Free Fishing Days: 2009

rod&reel Originally uploaded by helti Twice a year, anyone can fish without a license in California. It’s an easy and hassle-free way to give fishing a try. This year, the days are July 4 and Sept 7. From the CA Dept of Fish and Game web site: The Department of Fish and Game offers two…



Point Reyes Farmers Market 2009

[Click for information on the latest on the Point Reyes Farmers Market] UPDATED (4/7/09): The 2009 schedule has been set.  The market will open on June 27, 2009 and end on November 7.  I will update this post as more specific information arrives. In the meantime, check out the 2008 Point Reyes Farmers Market Schedule to…



Whale Watching and Spring Flowers

What’s happening in the park in late March 2009. Sounds like whale watching can be real hit or miss: “one day 5-10 per hour – the next day fog and wind and no whales to been seen! On calm days, excellent viewing from the Lighthouse area but with recent winds and fogs, numbers have been…



Time to See the Wildflowers at Point Reyes

This photo was taken by long-time friend of Point Reyes, Terrie of permie.net.  She said that these wildflowers were “along the trail at Point Reyes Bird Observatory’s Palomarin field station.  Nice little trail there. “



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…



Photo of the Weekend – 2009-02-23

A peaceful view of Arch Rock at Point Reyes. photo courtesy of jordanfischer.



Photo of the Weekend – 2009-02-16

Greg at this Life’s a Picnic took these photos on his recent trip to Point Reyes Station.  Made me hungry! We like to sneak out there for a morning walk through the streets before the crowds arrive. If headed to the shore we secure provisions from an assortment of food shops with a wonderful selection…



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…