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 »
Coastal Restoration at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Contact: Jane Rodgers, 415-464-5190
Point Reyes National Seashore is stepping up efforts to improve habitat for the federally-threatened Western snowy plover at Abbotts Lagoon. Exotic plants have taken over significant sections of coastal dune habitat at the Seashore, and park staff have been working for the past several years to turn back the tide on this invasion. Using hand tools, invasive nonnative European beachgrass and iceplant have been removed from over 30-acres of rare coastal dune habitat. Restoration project biologists work closely with biologists from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. This project has significantly benefited several rare species in addition to the plover, including a small annual wildflower, beach layia, and the perennial Tidestrom’s lupine.
Starting October 25, equipment will be working south of Abbotts Lagoon to treat a 5-acre section of dense beachgrass. Workers will be on site through November 19 clearing out large sections to create snowy plover habitat before the breeding season starts in March. This project is supported through funding from the Cape Mohican oil spill recovery plan, and should result in restoration of 20-acres of habitat by the fall of 2005.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...