Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 - March 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
The full moon on March 27 follows the spring equinox on March 20. Nez Perce people call it the "flower moon" after the abundant edible Camas lilies. Spring is blooming throughout the park and, with the recent rains, the wildflower season is beginning.
Observations from this year's northern elephant seal season include fewer females pupping at Drakes Beach "preferring to utilize other less crowded areas...such as new beaches created by landslides." Overall, at the peak of the season, 1,737 seals were counted, up from 1,679 in 2012 and 1,451 in 2011. Sightings of northbound gray whales continue to be elusive due to fog and wind at the coastal viewing areas.
Tule elk are growing new antlers. They are still fairly small and covered in velvet. As the antlers grow larger, the velvet drops away, or the deer sometimes rub against tree trunks to speed up the process.
Did You Know?
The Endangered Species Act turned 40 on December 28, 2013. 99 percent of the plants and animals protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray whale, and peregrine falcon, all of which can be seen at Point Reyes. More...