Point Reyes National Seashore

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."

Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Promoted to Yosemite National Park

Don Neubacher, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service who has spent the past 15 as superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, is moving over to take the helm at Yosemite National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Which is Your Favorite National Seashore?

Which is your favorite national seashore, and why? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, no?

Looking To Gain A Little Structured Education On Your National Park Trip?

Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.

Search for Missing Woman Underway at Point Reyes National Seashore

McClures Beach area
A search for a missing California woman is into its third day at Point Reyes National Seashore. Her vehicle was found in a trailhead parking lot above an area of steep cliffs along the Pacific coast.

Weekend Shuttle at Point Reyes National Seashore Eases Congestion for Winter Whale and Seal Watchers

Point Reyes scene.
Winter is prime time for watching gray whales and elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, but increased traffic was overwhelming parking areas and roads. A shuttle system on weekends and holidays beginning in late December eliminates the congestion and allows more visitors to enjoy the wildlife.

Ecologists at Point Reyes National Seashore Testing Ways to Restore Native Dune Grasses

Ecologists at Point Reyes National Seashore this month are experimenting with ways to remove non-native vegetation that is invading the habitat of native dune plants such as Tidestrom’s lupine.

National Park Quiz 74: Ranches

Lots of land in the national parks once served ranch functions, and a good deal of it still does. Let’s see if you are up to speed in this subject area. Answers are at the end of the quiz. If we catch you peeking we’ll make you ride drag on the next cattle drive and see what “eating dust” really means.

Tidewater Goby Translocation: A Little Fish Gets a Big Boost

The tiny fish called the tidewater goby doesn’t get the publicity that the Devils Hole pupfish gets, but like that other little fish this endangered species is getting a helping hand. Gobies from Point Reyes National Seashore were recently translocated to establish a new population at a protected site on Tomales Bay.
Restoring landscapes can be as simple as cleaning them up and letting nature take over. This video shows how humans and nature collaborated to restore nearly 600 acres of wetlands in Tomales Bay at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Point Reyes National Seashore To Mark One-Year Anniversary of Wetlands Recovery

Landscapes can heal themselves if given the tools, which sometimes involve no more than removing litter and pollution. At Point Reyes National Seashore, a wetlands that once had been impacted by levees and dairy operations is luring river otters and even bald eagles just one year after it was restored.

Mark Your Calendar To Attend Lighting of the Point Reyes Lighthouse

To step back into the seafaring past, if only for an hour, plan on attending one of the upcoming lightings of the Point Reyes National Seashore Lighthouse.

Coalition Calls for Sen. Feinstein's Rider Extending Life of Oyster Farm at Point Reyes National Seashore To Be Stripped

Some push-back has surfaced against U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein's efforts to see oyster farming continue in an area of Point Reyes National Seashore that has been destined for official wilderness designation.
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Does Ashy Storm Petrel Ruling Imply that Bush-Era “Ignore the Science” Policies are Being Perpetuated at DOI?

Brushing aside scientific evidence that the ashy storm petrel population is in profound decline, the Interior Department has ruled that this seabird doesn’t deserve federal protection. Having expected better from the new administration, disappointed environmentalists think it looks like same-old, same-old at Interior.

Marine Protected Areas Enhance Ocean Resources Management in California National Parks

New marine protected areas are in the offing for California’s North-Central Coast. These new MPA's will facilitate ocean resource management in the coastal waters of Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
To those who love mushrooms, what could be finer than sauteing up a mess of freshly collected 'shrooms to go along with your freeze-dried dinner or the trout you hooked in the backcountry of a national park? A teaspoon of garlic, a dash of salt, and a couple cranks of the pepper mill and you'll have a wonderful complement to your meal. Unless, of course, you picked the wrong mushroom, in which case this could be your last meal.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

At Point Reyes, an Annual Festival Highlights Native American Crafts and Skills

The 29th annual Big Time Festival, a celebration of Native American crafts and skills, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Kule Loklo in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Is Senator Feinstein Speaking Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth on National Park Matters?

National parks very well may be one of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's loves, but oysters seemingly trump her view of national park values.

National Research Council Blasts Park Service Report on Oyster Farming at Point Reyes National Seashore

National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.
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Car Clouter with a Cannon? Point Reyes National Seashore Case has an Unusual Twist

Point Reyes lighthouse.
An investigation into several vehicle break-ins at Point Reyes National Seashore resulted in the arrest of a suspect, and then the case took an unusual twist: the man had a loaded, homemade cannon in the bed of his pickup.

Of Gray Whales, National Parks, and Climate Change

Migrating gray whales are a common sight in the nearshore waters of the Pacific Coast, and two of the region’s national parks are whale watching hotspots. Now the timing of the gray whale migrations has shifted perceptibly, fewer whales are passing close to shore, and whale watchers will need to be more flexible.

Wetlands Restoration Project at Golden Gate National Recreation Area is Well Worth the Cost

It cost $12 million to create the newly flooded Giacomini Wetlands at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is not just an exercise in “feel good” environmental action. Because wetlands provide many valuable benefits, this project will more than pay for itself.

Prime Location and Varied Habitat Help Make Point Reyes National Seashore a Biodiversity Treasure Trove

Point Reyes National Seashore plays a vital role in maintaining healthy biodiversity. A prime location and key physical factors have combined to make the park, which marks its 46th anniversary September 13, one of the six most biologically significant areas of the U.S. The variety of life found there is astonishing.

Why Stop At Golden Gate National Recreation Area? What Other NRAs, Monuments, Etc., Should Be Renamed?

What's in a name? That's a good question in light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unsolicited bid to turn Golden Gate National Recreation Area into a "national park."

Park History: The U.S. Life-Saving Service

Fierce winter storms and shifting shoals gave birth to the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," where thousands of ships have foundered since record-keeping began in the 16th century. Beginning late in the 18th century, rescuers began patrolling the East Coast in search of such wrecks.
Northern elephant seals are huge marine animals, with males weighing more than two tons. Point Reyes National Seashore is a great place to view these animals, but not in summer. Rather, come either late or early in the year when the seals congregate on the seashore's beaches to breed and give birth.

How We View National Parks Today Matters For Tomorrow

We all love America's national park system, but we often have different expectations about local federal parks than about places farther away. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in arguments about Point Reyes National Seashore.

Elephant Seals Returning to Point Reyes National Seashore For Breeding

They're big, the males are ugly, and it's best to keep your distance. Yep, it's time for the Northern elephant seals to breed and pup at Point Reyes National Seashore.
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