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 »
Multimedia Presentations: Documentary Videos
The following videos are available for use with either QuickTime or Windows Media Player as "Low," "Medium," and "High" quality videos. The "Low" and "Medium" quality videos have a screen size of 320 pixels x 240 pixels, and the "High" quality videos have a screen size of 640 pixels x 480 pixels. All videos were compressed to 30 frames per second and have data rates of 270 to 383 Kbps for "Low" quality videos; 679 to 817 Kbps for "Medium" quality videos; and 1.46 to 1.86 Mbps for "High" quality videos.
Elephant Seals: Our Window To The Ocean, a 10 minute documentary filmed at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, depicts the remarkable and uplifting story of the northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris). Since time immemorial, vast numbers of elephant seals could be found breeding, molting, and rearing their young on the western seashores of North America. In the late 19th century American whalers hunted them to the point of near-extinction. The documentary describes how the recent resurgence of the elephant seal population at Point Reyes National Seashore and in the greater Pacific Ocean demonstrates the success of marine conservation laws and threatened species protections.
Sudden Oak Death: Battling an Invasive Disease explores the story of Phytophthora ramorum, a brown water mold of foreign origins which causes the disease known as Sudden Oak Death. This disease, which has been killing Tanoak trees at an alarming rate, was first documented in Marin County in the mid-1990s and has since spread up and down the North American west coast. Sudden Oak Death documents the history of the disease, describes its pathology, and explains what measures may prevent its spread in the future.
Tule Elk: California’s Legacy of Wildness chronicles the fascinating and inspirational story of the tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) which are native to California and can be viewed at the Tomales Point Tule Elk Reserve. Since pre-historic times, large herds of tule elk roamed California’s central valley and coastal plains. Unfortunately, they were hunted to near-extinction by the late 19th century. Tule Elk examines how the dramatic rebound of the tule elk population at Point Reyes National Seashore and in California at large demonstrates the success of threatened species protections and conservation laws.
Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...