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 »
Third Annual Rare Plant-A-Thon at Point Reyes
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
In May and July of 2001, Point Reyes National Seashore, with the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the California Native Plant Society, and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, hosted its first two “Rare-Plant-A-Thons”. More than 80 volunteers participated in the two weekends, traveling from as far as Sacramento, Davis, San Francisco, and Death Valley. The group had a diversity of botanical experience and included teachers, engineers, scientists, and members of the local Golden Gate Habitat Restoration Team.
The Rare-Plant-A-Thon is an effort to inventory unrecorded rare plant populations throughout the 71,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is host to over 900 species of flowering plants, which represents approximately 16% of the plant species known to occur in California. Presently, the Seashore supports 5 federally Endangered plants, 21 federal plant Species of Concern, and an additional 24 plant species that are listed by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) as rare. Since 1984, park staff and a devoted group of CNPS volunteers have monitored rare plant populations within the Seashore. However, prior to 2001, comprehensive information describing the abundance and distribution of many of these species did not exist.
As a result of the two “Rare-Plant-A-Thons”, twenty-one unrecorded rare plant populations were discovered, documented, and mapped. One new species, the rare Humboldt Bay owls-clover (Castilleja ambigua ssp. humboldtiensis) was added to the Seashore’s plant species list. Eight known rare plant populations were monitored and mapped and many rare plant population boundaries were extended beyond their previously mapped boundaries. Rare plant populations at two sites scheduled to undergo restoration projects were also monitored and mapped. Overall, the “Rare-Plant-A-Thons” were a positive and productive start to the ongoing effort to document and monitor rare plant populations within Point Reyes National Seashore.
On May 11th and 12th Point Reyes National Seashore is hosting its third Rare-Plant-A-Thon and is currently looking for volunteers to participate. Volunteers are provided with a brief training and are broken into groups and sent to different areas within the Seashore to survey for and/or monitor different rare plant species. Please contact Michelle Coppoletta or Shelly Benson at (415) 464-5242 for more details.
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...