Whale Festival 2021

Let's Celebrate Whales (Virtually)


The heart-shaped gray whale's spout

Although our community celebration is on hold this year due to the pandemic, join Noyo to celebrate whales and our beautiful coast with the following activities:

“We’ve lived on the coast for 15 years but Noyo’s Scavenger Hunt took us to places we’ve never been. We needed that!” -anonymous

Scavenger Hunt

March 6th – 21st. This 15-day event will get us outside to learn more about the magnificent Mendocino coast, grey whales, migration, citizen science, and all we do at the Noyo Center for Marine Science. Gather you family and friends into a team or go it alone, but get out and explore! More info here.

Gray Whale Research

Saturday, March 20, 10 am – 2 pm. Noyo Center welcomes our colleagues from the Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study to the deck of the Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center to continue their research on migrating gray whale (weather permitting). Stop by when walking the Fort Bragg South Coastal Trail or join us from home for live Facebook events! Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Behind the Scenes Tour at California Academy of Sciences

Friday, March 26, 11 am. Join us as we zoom host Moe Flannery, Ornithology and Mammalogy Collection Manager at California Academy of Sciences for a virtual tour of one of the worlds most impressive collections of marine mammals, birds and other amazing animals. More here.

Science Talks (via Zoom) 

  • Tuesday, Mar 9, 6 pm – Janet Clarke, “Overeating and Spending Time with the Kids: Whales Summering in the Alaska Arctic.” More here.
  • Wednesday, Mar 24, 2 pm – Lisa Hildebrand, “A Small Piece of a Large Puzzle: Investigating the fine scale foraging ecology of Pacific Coast Feeding  group – gray whales.” More here.
  • Wednesday, Mar 31, noon – Becci Jewel, “The Gray Whale Cycle: 4,000 miles by bike and boat alongside the gray whale migration.” More here.