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 »
Park Wavelengths - July 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The full moon of Friday, July 15—in Chinese tradition, the Hungry Ghost Moon, when ancestors return to earth to visit and feast—brings early morning low tides:
Late rains have kept the wildflower season going longer. Golden orange Sticky Monkey Flowers brighten Point Reyes Petaluma Road. The first fruits—lipstick red Thimbleberries—are ripening along Bear Valley Trail in the shaded areas. The rainy season also affected the northern section of the Coast Trail, which is still under water a mile south of the trailhead gate near the Hostel, as of last week. The creek has not lowered and feet will get wet!
Travelers into the area on weekends may wish to take alternative routes such as the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road or Nicasio Road. Delays of 30 to 45 minutes over the holiday weekend were reported at the stop sign on Sir Francis Drake Highway east of Olema where the road slid away last March.
The 31st annual Big Time Festival, celebrating Miwok and Pomo California skills, will occur on Saturday, July 16, with dancers and music, artists and children's activities. Bring a picnic and enjoy this free event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kule Loklo, the Coast Miwok Exhibit at Point Reyes.
The two new artist displays at the Bear Valley Visitor Center are Molly Brown's carefully drawn insects, as well as Vickisa Feinberg's local wildlife—red legged frogs, bobcats, and tree frogs!
Did You Know?
Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...