The Lecture Series continues with Scott & Tree Mercer presenting “HOW DO WE DO IT. WHY DO WE DO IT: Our Whale Monitoring Program from the Point Arena Lighthouse Peninsula” Scott and Tree Mercer are familiar landmarks on the Lighthouse peninsula outside the Light Station gates from around September through May each year. In 2014 they founded the Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study to document the occurrence, diversity, and behavior of marine mammals along the coast from Northern Sonoma County to Southern Mendocino County. They present their data and findings at many local and international conferences. In 2021, the Mercers were featured in an extensive article in the Los Angeles Times about the Unusual Mortality Event of gray whales. In 2022 they were included in a documentary film about gray whale research created by the UC Berkeley Department of Graduate Journalism. In this presentation Scott and Tree will discuss their motivation and process for observing, documenting and reporting on the variety of marine mammals that inhabit, frequent or migrate past the Mendocino coast.