Point Reyes National Seashore

Harbor Seal Pupping Season Leads To Access Restrictions At Point Reyes National Seashore

With harbor seals descending on Point Reyes National Seashore on the California coast for pupping season, restrictions on public access to various parts of the seashore take effect Thursday and run through the end of June.

Scrutiny On National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Ramps Up

As Republicans in Congress are investigating alleged misconduct of the National Park Service in its handling of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, California officials are pushing the company to explain its why it is out of compliance with its operating permit.
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After Two Years, Packing Strap Removed From Neck of Elephant Seal At Point Reyes National Seashore

An elephant seal that for two years struggled with a packing strap entangled around its neck recently was freed from the strangulating band at Point Reyes National Seashore, and biologists expect the animal to fully recover.

Slain Mount Rainier National Park Ranger 9th In Park Service History To Be Murdered In Line of Duty

When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year's Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records.

Congress Wants National Academy of Sciences To Review Oyster Farm Studies At Point Reyes National Seashore

Showing little faith in the National Park Service's ability to conduct sound science at Point Reyes National Seashore, Congress has inserted language into an appropriations bill that calls for the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the agency's science into the impacts of an oyster farm operating within the seashore.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Elephant Seals At Point Reyes National Seashore

It could, perhaps, be viewed as the wildlife equivalent of "Beach Party," the 1960s-era series of beach-based movies featuring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Only in this case, the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore is covered by elephant seals, not hormone-crazed twenty-somethings.

Reader Participation Day: Why Are National Parks So Controversial?

Why are national parks so dang controversial?

New Study Says More Studies Are Needed To Determine Impact of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. At Point Reyes National Seashore

While an oyster company operating at Point Reyes National Seashore seems to be influencing the behavior of harbor seals there, more research is needed to determine a "cause and effect," a new report concludes.

House Oversight Committee Looking Into Point Reyes National Seashore's Handling Of Oyster Farm Future

Questionable actions the staff of Point Reyes National Seashore has taken towards the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have drawn the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is launching an investigation into the fate of the oyster company.
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Point Reyes National Seashore Looking For Volunteers To Help With Wildlife Interpretation

How great would it be to spend some of your free time this winter helping educate visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore on elephant seals and gray whales? If you live near the California seashore, you could have such a job, albeit on a volunteer basis.

NPS Steps In to Keep Three California State Parks Open in 2012

Budget shortfalls are expected to result in the closure of up to 70 of the 278 California state parks, but thanks to help from the National Park Service, three of those sites will get at least a one-year reprieve. Projects in a fourth state site will also receive some additional NPS support.

Debate Over Oyster Farming At Point Reyes National Seashore Offers Differing Perspectives

Since 2005, Kenny Lunny has worked hard to clean up not only after his oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, but also after his predecessor's operation. So when he received word from the California Coastal Commission that it was concerned about "marine debris" from his company, he was surprised.

California Coastal Commission Questions Drakes Bay Oyster Co. On Trash In Point Reyes National Seashore

Barely a week after Point Reyes National Seashore officials released a draft environmental analysis assessing whether an oyster company is harming the seashore's waters, allegations have been made that the company has been dumping debris in the waters.
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Point Reyes National Seashore Releases Draft EIS On Oyster Farm Operation

A draft environmental impact statement examining an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore contains four possible alternatives, three of which would allow the operation to continue for at least 10 years if the Interior secretary agrees.

Politicians Past And Present Want Interior Secretary To Permit Oyster Farm At Point Reyes National Seashore

Via a series of letters, studies, and excoriations, politicians past and present are urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to permit the continued operation of an oyster farm in an area of Point Reyes National Seashore to be designated as official wilderness.

With Summer Arriving Tomorrow, Don't Find Yourself In National Park Search-and-Rescue Reports

With summer officially getting under way tomorrow, more and more folks will be heading out to the national parks for some summer fun. Just be sure to be careful out there so you don't find yourself added to a search-and-rescue report as these folks were.

National Park Quiz 95: National Seashores

Take this quiz and see whether your knowledge of the national seashores is up to speed. Answers are at the end. Don't peek.

Nominate A National Seashore "Hero" For The "Ocean Heroes Contest"

Seen any heroes down at the beach lately? The folks at Oceana, a non-profit that works to protects oceans, are looking for some heros.

These Ingenious "Meta-Bottles" Carry an Important Message from Point Reyes National Seashore

Stories about someone walking on a beach and finding a message in a bottle can capture our imagination, but a volunteer at Point Reyes National Seashore has used his imagination to turn the bottles themselves into the message--and he did it in a big way.

Interior Department Report Finds No Misconduct By Point Reyes National Seashore Staff In Review of Oyster Farm Impacts

National Park Service employees analyzing the impacts of an oyster farm on Point Reyes National Seashore "mishandled research," but did not engage in a criminal behavior or scientific misconduct, according to an Interior Department review of the matter.

Give Us A National Park, But Please, Not Its Regulations

We love our national parks. We love the wildlife they hold, the seashores with their sparkling sands, the forests with their wildlife and hiking trails, the soaring red-rock cliffs and plunging canyons. But please, don't ask us to abide by their regulations.

Public Comments Run Against Extension of Oyster Company Lease at Point Reyes National Seashore

Spurred by a U.S. senator determined to reverse congressional action from four decades ago, Point Reyes National Seashore officials are compiling a voluminous environmental impact statement on whether an oyster farm or official wilderness should occupy Drakes Estero.

111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Shuttle Bus Service at Points Reyes National Seashore To Resume January 1

Catching a glimpse of migrating Pacific gray whales and watching Northern Elephant seals come ashore to breed at Point Reyes National Seashore will be made a bit easier for visitors beginning in January when the seashore's shuttle bus service resumes.

As Winter Settles In, Seasonal Migrations Lend Interest to Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks

Seasonal migrations offer special opportunities to see wildlife herding and flocking, leaving, passing through, and arriving in our national parks.

Marine Wilderness at a Crossroads In Point Reyes National Seashore

A big decision at Point Reyes National Seashore could strike at the core values of our national parks. To protect the West Coast’s only marine wilderness or to commercialize it – that is the choice that Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar must make as he considers the fate of Drakes Estero, an estuary within Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

By the Numbers: Point Reyes National Seashore

The only national seashore on the West Coast is wondrous to behold, but tough to describe. Here are a few statistics that help take the measure of the place.

Mystery Fungus 1 Revealed: It’s the Death Cap

If you mistake the death cap for an edible mushroom, you’ll need emergency hospitalization. If you don’t get prompt medical treatment, it will likely cost you your liver or your life.

Training for Volunteer Weed Watchers Coming Up at Point Reyes National Seashore

Volunteer weed watchers at work.
If you mention the terms "weed" and "California" in the same sentence, some people will make an assumption about the subject at hand. NPS areas in the San Francisco area are looking for some volunteer "weed watchers," and the purpose of this project may be different than you expect.

Harbor Seal Pupping Season Is Upon Point Reyes National Seashore

Expect some access restrictions at Point Reyes National Seashore beginning Monday. That's because the harbor seal pupping season is upon us, and the national seashore boasts the "largest mainland, breeding colony of harbor seals in California."
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