• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Park Wavelengths

Park Wavelengths is a bi-weekly email informing subscribers about events, closures, natural history, and cultural history at Point Reyes. If you would like to subscribe to Park Wavelengths, please email us. Please include "Would like to subscribe to Park Wavelengths" in the subject field and include your email address in the message. Or...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Subject: Prescribed burns in Olema Valley Slated for Week of September 22

Park Wavelengths Subscribers: Weather permitting there may be prescribed fires this week.

September 16, 2014 News Release:
Prescribed Burns Planned for Olema Valley to Begin Next Week on September 22, 2014
Fire Management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are planning up to four days of controlled burning along Highway One in the Olema Valley during the months of September and October.

Download Flyer: "2014 Fire Management Projects at Point Reyes - Olema Valley Prescribed Burns along Highway 1" (263 KB PDF)

Top of Page

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The full moon last Monday brings larger mid-day/afternoon high tides this week, ranging from 5.9 to 6 feet through Saturday. Plan early beach visits to avoid the high water. Autumn arrives on the calendar September 22, along with ripening acorns, as Coast Miwok and Pomo gather in the park to honor the blessings of this annual fall abundance.

The neon orange mat of fibers spreading through the Giacomini Wetlands is salt marsh dodder (Cuscuta salina). Its bright color contrasts with the quieter gray-green tones of the marsh. Also in bloom is coyote brush, with light-yellow fuzzy flowers on low-growing shrubs. In berry: smaller white berries appear on snowberry vines along Bear Valley Road.

Visitors have been bringing in images of sea hares from Tomales Bay. They have a unique waving movement while swimming. The name "sea hare" is due to two small antennae-like rhinophores reminiscent of rabbit ears located on their anterior end. They are plant eaters and take on their brownish-gray/spotted colors from the food they eat, similar to banana slugs on land!

New art on display at Bear Valley Visitor Center is from the Latino Photography Project. The exhibit displays park images through the eyes of local residents.

Autumn also brings the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, slated for September 20 at Drakes Beach from 10 am to 2 pm. Check in with Ranger John Reeves for more information at 415-464-5203.

Construction is occurring this week on the road to the Lighthouse near the Chimney Rock turnoff. Watch for flaggers and heavy equipment as a cattle guard is installed.

Top of Page

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Labor Day weekend approaches and we'd like to remind folks to plan for a safe visit to the park. Pack water, sunscreen, and hats, as well as layers of clothes for the variety of weather you may encounter. Beach goers keep an eye on the water and do not turn your back on the waves. Use caution with beach fires; pick up a free fire permit at a visitor center and bring your water buckets to make sure fires are completely out. All park visitor centers are open throughout the weekend for maps, information, and camping and beach fire permits.

Interested in laboring for the park? Enrollment is open for the annual elephant seal and whale watching docent program; volunteers attend training and are scheduled at the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock on winter weekends to help visitors learn more about these winter mammals. Want to get your hands dirty? Help is needed on alternate Sundays with habitat restoration. Details available at www.nps,gov/pore/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm . Volunteers are needed for the annual fundraising dinner for the non-profit association PRNSA. Details at www.ptreyes.org .

Top of Page

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.


Top of Page

2014 Archives
January February March April May June
July August September October November December

Did You Know?

Bull elephant seal with harbor seals

Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...