Category: Nature

The Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Update: Mid-August update 2011: The tule elk begin their annual rut season. Larger males sizing each another and establishing harems. On weekends, docents set up scopes at Tomales Point to get a closer look. The tule elk is a subspecies of elk that is unique to California. Nearly hunted to extinction during the Gold Rush, the tule…



Photo: Skimming Pelican

One of my favorite sights on the beaches of Point Reyes, captured perfectly by Stephen Fischer.



Point Reyes Restoration (from Near Residential Development)

What if Point Reyes was a fully developed with housing? Well, in the 1950s, things were heading that way. If you want to know how the area got saved, I recommend this book on the history of Point Reyes and the Bay Area parks.  Fortunately for us, the National Park service is continuing its mission…



Migrating gray whales; Bear Valley photo show; Abbots Lagoon dune restoration

What’s happening in the park in early March 2009. Northern migrating gray whales are moving past the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock in large numbers – up to 10 an hour seen over the weekend days helped by the warm calm weather. Elephant seal numbers continue to decline though a large bull parked himself in front…



2009 Audubon Canyon Ranch Schedule

I am a big fan of the Audubon Canyon Ranch at Bolinas, CA. It’s a peaceful place, where visitors can view the nesting sites of the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and the Snowy Egret. Kids also love the ponds full of wildlife. For the 2009 season, the 1,000-acre Bolinas Lagoon Preserve will open from…



What’s Going On in the Park: late Feb 2009

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: Daffoldils in bloom across the old bulb farm near the Hostel. Visitors may pick 6 flowers per day for personal use. Harbor seal pupping season begins Mar 1. Drakes Estero closes to boating and South Blue Gums Beach on Tomales Bay close from March 1st…



Salmon Update Feb 2009

Michael Reichmuth, fishery biologist for the National Park Service, had this sobering update about salmon spawning in the Point Reyes and West Marin area: After performing surveys on Olema, Redwood, and Cheda Creeks last week both field staff and volunteers were disappointed by the lack of new spawning activity. No coho were observed in both…



Thanksgiving Weeked 2008

After a big day of eating turkey and hanging out with the family, it’s time to flex your arms and legs and work off the second helping of stuffing!  Head out to Point Reyes. Here are some great things to do: See if the fish are spawning; check for updates and tours at SPAWN (Salmon…



Returning Tomales Bay Further Back To Nature (Wetlands Restoration)

For many folks who come and visit the Point Reyes area, Tomales Bay is a near-perfect retreat.  Quiet, peaceful and full of animals. But the wetlands at the south end of the Bay were turned into ranch land some 60 years ago.  But after years of planning and months of work by the National Park…



Park Wavelengths, 2008-09-23

The National Park Service publishes a newsletter about events, closures, natural history, and cultural history at Point Reyes. Riots of fall colors with the autumnal equinox this week – check out brilliant red poison oak along Limantour Road. The new moon rises Monday, September 29 with higher than usual daylight tides 5.4 – 5.9 feet…