Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: Summary of Construction Under Phase I and II: What Was Done to Minimize Impacts to Threatened and Endangered Species?
summary of construction under phase I and II includes:
Construction in areas such as Tomales Bay, which is home to many threatened and endangered species, required careful coordination between Park Service biologists, the construction manager, and the construction contractor. During both years, the Park Service provided oversight for environmental monitoring, ensuring that impacts to wetlands and other key habitats were minimized; proper erosion control and pollution prevention measures were implemented or installed; and all work areas were surveyed and cleared of special status species prior to construction.
Construction contractors were required to adhere to strict timelines on when construction could start to ensure that most of the breeding season for particular special status species was complete. Construction areas had to be "cleared" or surveyed prior to start of individual construction components according to specific species protocols. Clearance surveys were either performed in-house by Park Service biologists or by contractors such as Avocet Research Associates (Point Reyes Station, CA) and Leslie Wood Consulting. In addition, for certain areas and activities, biologists needed to be on-site during construction to clear or survey for species.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...