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: Other Documents of Interest: Upper Drakes Estero Harbor Seal and Oyster Activity Data
The data files posted here in separate ZIP files contain harbor seal data and oyster activity assessment data collected from the eastern shore of Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE) from March through June 2008 and April through July 2009.
In accordance with Executive Order 12906, these data files have been provided with metadata records following the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). Table and data field definitions can be viewed in the metadata records (5 Entity and Attribute Information). Metadata records for each of the databases also include a data quality section (2 Data Quality Information) that describes the error-checking, quality control, and quality assurance measures taken with each data set.
The metadata files have been provided in PDF format.
Datasheets completed in 2009 have not been entered into any digital format and have therefore been scanned and made available below as a single PDF document.
PORE_PHOCA_DE_Upper_2008 (135 KB Zip file containing a Microsoft Access Database)
Oyster Activity Worksheet (238 KB Zip file)
Oyster Activity Photolog Worksheet (25 KB Zip file)
Oyster Activity MapDetails Worksheet (78 KB Zip file)
Upper Drakes Estero Datasheets 2009 (2,171 KB PDF)
Upper Drakes Estero Datasheets 2010 (543 KB PDF)
Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...