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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tuesday’s full moon ushered in early morning minus tides, providing good tide pooling opportunities:

Date Time Height
Saturday, June 6 8:26 am -1.0 feet
Sunday, June 9:17 am -0.7 feet

Yellow bush lupine abloom at Tomales Point heralds the end of spring. Flowering shrubs include elderberry in light yellow puffs along Sir Francis Drake Highway.

Fire season has officially begun in the Seashore. Be sure to pick up a free beach fire permit if you plan to have a fire on the beach. Permits are not issued on high fire danger days [nor on Very High or Extreme fire danger days]. Check equipment for spark arresters; be sure to clear defensible space around structures; check your vehicle when parking in dry grass to be sure catalytic convertors don't ignite a fire.

On Sunday, June 7, Highway 1 will be closed from noon to 1 pm in both directions through the town of Point Reyes Station to accommodate an annual parade. A detour is available. Watch for highway patrol and sheriff's staff on the road as you enter Point Reyes Station.

Wonderful new artwork on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center is the annual Poetry and Art competition child and teen winners from the California Coastal Commission. Amazing words, colors, and themes around the ocean!

Volunteer to work on the northern end of the Estero Trail this Saturday, June 6, which is National Trails Day. Details available at

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The annual gray whale migration has trickled off, with 14 seen on Saturday. Humpback whales have been observed lingering off Stinson and Limantour beaches, which is unusual for this time of year. They tend to move around in one place as they blow bubble nets around schools of fish to trap and confuse their eventual dinner.

White flowers are everywhere. The tall, cauliflower-like blooms are cow parsnip, which can grow to 4 to 5 feet high. It looks like a good year for blackberries, which are also flowering (smaller pinkish-white flowers).

The first snowy plover chick hatched April 29! A temporary closure on the Great Beach is in place for the holiday weekend to help the chicks withstand the rugged environment and plethora of predators. The closure begins 0.5 miles north of North Beach towards Abbotts Lagoon.

A special Memorial Day remembrance of the surfmen who lost their lives in this area is scheduled for Friday, May 22 at 9 am at the historic cemetery off Sir Francis Drake Highway at the Coast Guard station turn off. The public is welcome to attend with park staff and Coast Guard officers from the local communication station.

The Bear Valley and the Lighthouse visitor centers are open for the holiday weekend. All camping permits have been sold for the holiday weekend at Point Reyes boat-in and hike-in sites.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Subject: Tule Elk at Tomales Point--Frequently Asked Questions

Hi all,

The park is receiving a number of inquiries regarding the status of tule elk at Tomales Point. As a result, we have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions for our website:

Please feel free to share widely, and let me know if you have any questions.


Melanie Gunn
Outreach Coordinator
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 464-5131

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Tottori University drift transponder.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Researchers from Tottori University in Japan are tracking tsunami debris by releasing brightly colored drift bottles (see photo to the right). If you come across one on local beaches, please follow instructions on how to contact the researchers.


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