Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
Reading Room: Photographs: Drakes Estero Wildlife Monitoring Cameras - 2008
Below are descriptions of directories containing the Wildlife Monitoring Camera photographs taken of the Upper Estero Far (UEF) and Oyster Bar (OB) harbor seal haul-out site within Drakes Estero during 2008. The cameras were programmed to capture images every minute from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and generally operated during the harbor seal breeding season. There may be gaps in the sequence of images when regular camera maintenance occurred and when there were camera malfunctions, dead batteries, full memory cards, etc.
When initially made available through this website, the photos of the UEF hual-out sites for March and April were not displayed in the subsequent directories in sequential order. We have since moved the tens of thousands of images from two folders/directories into multiple subfolders based on day and period of the day in an attempt to make it easier for users to access and find images.
Click on a hyperlinked date or date range below to open up the desired directory. Images are each ~300 KB in size.
UPPER ESTERO FAR
Did You Know?
Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...