Friends of the Elephant Seal counts on our dedicated volunteer guides to enhance public awareness and respect for the wonders of the natural marine environment. To cover FES costs, we rely on grants, sponsorships, memberships, and your donations.
With you as a friend, we can:
Expand the campaign to designate the elephant seal rookery as a state and national monument.
Extend rookery trails to include three new wheelchair accessible viewpoints.
Gather new data about the relationship between elephant seals and white sharks.
Add more languages to our translation system that permits foreign visitors to access information in their own language about the scene on the beach.
Increase the number of marine biology and veterinary medical students doing elephant seal research while interning with marine mammal rescue teams by providing stiipends for students.
Help pay transportation costs to bring young students to the rookery.
Membership levels and benefits: Friend: ($25/year) FES newsletter, e-seal CD picture collection, decal, 20% discount for FES Merchandise at our Online Store
Good Friend: ($50/year) All Friend benefits, two e-seal caps and the satisfaction of doing your part to protect these animals and their marine environments.
Great Friend: ($100/year) All Friend benefits but with Great Friend caps and the book, Elephant Seals, personally inscribed to you and signed by the authors.
Best Friend: ($250/year) All Great Friend benefits, along with Best Friend caps, A Seal's Life DVD and 2 FES T- shirts.
Best Friend for Life: ($1500) All Best Friends benefits, along with two jackets instead of tee shirts.
You may join through a secure online PayPal web page using your credit card or by completing, printing and mailing a Membership Form with your check. You may also call the office at (805) 924-1628. Sign Me Up!
Our Business Partners are listed on multiple pages of the Friends of the Elephant Seal website with a link to each partner's home page. The number of annual hits on the website has averaged 184,000 for the past three years
In addition Business Partners get business opportunities from the million visitors that come to the Piedras Blancas Northern Elephant Seal Rookery each year.
Finally, Business Partners get the satisfaction of helping protect marine mammals and the ocean and beach environments vital for their survival. Sign Me Up!