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Park Wavelengths - October 2013

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths subscribers

Subject: Limantour Road Culvert Replacement

Be advised that the culvert replacement project on Limantour Road will wrap up by COB [close of business] on Thursday and the road will reopen to the public at 5:00 pm on October 31.

Dave Brouillette
Facility Manager, Point Reyes National Seashore
415-464-5153

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Daylight Savings' ending (fall back) coincides with a new moon and mid-morning very high tides (6.4+ ft.) this Sunday, November 3 and the following week. The new moon greets the Taurid meteor shower; 5–8 per hour, but very large and slow with persistent trains. They are seen throughout the week of November 4–12.

Those miniature "eggplants" on the trails are ripe bay nuts dropping from the trees. Peel away the soft outer coating for the hard shelled nut inside. They change from green to yellow to purple as they ripen. Also wandering on the trails are various caterpillars. The fuzzy rust-and-black-striped "Woolly bears" will become tiger moths.

Acorn woodpeckers are on the move, haunting the Visitor Center area for live oak acorns to stuff under the shingles. They return later in winter when the acorns rot and are full of nutritious bugs to eat.

The prescribed burn near the Estero Trail has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 30 this week.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center returns to winter hours, closing a half-hour earlier at 4:30 pm as of Sunday, November 3. Both Bear Valley and the Lighthouse Visitor Centers, and the stairs leading down to the Point Reyes Lighthouse are open on the Veterans Day holiday, Monday, November 11.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

As of 2:51 pm, firefighters are responding to a report of a vegetation fire in the Seashore; Coast Trail area off Limantour. Please avoid the area.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers

Press Release: Estero Prescribed Fire Planned for the Week of October 21, 2013

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Park roads and trails are being opened this morning. Bear Valley Visitor Center is open 10 am to 5 pm, weekdays; 9 am to 5 pm weekends. The Lighthouse will be opened tomorrow, regular hours Friday through Monday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Campgrounds are open. For additional information, call 415-464-5100.

Limantour Road remains closed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm as a contractor continues repairs on last winter’s slide. The road is open on weekends.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Due to a lapse in appropriations, Point Reyes National Seashore is closed. All trails, beaches, visitor centers, and other facilities (Hostel) are closed. All campground reservations are cancelled, as well as Special Park Uses permits (filming, weddings, etc.) until further notice.

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