• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 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 »

Reading Room: Photographs and Videos

The photographs and video clips on this page have been requested by members of the public or media and are now being provided to the general public. Most of the photographs were taken with a remote wildlife monitoring camera positioned in Drakes Estero from 2007 through 2010. For more information about how the park monitors wildlife with remote cameras, visit our Wildlife Monitoring and Wildlife Viewing Camera Systems at Point Reyes National Seashore: Frequently Asked Questions page. The video clips were taken in 2008 of Drakes Estero and are associated with the Upper Drakes Estero Harbor Seal and Oyster Activity Data found in the Other Documents of Interest page. Because of the large number of photographs associated with this page, some photos may not be available at this time. This website will be updated with additional photographs regularly.

Map of Drakes Estero with locations of wildlife monitoring cameras, approximate camera angles, and haul-out sub-sites from 2007 to 2010. (204 KB PDF)

Key to haul-out sub-site abbreviations

UEF = Upper Estero Far
OB = Oyster Bar
UEN = Upper Estero Near
A = Main Haul-out
A1 = Next to Main Haul-out
DBS = Sandbar attached to land
DEM = Drakes Mouth Sandbars
L = Limantour Spit


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