2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »
Fire Ecology - Research
The objectives of fire research at PRNS are two-fold. The primary research objective is to collect and analyze data on specific biological resources in a scientifically rigorous manner to determine positive or adverse effects of prescribed burning on targeted resources. The secondary objective is to improve the knowledge base about prescribed fire and wildfire such that fire research will contribute both to science and to fire management.
Research has been conducted by park staff and by outside researchers. It is the goal of the fire program at PRNS to continue in-park research efforts and to recruit high caliber research from outside organizations.
Forrestel, Alison B, M.A. Moritz, and S.L. Stephens, Landscape-Scale Vegetation Change following Fire in Point Reyes, California, USA, Fire Ecology, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 114-128, 2011 (1,217 KB PDF)
R. Scott Anderson's Brown-bag Seminar Presentation "Contrasting Vegetation and Fire Histories on the Point Reyes Peninsula During the Pre-Settlement and Settlement Periods," February 2006 (5,198 KB PDF)
Did You Know?
On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...