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TitleFort Bragg Whale Festival
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Date startMar 18 2017 11:00p (71 Days Ago)
Date endMar 19 2017 08:00p (70 Days Ago)
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March 18 & 19, 2017

FORT BRAGG, Calif. –—Enjoy Chowder and microbrew tasting while visiting our local shops and Inns, and whale watch from the new Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches. Tickets can be bought online for the chowder, wine, and beer tasting at Brown Paper Tickets.

Events Include:

Enjoy a variety of chowders ranging from the traditional to the not so traditional! Our Chowder Tasting will feature a chowder contest between various local restaurants - and you can be there to taste them all and vote for your favorite! Tickets here

Beer Tasting Come enjoy North Coast Brewing Company's award winning beers!   It's no wonder that the beers made here are famous worldwide; lauded by connoisseurs. Tickets here

Wine Tasting highlights delicious local wines poured at various locations throughout Downtown Fort Bragg. Tickets here

Other Whale Festival Activities

Book a whale-watching boat tour to encounter the whales up close. Boats leave from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Call the Chamber for referrals at 707-961-6300.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse will have funfilled activities on Saturday and Sunday, including docent-led tours, whale watching and spectacular lens tours from 10am-4pm.


Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) volunteer docents will highlight Light Station history and local culture with visitor presentations at the Lighthouse and other locations in the State Historic Park.  Weather permitting, there will be docent-led whale-watching tours with lots of information on these placent giants, as well as walks to nearby Frolic Cove with the story of the clipper brig Frolic, wrecked off the cove in July 1850 bound from China to San Francisco with a valuable cargo of Chinese merchandise for the Gold Rush miners and their families. The tours are family friendly.

You may also visit the 240 gallon saltwater aquarium, our Marine Science Exhibit with a view down into the ocean, or the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House. This period museum shows how lightkeepers and their families lived in the 1930s.                                                                                                                                                                      

There will also be lens tours which are offered only eight days each year, giving you the exciting opportunity to visit the Lantern Room and the beautifully restored operational 3rd order Fresnel lens. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate.  For more information, go to http://pointcabrillo.org/visit/events/

33rd Annual Whale Run and Walk: Soroptimist international of Fort Bragg will be holding their 33rd Annual Whale Run and Walk on March 18 starting at 7:30am. For more information and to register visit www.soroptimistfortbraggca.org .

21st Annual Beer Festival: Fort Bragg Rotary Club is holding their 21st Annual Beer Festival on March 18th from 12-4pm. Will be at the historic Eagles Hall ( 210 N. Corry St.). Come and enjoy the live music and BBQ.

MacKerricher State Park, Located three miles North of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, is an ideal location for watching the gray whale migration.  The park has a wheelchair accessible boardwalk allowing access to the headlands of Laguna Point with stunning views of the coastline.

The 2017 Whale Festival is a ‘must attend’ event on March 17th, 18th and 19th.  Events and admission to the park are free and all ages are welcome.  Events are listed below.  For additional information or questions contact (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.

Friday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m.  Lecture to take place in the Veterans’ Memorial Building located at 360 North Harrison St., in Fort Bragg.  Join State Parks for an exciting lecture given by a guest speaker about the whales of the Pacific.  Refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle to take place at the time of the lecture.  Event to take place rain or shine.

Saturday, March 18th, beginning at 11 a.m.
Whale Walk at MacKerricher State Park
Docents and State Parks’ staff lead informative guided whale walks.  The program will start at the Visitor Center and whale skeleton for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching.  Binoculars are available.  Event to take place rain or shine.  Dress appropriately.

Saturday, March 18th: 1 to 3 p.m.
Family event includes artrs and crafts, games and educational activities.
Learn all about the whales of the Pacific in this interactive learning event.  Visit our education stations to collect information so you can build your very own badge of whale knowledge.  Play games, make art, listen to music and enjoy a free hot dog lunch (donations accepted).  Event to take place rain or shine.  Dress appropriately.

Sunday, March 19th, 1 to 3 p.m.  Help preserve our whale skeleton.

Mendocino Headlands State Park: (Located in Mendocino village off HWY 1) The park will hold the following events at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA open 11am to 4pm daily:

Built in 1854 for Jerome Ford, the acknowledged founder of Mendocino, the Ford House has exhibits highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history, including a scale model of Mendocino as it was in 1890. For additional information, visit the Ford House online at http://mendoparks.org , on Facebook, or by calling the Ford House Visitor Center at (707) 937-5397.

Schedule of Events at the Ford House:

"Whale Tales" - Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor's Center, featuring bones from a Gray Whale, information regarding the gray whale migration, and an interactive exhibit that lets you quiz yourself on whale facts. Thought the month of March.

Knowledgeable docents will be on hand at the Ford House throughout the Whale Festival with tips on when and where to watch for whales, and to answer questions regarding gray whale natural history.

Docent-led whale watch walks - Walks are scheduled during the Mendocino Whale Festival at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 6th. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are available. Meet at the Ford House.

Thanksgiving Coffee will be providing free coffee tasting -  Try some Thanksgiving Coffee at the Ford House during the Mendocino Whale Festival , Saturday only, March 5th, 12 p.m. to 4p.m. The visitor center will be opening at 9:30 a.m.

 

Noyo Center for Marine Science:
March 6th: Noyo Center naturalists “whales and seabirds” walk on the Mendocino headlands.  Meet at the end of Main Street at 10am.
March 13th: Noyo Center naturalists “whales and seabirds” walk at Spring Ranch. Meet at the pullout at the end of Gordon Lane at 10am.
March 7th-11th: Blue whale and orca bones on display at the end of the south Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg.  School kid field trips until 2pm, then open to the public from 2-5pm.
March 12: Blue whale and orca bones on display for the public! End of the south Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg;  10-4pm
March 19th: 3rd Annual Science and Art Fair: Old rec Center Gym, 10-4pm
March 19th: Science Talk at Town Hall: Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbor Porpoises. 4-5:30pm
Golden Gate Cetacean Research: Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbor Porpoises
Golden Gate Cetacean Research biologists Bill Keener and Jon Stern will present the results of their latest research on the bottlenose dolphins and harbor porpoises of Northern California. Their team has been studying both species, from shore and boat for the past 6 years. They have compiled the first photo-identification catalog for the local bottlenose dolphins, giving us a window into the lives of individual animals. They will share their observations about the dolphins continued northward range expansion that is now bringing them to the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. They will also share the story of the unexpected return of harbor porpoises to San Francisco Bay. Learn about changes to our marine ecosystem and what this may mean for our coast. Here’s your chance to find out the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise, where to see these fascinating creatures, and what you can do to help in the study of marine mammals.
For more information, visit: www.ggcetacean.org

 

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