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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. 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 »
Join Other Wildlife and Outdoor Enthusiasts in the 2008 Winter Wildlife Docent Program!
Contact: Melinda Repko, 415-464-5134
Winter is far from a dormant season at Point Reyes National Seashore. Northern elephant seals haul out on Seashore beaches to give birth and breed. Pacific gray whales are making their annual migration along our shores. Before long, wildflowers will blanket the grasslands with splashes of color. Volunteer docents provide public education and outreach to the many visitors journeying out to the Seashore to enjoy these winter wonders.
New volunteers are required to attend a free three-day training and must agree to work two weekend or holiday days each month, January through March. Training will be held at Point Reyes National Seashore on November 18th and December 1st & 2nd, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Training topics will include marine mammal natural history, new research discoveries and marine ecology.
For inquiries, please call Melinda Repko at 415-464-5134.
Currently, the number of elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore has topped 1,800 animals. Elephant seals can be found at the Headlands of the Point Reyes between December and late March during the pupping and breeding season, and in the summer months for molting. Their increasing numbers and the creation of satellite colonies on other beaches in the National Seashore has made visitor education a priority with the Winter Wildlife Docent Program.
Pacific Gray Whales
Take this opportunity to become an active steward of Point Reyes National Seashore and the wildlife it protects. For more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/pore.
Did You Know?
So many California red-legged frogs were caught for consumption in the late 1800's that their numbers declined throughout California. So bullfrogs were imported from the east to help meet the demand. But bullfrogs are voracious predators and helped drive the red-legged frog population lower yet. More...