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 »
Science Lectures - 2013
Please join Point Reyes National Seashore staff for Science Lectures, 45 minute presentations on scientific research being performed at Point Reyes and elsewhere in the California. Science Lectures are sponsored by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore. They usually occur at noon on many Thursdays throughout the year and are normally held at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore's Headquarters. All are welcome and admission is free.
Visit our Science Lectures page to learn about upcoming lectures.
Some of our Brown Bag Lectures in 2013 included:
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
At Darwin Island (Galapagos Marine Reserve), large, apparently pregnant whale sharks are encountered consistently in low numbers from June through November each year. By photographing and tagging them we have found that they do not reside at the island throughout this period, rather, they travel past it out to the open ocean then migrate back through Darwin and on eastwards to the coast of South America, where they spend the summer months in the cold, nutrient-rich upwelling coastal waters off Peru. Darwin Island is an important waypoint in a regional migration undertaken by large, probably pregnant female whale sharks. Although only a small number of individuals are present at the site at any given time, up to several hundred individuals may pass through the site in a season. This is the first study which shows bona fide migration, with several individuals returning through Darwin after moving large distances into the open ocean, and establishes connectivity with mainland Ecuador and Peru.
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bruce Rogers began cave exploring in New England in the 1950's. Since then he has explored the basements of North and Mesoamerica in addition to many of the island nations of the Pacific Basin. His wide-ranging spelean interests encompass mineralogy, geology, & geography, paleontology, cartography, and history. He is the author of numerous publications on caves and related subjects, usually illustrated with his own photographs and drawings. Bruce is a Fellow of several scientific societies. Since the early 1970's, increasingly restricted access to caves prompted his interest in conservation. As long-time supporter of conservation efforts, he brings a nation-wide perspective to the caving community. His interest in caves led to a formal education in geology and a position as a field geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, as well as cooperative earth science programs at the National Park Service and NASA. He is now retired after 8 years working in private geoscience and engineering firms and 33 years of Federal service.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
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...