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 week; numerous observations were made of breeding and wrestling in the colony this weekend.
  • New wildflowers blooming at Chimney Rock are Douglas Iris tiny violets and Chocolate Lilies. ¬†Marin County Open Space Rangers will be leading a walk ¬†from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am on February 19 to find early species; meet at the parking lot at Chimney Rock.
  • All park visitor centers will be open Monday, Presidents Holiday Weekend and if the weather is fair, Sir Francis Drake Highway will be closed at South Beach and shuttles operated.