For The Birds

Interpreting Birds  Birds represent an amazing array of adaptations in both their biology and behavior, plus they have the ability to inspire us in many ways.  Jim Covel will focus on stories that fit a variety of birds and do not necessarily involve identification of bird species (although that never hurts).  If you’re a dedicated “twitcher,” this may provide a new perspective for you.  If you’re not a serious birder, you’ll come away with some good bird stories that can inspire any audience.  You’d be surprised how much you can say about a bird without knowing the name (or while you’re trying to remember the name!).

To quote Richard Feynman: “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird….  So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing—that’s what counts.  I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

Jim Covel has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the past 27 years and currently serves as the Director of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation.  Prior to joining the aquarium staff, Jim was on the faculty at both UC Davis and CSU Sacramento, teaching in the areas of environmental studies, recreation and resource management.  Jim grew up in Oakland, California where his father worked as one of the first park naturalists in the country. 

The short program will include an update for the new docent website.  Something you won't want to miss.

This is your new website!

Welcome to the new docent website! If you became a docent after February 2017 (Class 39, 40 & 41) or if you have changed your password since then, click on this link to reset your password. Please contact Fred Brown if you need assistance.  All others, login in the usual way, your username is first initial, a space, last name and your existing password.  Click on the reset your password link if you forgot your password.

Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.