Park Wavelengths - November 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The new moon rises on Monday, December 2, coinciding with very high tides in the morning in the 6 foot range with negative low tides in the afternoon. Use caution on beach walks, as winter storms also create wave surges on beaches; do not turn your back on the ocean.
From the park fishery biologist: "The 2013–2014 spawner season will soon be upon us! Chinook salmon have been observed in Lagunitas Creek and its possible coho salmon have also started to migrate upstream. The last time we saw this cohort was during the winter of 2010–2011, when 21 redds were recorded on Olema Creek and three were seen on Redwood Creek."
Northern elephant seals are beginning their annual return to the beaches of the Headlands. First reports are coming in of males returning to Chimney Rock!
Fire season officially ended with the last rain. The park follows Spare The Air protocols. On days when Spare the Air Alerts are declared, no beach fire permits are issued.
The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open from 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday, November 28. Park roads and trails are open and protection staff remain on duty throughout the day.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
November's full moon continues the winter pattern of very high mid-day high tides in the 6 foot range with afternoon minus tides. The moon's brilliance will hide the Leonid meteor showers which peak on Sunday evening. It does not interfere with the bright planet Venus which appears just above Inverness Ridge in the evenings.
Bright scarlet sprays of berries along Limantour Road are Toyon berries a favorite winter snack for quail. Long eaten by the first Californians, later Spanish and American settlers added sugar to the cooked berries to make cider. They are also called Holly and Christmas berries. The town of Hollywood takes its name from this abundant California plant.
West Marin School artwork is up for November and December at the Bear Valley Visitor Center as part of the celebration of the 5 year Giacomini wetlands anniversary.
Reminder: The park will sponsor an electronic waste drive on Friday, November 15 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. No early bird drop-offs to this free event!
Recently retired long time trails foreman Bill Michaels, who shepherded generations of YCC youths and trail workers, passed away last week. He leaves a legacy of 140 miles of trails for generations to enjoy. Long time Kule Loklo supporter Frank Ross also passed away. He worked closely with Lanny Pinola on special events such as Big Time, preparing the pit roasted deer and fry bread booths.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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