January 13, 2009
The new moon rises January 26 with late afternoon low tides:
|Thursday, January 22
|Friday, January 23
|Saturday, January 24
Rain rain come again! Initial surveys on Olema and Redwood Creeks are described as 'dismal.' One live coho salmon and no redds (nests) were found in Olema Creek. In Muir Woods Redwood Creek, a live coho and seven live steelhead were noted with 2 coho and 4 steelhead redds recorded. Large storms and water are needed to bring the fish up the creeks as well as create deep pools for the redds.
Rain go away! The first wildflowers are appearing early due to warm temperatures -pinkish white Milkmaids (Dentaria Californica) of the shady woodlands, seen along Lucas Valley Road coming out to West Marin and around the visitor center. Daffodils pushing up in Point Reyes Station already!
Whale watching has been excellent this year; weekend counts of 8 to 9 per hour with a daily total of 39 reported on Sunday from the Lighthouse. The elephant seal colonies are in full "snort," pups being born, alpha males on alert, and younger males wrestling at the Lifeboat Station.
All park visitor centers will be open Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Holiday and shuttle busses will be operating if the weather is clear.
At Marin County's White House Pool park, the portable restroom has been temporarily removed due to concerns about flooding and possible water contamination; it will be returned in the spring.
New photo display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center this month, Nadine Heidacker, "Photos of Point Reyes."
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