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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore Named as One of America's "Globally Important Bird Areas"
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
In an announcement last week, Point Reyes National Seashore was officially named to the 100 "Globally Important Bird Areas" list by the national non-profit organization, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in recognition of its significance in the ongoing effort to conserve wild birds and their habitats.
One of America’s greatest coastlines, Point Reyes National Seashore comprises over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres of wilderness area. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal grasslands, salt marshes, and coniferous forests combine to create a haven of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. As wildland habitat is lost elsewhere in California, the relevance of the Point Reyes Peninsula increases as a protected area with a notably rich biological diversity. Recently, Population Action International has also listed Central California as one of the top 25 global biologically diverse hotspots. These hotspots are "considered to be the most threatened of all biologically rich terrestrial regions of the world." Over 45% of North American avian species have been seen in the park due to the variety of habitat and uniqueness of the geology. Six Federally-listed threatened and endangered bird species exist within the Seashore and an additional thirty-three species of birds are listed as Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Superintendent Don Neubacher stated, "Point Reyes is truly a magnificent peninsula and we will do our best to ensure its long-term future."
Dr. Sarah Allen, Science Advisor at the Seashore added, "The sheer number of bird species seen along the Point Reyes Peninsula reconfirm its importance to the ecosystem. This truly is one of America’s national treasures, providing habitat and food for resident species as well as migratory birds."
ABC’s Global IBA program aims to identify and protect a network of key sites to further bird conservation efforts. IBA programs have been initiated throughout the world, including Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador as well as the United States.
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...