Mendocino Area California State Parks has announced whale watching walks at MacKerricher State Park during the Fort Bragg Whale Festival. Here are the details from a California State Parks press release:
“As part of the annual MacKerricher State Park Whale Festival, the public is invited to join interpretive walks at the MacKerricher Visitor Center. Meet the docent to learn about gray whales and the whale skeleton. Then go out to look for gray whales on their annual migration along the Pacific coast. The walks will take place on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. beginning at the visitor center.
The MacKerricher Visitor Center is located 3 miles north of Fort Bragg, California, along Highway 1. For more information on MacKerricher Whale Festival activities, call (707) 961-0471.”
More State Park Activities during Whale Festival Weekend:
Children are invited to participate in the Whale Clue Scavenger Hunt. Kids can find participating merchants on Main and Franklin Streets in downtown Fort Bragg. Look for the “Whale Scavenger Hunt Here” signs posted in store windows. The merchants will have question and answer sheets about gray whales. Then children will go out to the MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center to answer more questions, and turn in their answer sheets to receive a small prize. This fun and educational activity will take place on Saturday, March 20, from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
Blue Whale Photos
Noted photographer Larry Wagner will feature a slide show of photos he took of the blue whale that washed ashore near Fort Bragg, California in October 2009. The photos will show the whale carcass and how volunteers collected the whale bones. Eventually the whale bones will be put on public display as a whale skeleton. The presentation is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 20, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at the MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center.
Paint The Gray Whale Skeleton
Locals and Tourists are invited to paint the gray whale skeleton at the visitor center. It has been several years since the skeleton has been painted. Painting the skeleton helps to preserve this valuable resource. Be sure to wear old clothes and bring a paint brush. Paint and some brushes will be provided. This activity is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 21, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. next to the MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center. Painting the whale skeleton will be cancelled due to rain, drizzle or heavy fog.