Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
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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 »
"Broken Wings: Portraits of Non-releasable Raptors" Photography Exhibit and Artist Lecture
Contact: Carola DeRooy, 415-464-5125
Contact: John Perry, 415-566-5681
Photographic exhibit “Broken Wings: Portraits of Non-releasable Raptors” is opening now through March 25, 2008 at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes. The exhibition tells the stories of 20 eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls that cannot be released to the wild due to their injuries. These injuries illustrate a complex interaction between humans and natural world.
Photographer and naturalist, John Perry, tells each raptor’s story through a portrait and text that relates each bird’s life history. Unlike other images of raptors, the “Broken Wings” exhibit portrays each subject as an individual with a unique story, and each story educates viewers about the plight of raptors and how to help protect them. “I want viewers to feel a connection to raptors and the natural world, and at the same time inspire them to help protect these magnificent predators,” says Perry. “Broken Wings” features an introduction by Allen Fish, a renowned raptor biologist and director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Fish writes in his introduction, “The lives of wild raptors are both magnificent and vulnerable. And we owe it to them to try to understand their real lives as they hunt and nest, and as they survive and die.”
The public is invited to attend the artist lecture, which will be on Saturday, December 15, 2007 starting at 2 PM. Perry will discuss the creation of the exhibit and highlight some of the threats raptors face in the wild. The gallery is open by appointment only Mon-Friday 9-4. Call 415-464-5125 or 415-464-5218 to schedule a viewing. The Red Barn Classroom is located at the Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
About the Photographer
Did You Know?
Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...