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Friday, October 9, 2015

Subject: Park Wavelengths Subscribers: Winter Temporary Positions at Point Reyes

Park Wavelengths Subscribers: The park currently has two positions announced and open for applications online through a full-time winter position at park visitor centers and the one below—on-call weekends-only supporting the bus system (ideal for students, retired persons).

The following vacancy announcement has been posted to USAJOBS:

Announcement #: HRCSS-PORE-15-1514304
Who may apply: United States Citizens
Title/Grade: Visitor Use Assistant (Fee Collection), GS-0303-04
Type of appointment: Intermittent - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Duty Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Opening Date: 10/09/2015
Closing Date: 10/16/2015

Click on this link to view and print the vacancy announcement:

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Friday, October 9, 2015

The Nudibranches at Bear Valley are on the move! If you haven't seen Celeste's wonderful handmade creations, it is their last weekend at the visitor center. New artwork at the Bear Valley Visitor Center includes plastic marine debris shaped into fanciful displays by local school children.

We apologize for any misunderstanding about Humana's Senior Skip Day. In order to receive a free pass, seniors needed to print a voucher from the company's website to exchange at the visitor center. Seniors 62 years of age and older may purchase the Interagency Senior Pass year round for $10 at Bear Valley Visitor Center.

The Bear Valley and Lighthouse Visitor Centers are open on the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 12. All campgrounds are full for the weekend.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

As the equinox approaches next week on Wednesday, September 23, fall color decorates Olema Valley with crimson poison oak and golden big leaf maples dropping leaves. Purple eggplant-colored bay nuts are ripening on the trees. The full moon on September 27 will bring a lunar eclipse.

Checking on the seasonal changes in weather? There is a new address for the Lighthouse webcam for a view of the Great Beach (as well as occasional glimpses of carpenters working on new exhibits!):

Saturday, September 19, is the California Coastal Cleanup Day at Drakes Beach. No preregistration is needed for this annual event and the work gets under way at 10 am. (Note: leave the family pet at home; no dogs are allowed at Drakes Beach).

A small, 1/4-acre grass fire was put out last week [Friday] in the park off L Ranch Road. There was also a "tiny" wildfire in the community of Seahaven adjacent to and south of Tomales Bay State Park on Sunday. These serve as reminders that fall brings the warmest, driest weather in the area and fire danger remains a concern until winter rains.

New citizens will be welcomed at Bear Valley picnic area on September 25 at 11 am; the naturalization ceremony is open to the public.

Point Reyes rangers will be on hand for the Sonoma Birding's annual Optics and Nature Festival on Sunday, September 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Sonoma Barracks on the Plaza in Sonoma. Information on parks and recreation will be available as well as binoculars and optics.

Families with 4th graders: if you are heading to the California Coastal Cleanup Day or the Optics and Nature Festival, go online to and print your voucher to exchange for your free Every Kid in a Park pass. California Coastal Cleanup Day attendees may stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center on the way out to Drakes Beach. Optics and Nature Festival attendees should look for the Point Reyes booth!

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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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