered that the harbor seals at Goat Rock State Beach were in greater danger from beach visitors and unleashed dogs than from the pollution of a recent sewage spill into the Russian River. 
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2017
March 1, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Democracy at its best was demonstrated Thursday night at the Grange. The Grange Hall (nearly all 150 chairs we have were occupied), was completely full of citizens ready and eager to share their ideas about “the opportunities and challenges in Bodega Bay.”

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - March 2017
March 1, 2017
Wait! March ALREADY! Springtime! Really! I was ready for the New Year which seemed like yesterday and feel equally ready for spring, for warmth, and for our flower display on our coast to begin. I am already seeing the Douglas Iris’ purpleness in our coastal fields along with a few other prairie displays.
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick -March 2017
March 1, 2017
Finally, a forecast of sustained sunshine here on our saturated West- County hillsides! The record amounts of rain we have experienced are a God-send of course, filling our reservoirs and hopefully recharging our over-stretched aquifers.
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - February 2017
February 2, 2017
Our emergency responders with the local fire departments and fire protection districts worked tirelessly through the storms that recently ripped through Northern CA, doing WE DID IT!!! it took to keep us safe and out of harm’s way. Responding to everything from medical emergencies and structure fires to cliff rescues and auto accidents, our rural emergency responders are truly our community heroes. 
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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - February 2017
February 2, 2017
I am pretty sure each of you uses the word ‘heart’ every day in your conversations or thoughts. For example; you might think about your heartbeat,  you have a heart and show kindness, you decide on doing something heartfelt,  you have a heartache and/or heartbreak, you ate too much and have heart burn, there is a real heart throb in town, heart warmers, you are a carpenter and talk about heartwood, you enjoyed a hearty meal.
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - February 2017
February 1, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Those of us lucky enough to live with a clear view of the harbor were treated with a real light show this morning

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Local Heroes Save Whale, Spud Point Crab Company Local Heroes Save Whale
January 4, 2017

Last month fishermen on The Legacy – one of the Spud Point Crab Company boats, were able to save a whale caught in crab pot lines.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - January 2017
January 4, 2017
by Joan Poulos

Months like this has been are hard to accurately record. Will the crab season open or not? Will the crabs be their usual delicate flavor?

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - January 2017
January 4, 2017
I wish a Happy 2017 to all of my readers, clients and future clients! And a very special Happy Hopeful 2017 to my wonderful editor Vesta! Her paper is really the #1 paper in Sonoma County (and southern Mendocino County!).
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2016
November 25, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Months like this has been are hard to accurately record. Will the crab season open or not? Will the crabs be their usual delicate flavor?

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - December 2016
November 25, 2016
This is your ‘slow down’ reminder. Slow down your mornings – wake up 30 minutes earlier to enjoy the quiet alone time (or if you are so lucky sleep an extra 30 minutes); slow down the day – pull over and take in the beautiful views of our coast and hillsides; slow down the week...
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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - December 2016
November 25, 2016

Fall storms are pounding our rugged coastline with spectacular record-sized waves. But even on those fair-weather beach-going days, when families are drawn to the ocean, it can be dangerous. ‘Sleeper waves’ can knock you down and pull your legs out from under you as you wade in the shore-break. Before you realize what is happening you can be sucked out into the pounding surf. Such is the case last February 26, when a Lake County family of five was determined to enjoy their day at the beach in spite of the cool weather and huge waves forecast.  

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - November 2016
October 26, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Fall has come. Salmon season is over. Fishermen are still having a tough go but working hard. As much as we love it out here, the fog gets a little old. It is nice to see the sun, and especially nice when the wind is not blowing. The last few days have been lovely and although we could surely use some more rain, the heavy dew has watered the garden well. We keep our fingers crossed and hope and pray for a good crab season. So far, the tests look good.

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Tim McKusick - Jenner Jottings Jenner Jottings -Tim McKusick - November 2016
October 26, 2016

Good news from the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program. According to Nicolas Bauer, Fisheries Scientist, (ca-sgep.ucsd.edu/russianrivercoho) as relayed toMike Keller, spokesperson for the Friends of Sheephouse Creek, results from the 2016 snorkel survey of Sheephouse Creek show a slight uptick in numbers of Coho Salmon and Steelhead over last year’s count. 2016 had 434 Coho Salmon ‘year of young’, 138 Steelhead ‘year of young’, and 8 Steelhead residents.

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - November 2016
October 26, 2016
Being thankful all the time is near impossible. Having gratitude when we have daily struggles can be shaken. So much can get thrown at us from all parts of our very full lives. If you listen to the music through the ages, or notice the writings from the most notable poets, or philosophers discussing the idea of happiness, or if you read the little sayings that pass through our Facebook page we know the focus throughout the year of finding peace and acceptance is the life message.
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - October 2016
September 28, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Summertime has slipped by. Children are back in school, crab season is over, fishermen are still having a tough go but working hard. As much as we love it out here, the fog gets a little old. It is nice to see the sun, and especially nice when the wind is not blowing. The last few days have been lovely and although we could surely use some more rain, the heavy dew has watered the garden well.

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