Sara Bogard’s presentation of “Beyond Safe Havens” is a visual journey and accounting of the inhabitants, both resident and migratory, from her 2018-2022 surveys of the Point Arena Lighthouse and Stornetta Public Lands. Sara is an ocean conservationist and citizen scientist. She shares her observations and photography with the community at large. As a volunteer, she collects data for the organizations she works with and is on call to assess and/or rescue marine mammals. Along with many volunteers on the coast, her goal is to support other marine conservation organizations to promote health and sustainability of pinniped populations in Northern California. She aspires to increase public awareness of the effects of human and current environmental factors which affect these populations and other marine life.
Her volunteer work spans across several organizations including:
The California Central Regional Harbor Seal Monitoring and Inventory Program coordinated with Point Reyes National Seashore
The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary – Beach Watch Program
The Marine Mammal Center: Assessment, Rescue, Education, Public Relations
The Point Arena Lighthouse/Stornetta Public Lands: Weekly surveys
The Sea Ranch: Harbor Seal Docent during pupping season.
In addition she reports and photographs her sightings of live and/or dead marine mammals to other organizations which monitor marine mammals along the California coast such as the California Academy of Sciences and NOYO Center ’s Stranding Network, Golden Gate Cetacean Research, California Killer Whale Project, Mendonoma Whale and Seal.