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Seal Watch wants you!

As Carpinteria Seal Watch gears up for the upcoming season, the organization will hold orientations for new and returning volunteers. Orientations will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Carpinteria City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., and on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Pizza will be served at the in-person orientation.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one weekly two-hour shift on the blufftop overlook above the rookery. Training is provided. While the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits disturbing marine mammals year-round, Carpinteria Seal Watch will be monitoring the harbor seal sanctuary during pupping season from Jan 1- May 31, as it has for 33 years. If interested in volunteering or for more info, email or call (805) 364-3194.