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Thursday, July 6, 2015

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower ushers in the summer night shows! These faint showers appear mid-July and peak on July 28. July finishes off on the 31st with a blue moon—the second full moon in the calendar month of July.

Recent high tides have created "Lake Drake." To reach the beach at Drakes Beach requires some wading, or a longer walk on the south side of the beach to get around the water.

The spring smolt trapping data analysis was completed with an estimated 2,343 coho salmon smolts migrating out of Olema Creek to begin their saltwater life. The estimate was higher than expected, given the low numbers observed last summer. The smolts that survive their ocean time will return as adult fish in 2016–2017.

The Woodpecker Trail has been closed for safety due to a hazardous tree. We will keep you posted when the trail reopens.

The 36th Annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, the Coast Miwok Exhibit, will occur on Saturday, July 18 from 10 am to 4 pm. This free event highlights traditional California dancers, basketmakers, and flintknappers. Vendors will sell a variety of crafts and educational materials. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The full moon on Thursday, July 2 ushers in the holiday weekend! Get your pie pans ready as the first ripe blackberries are being seen (and picked!) in areas of full sun along Highway 1. Brilliant scarlet thimbleberries are also ripening in the shade of Bear Valley Trail.

Scientists tracked a pink-footed shearwater traveling from Chile to Alaska. Of note: the bird spent two days at Point Reyes compared to only one day at other tracked locations!

[Harbor] Seal protection measures were lifted on Wednesday, July 1. Non-motorized boats may return to Drakes Estero and boaters may land at South Blue Gums Beach.

Fireworks are not permitted in Marin County, including Point Reyes National Seashore. All campgrounds are full over the holiday weekend and boat-in permits are also sold out.

New hours for July and August at Bear Valley Visitor Center; the visitor center will be open until 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Lighthouse will be open an extra day—Thursdays—through August. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open weekends and Mondays (check ahead as it may close if staffing shortages occur).

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths list from California State Parks at Tomales Bay

Subject: Coast Weeks-TBSP

See attached flyer. (49 KB PDF)

Cathleen Cannon
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Bay Area District Marin Sector
845 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
707 769-5652 x225
in office Tues.- Thurs.-Fri.

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California
by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity,
protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources,
and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
For more information, visit

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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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