Category: NPS

More Signs of Spring!

The latest from the National Park Service: The truest sign of spring at Bear Valley is the return of the gopher eating Great Blue Heron wandering the fields behind the visitor center! Wildflowers are here: fields of deep purple blue iris at Chimney Rock and the Estero Trail; yellow bush lupine beginning at the Lighthouse…



Life on the Edge: Special Winter Wildlife Events

Winter in Point Reyes often focuses on the wildlife. And the Park Service is partnering with local organizations to present a special week of events that focuses on wildlife and the area’s maritime heritage. Activities include field trips, slideshows, films, talks, volunteer field events, and special dinners. You can the schedule below or at the…



Prescribed Burns for Limantour and Hwy 1

UPDATED 10/30/09: The planned prescribed burns for this fall have been cancelled due to the early rain; the combination of heat and damp can create damaging steam for seeds. From the Point Reyes National Park Service: Fire Management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore plan to burn 45 acres along Limantour Road and 130 acres…



Springtime means critters! Harbor seals, plovers, owls, herons and bats

What’s happening in the park in early May 2009. So far this year, one snowy plover nest is being monitored. Enclosures of string and metal fencing along the Great Beach are reminders of where they are attempting to nest, please avoid these areas, look for the annual closures signs especially from Kehoe Beach South to…



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…



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

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: No word on salmon counts as of this writing. Once the sediment settles down after the rains, researchers hope to get out and look for fish along Olema Creek this week. Northern Elephant seal populations in the park peaked at 1320 animals last…



What’s Going On in the Park: mid Jan 2009

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: “Dismal” counts on live coho salmon and redds (nests) in West Marin creeks.  Everyone, please do your rain dances. The first wildflowers are appearing early due to warm temperatures -pinkish white Milkmaids along Lucas Valley Road and around the visitor center. Daffodils in…



What’s Going On in the Park: early Jan 2009

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: See the first coho salmon in the park.  From the Five Brooks trailhead, walk down the road to the short trail to John West Fork creek for viewing. During the December holiday bird count, there were three bald eagle sitings over Tomales Bay!…



What’s Going On in the Park: early Nov 2008

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: Coho salmon and steelhead trout have been massing in Tomales Bay waiting for the first flush of freshwater out of the creeks to begin their travels up the watershed The new boardwalk at Abbotts Lagoon is open Annual request from the trail crew as we…



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…