The coastal and marine ecosystem off north-central California is one of the biologically richest ocean zones on the planet, but the sea life is largely hidden beneath the water’s surface. The just opened Ocean Exploration Center at Point Reyes National Seashore provides a new, expanded exhibit space to view and learn about the area.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Less than two years after an oyster-farming operation was shut down in Point Reyes National Seashore following a dispute that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, three environmental groups are challenging the National Park Service over the planned renewal of leases to cattle-ranching and dairy operations that have existed on the coastal California peninsula for 150 years.
Given all the superlatives of Point Reyes National Seashore, it’s amazing that exotic animals (cattle) that damage the landscape are permitted to continue grazing in a national park unit where native species and natural ecological processes are supposed to be given priority.
This is not an ordinary book review. The only reason I know about this book is because I read in the news that NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis had been disciplined for writing it, so this review will also discuss that context.
While there are more national seashores (10) than national lakeshores (4), there still aren't a lot of them when you consider there are 410 units in the National Park System. That said, which is your favorite national seashore, and why?
I’ve written a few times about the national parks I consider the best for birding, but several readers have asked which would be the best to visit to maximize the diversity of birds seen. When we talk about number of different birds seen, I always think about a big year. During a big year, a birder tries to see as many birds as possible in one calendar year within a certain geographic range, or under certain conditions.
The winter shuttle buses are running again at Point Reyes National Seashore in California for visitors interesting in viewing northern elephant seals that come to breed on the seashore's beaches, or hoping to glimpse migrating gray whales.
Two of the greatest backcountry trips I had this year involved float trips in Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park. Why? The solitude. Outside of our own small groups, it was as if we had the parks to ourselves.
What would the holidays be without the Christmas Bird Count? We’re here again to take a look at some selected CBC activities in the national parks this holiday season.
Officials at Point Reyes National Seashore in California are taking a look at how accessible their park is to all visitors, a study that will help address accessibility issues across the National Park System.