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 »
Another Successful Rare-Plant-A-Thon!
Contact: Michelle Coppoletta, 415-464-5242
Over the weekend of July 13 and 14, forty-seven volunteers joined park staff to participate in our fourth Point Reyes "Rare-Plant-A-Thon". Our volunteers had a wide diversity of experience and included Americorp volunteers, members of the GGNRA Habitat Restoration Team, university professors, and even a nine year old "junior botanist." Aside from simply enjoying the Seashore, our volunteers accomplished quite a bit over the course of the weekend. Here are some of the highlights:
* 10 unrecorded rare plant populations were located and documented! A few of these were new documented occurrences of two recent additions to the Seashore - the endangered Robust Spineflower (Chorizanthe robusta) and the Coast morning glory (Calystegia purpurata ssp saxicola).
* One population of the Endangered Tidestrom's lupine (Lupinus tidestromii) was censused and mapped.
* Two known rare plant population's boundaries were extended beyond their originally mapped area.
Once again, the "Rare-Plant-A-Thon" has demonstrated that you can't walk far in Point Reyes without encountering some sort of rare plant species! A heartfelt thank you to all those who gave their time and expertise to help Point Reyes.
Did You Know?
Deathcap mushrooms are found throughout the Point Reyes region and are the most poisonous mushrooms in the world. But they're fairly new arrivals here. They invaded the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1930s, likely brought over on cork trees from Europe for the wine industry. More...