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 »
Contact: Michelle Coppoletta, 415-464-5242
On May 11 and 12, Point Reyes National Seashore, with the support of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, hosted its third "Rare-Plant-A-Thon"! Sixty-six volunteers participated in this event traveling from as far as Davis, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Overall, we had 13 groups combing different areas of the Seashore surveying for and/or monitoring different rare plant species.
The following are the highlights of what was accomplished over the weekend:
* 13 unrecorded rare plant populations were located and documented. These included new occurrences of Endangered beach tidytips (Layia carnosa), Franciscan thistle (Cirsium andrewsii), Point Reyes Ceanothus (Ceanothus gloriosus var gloriosus), Perennial Goldfields (Lasthenia macrantha), dune gilia (Gilia capitata ssp chamissonis), and many more.
* 16 known rare plant populations were monitored and mapped and many of their population boundaries extended. This was quite an accomplishment as some of these rare plant populations were last documented in 1988!
* Endangered Sonoma Alopecurus (Alopecurus aequalis var sonomensis) plants grown from seed were transplanted into the wild at two sites as part of a restoration project.
The incredible weather and wildflowers (and even a few whales) made for a very successful weekend! Many of the participants have expressed interest in our fourth "Rare-Plant-A-Thon", scheduled for July 13 and 14. So mark your calendars and come out and join us in our ongoing effort to document unrecorded rare plant populations in the Seashore!
Did You Know?
Point Reyes National Seashore has established a sister park relationship with Kolkheti National Park in the Republic of Georgia. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, Kolkheti National Park protects an interesting variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna. More...