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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