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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower may be viewed over the July 25–27 weekend. The small, crescent moon should making viewing easy. About 20 meteors per hour are predicted.

It has been a particularly bloom-filled year for yellow bush lupine, which remains flowering along Sir Francis Drake Highway toward the Lighthouse. The first blackberries are in fruit; picking fruit [sic] is permitted in the park for personal use - two quarts per person per day. [Please note: not all fruit may be picked in the National Seashore. Per the Superintendent's Compendium, only blackberries, raspberries, thimbleberries, gooseberries, salmonberries, huckleberries, or apples may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. - Ed.]

It's Big Time! The annual celebration of traditional California life is slated for Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10 am to 4 pm at Kule Loklo, the Coast Miwok Exhibit. Dancers, basketmakers, and flintknappers will demonstrate their skills. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day.

A public scoping meeting on the planning process for Sir Francis Drake Highway improvements from Pierce Point Road to A Ranch is scheduled for July 22 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Red Barn Classroom. A multi-agency consortium is gathering information on public concerns and answering questions about the proposed project.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

All park visitor centers will be open this holiday weekend. At Bear Valley, most exhibits have reopened after the lighting retrofit that will reduce energy consumption 51% annually!

Wind and dry weather conditions heighten fire danger. Check at visitor centers for beach fire permits before heading out. Fireworks are not permitted in Marin County, the county in which Point Reyes is located.

Beach visitors remember: do not turn your back on the ocean!

A temporary beach closure on the Great Beach between North Beach and Abbotts Lagoon is in place from Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, to protect nesting snowy plover during this critical phase. In 2013, of 11 newly hatched chicks, only three survived past the 4th of July weekend. It is hoped the temporary closure will protect this threatened species. Map (288 KB PDF)

New photography exhibit at the Bear Valley Visitor Center from Kevin Loslaw of nature scenes from around the state.

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Tottori University drift transponder.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Researchers from Tottori University in Japan are tracking tsunami debris by releasing brightly colored drift bottles (see photo to the right). If you come across one on local beaches, please follow instructions on how to contact the researchers.


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Did You Know?

Humboldt Squid. © Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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...