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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A new moon on Saturday, November 22, brings in the holiday week with very high tides over 6 feet in the morning. The best beach walking will be after noon.

A moment of quiet in the landscape as tule elk end their breeding season and feathered migrants have moved south. A few young elephant seals are on park beaches with larger males anticipated sometime in December, along with the first southbound gray whales. As noted, mushrooms are early this year. Many species associated with pine and fir forests are out while none of the species associated with oaks have been noted.

West Marin School's annual Turkey Trot foot race takes place on Monday, November 24, with children jogging between Bear Valley [Trailhead] and Divide Meadow. Plan accordingly as the students will be running in small groups between 9:30 am and noon.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 am to 2 pm, while the Bear Valley Visitor center will be open from 9 am to 2 pm for the holiday. Roads and trails are open with park staff on duty.

New artwork—black and white images of western landscapes—at the Bear Valley Visitor Center is from Eli Geller.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers:

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Subject: Brush Fire Near Point Reyes Hostel, Monday, November 17.

Last night at about 7 pm, strong winds along the coast brought down a power line onto the brushy hillside above the Point Reyes Hostel. The winds blew cross slope, pushing the fire downhill. Marin County Dispatch was notified and a strong county-wide response was started. In all, seven units from Marin County, the Inverness Park Volunteer Fire Department, and NPS Fire Fighters responded.

The visitors and staff at the Hostel and local residents were evacuated. Fire fighters oversaw the scene until PG&E could arrive and shut down the live power lines. Once the power was shut down, firefighters quickly put out the fire. Visitors and residents were allowed to return to their facilities by midnight and most units cleared the scene up by 3 am. Firefighters will remain on scene through Tuesday.

In all, about 1.6 acres of brush burned.

If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Reeser, Fire Management Officer.

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John Golda
Park Ranger
(415) 464-5143 – office

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers - the fee collection position is part-time on call at Drakes beach during the winter - ideal for students!

New vacancy announcements have been posted to USAJOBS for the following positions at Point Reyes National Seashore:

Announcement #: SROC-PORE-15-1253690
Who may apply: US Citizens
Title/Grade: Visitor Use Assistant (Fee Collection), GS-0303-04
Type of appointment: Intermittent - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Duty Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Opening Date: 11/07/14
Closing Date: 11/13/14

Click on this link to view and print the vacancy announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385727700

Announcement #: KLBA-15-1254002-DE-SR
Who may apply: US Citizens
Title/Grade: Maintenance Worker, WG-4749-05
Type of appointment: Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Duty Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Opening Date: 11/07/14
Closing Date: 11/13/14

Click on this link to view and print the vacancy announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385919700

Announcement #: KLBA-15-1254229-DE-SR
Who may apply: US Citizens
Title/Grade: Maintenance Worker, WG-4749-07
Type of appointment: Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Duty Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Opening Date: 11/07/14
Closing Date: 11/13/14

Click on this link to view and print the vacancy announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385919600


Sara Rodriguez
Human Resources Assistant
NPS, PWR - Klamath/Bay Area SHRO
1 Bear Valley Road/Admin Building
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-464-5209 (office @ PORE) Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri
415-561-4775 (office @ GOGA) Thurs
415-464-5182 (fax)
email

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Six-foot-plus mid-morning tides accompany the full moon this Thursday, November 6. Lots of moonlight will wash out the Taurid meteor shower. No worry, the Leonid meteor shower may be seen in the upcoming weeks, peaking on November 17.

Ladybugs, aka ladybird beetles, have been zipping around the Douglas fir trees in Bear Valley as they prepare to mass and migrate toward inland valleys where plentiful supplies of aphids may hold them through the winter. Some of these species also overwinter amongst oak leaf litter.

Bear Valley Visitor Center began winter hours this week closing at 4:30 pm each day; opening at 10 am on weekdays and 9 am weekends and federal Holidays. Bear Valley will be open on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.

Brown Bag Lunch topic this week at 12:30 pm on Thursday, November 6, in the Red Barn at park headquarters is "Spotted Owls of West Marin". The program is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers:

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014

Subject: National Park Service to Host Community Workshops for the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan

Please see the attached press release: National Park Service to Host Community Workshops for the Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Melanie

Melanie Gunn
Outreach Coordinator
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 464-5131

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Tottori University drift transponder.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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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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