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Winter Special Events: Celebrating Life on the Edge

Point Reyes National Seashore is partnering with the West Marin Chamber of Commerce, West Marin Visitors Bureau, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Point Reyes National Seashore Association to bring to you the first of our Special Events Weeks in the winter of 2010. We invite you to come visit Point Reyes National Seashore this winter to see and experience our majestic winter wildlife and maritime heritage! Winter Special Events: Life on the Edge has a special seasonal focus on our marine wildlife and other ocean topics. Activities include field trips, slideshows, films, talks, volunteer field events, and much more! The special events hosted by local businesses include special dinners paired with discussions and films by local experts, as well as a kayak tour of the Giacomini Wetlands.

Download the Winter 2010 Special Events: Celebrating Life on the Edge flyer (438 KB PDF)

For questions, contact:
Jessica Luo, Ocean Education and Outreach Coordinator, 415-464-5132, email
or
Melanie Gunn, Volunteer Program Manager, 415-464-5131, email

Events denoted by an asterix * are hosted by local businesses and need additional reservation or payment. Space is limited. See the Special Events Hosted by Local Businesses RSVP and Contact information below for more details.

 
Gray Whale

Saturday, January 16
*9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
PRNSA Field Seminar, Drawing Nature's Contours with Joan Hoffmann


Sunday, January 17

1:30 p.m., Gray whale interpretive talk & viewing at Point Reyes Lighthouse with rangers

 
Kayaker © Galen Leeds Photography

Monday, January 18
*11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Naturalist led kayak tour of Giacomini Wetlands, Blue Waters Kayak cancelled due to weather

4:00 p.m., Slideshow on marine protected areas and film: A Sheltered Sea (23 min) at Bear Valley Visitor Center

 
(Left) Beach Cleanup Volunteers with orange trash bags filled with litter. (Right) Replica of forged plate Sir Francis Drake is recorded to have left at site of his summer 1579 Nova Albion camp.

Tuesday, January 19
11:00 a.m., Films: Acid Test (15 min) and Our Synthetic Sea (22 min) at Bear Valley Visitor Center

2:00 p.m., Volunteer Event: Beach Cleanup at Drakes Beach cancelled due to weather

*5:00 p.m., Plate of Brass historical controversy talk with Edward Von der Porten and Dinner at Drakes Beach Café

 
Historic RCA Coast Station KPH

Wednesday, January 20
11:00 a.m., Slideshow on the history of the Point Reyes Peninsula with historic photos at Bear Valley Visitor Center

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Maritime Radio Historical Society open house at North District Operations Center cancelled due to weather

 
Two individuals launching a robotic submersible. Photo courtesy Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

7:30 p.m., Talk on using underwater technology to explore Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the Red Barn Classroom; coffee and dessert provided

 
Historic Chimney Rock Lifeboat Station

Thursday, January 21
1:00 p.m., Talk by Ralph Shanks on Life-Saving Service at Historic Lifeboat Station

2:00 p.m., Field trip, guided walk by marine mammal biologist to Elephant Seal viewing sites at Chimney Rock cancelled due to weather

 
White shark Photo Courtesy of Aaron Sutherland

*6:00 p.m., David McGuire's shark films and discussion with dinner at the Farm House Restaurant

 
Habitat Restoration Program volunteers carrying tarp filled with invasive vegetation that has been removed near Abbotts Lagoon.

Friday, January 22
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Hike to Abbotts Lagoon & Habitat Restoration. RSVP to Theo Michaels, 415-464-5223

3:30-5:00 p.m., Talk and Film, Setting aside the Marin coast: Amy Meyer, conservationist & Nancy Kelly, documentary filmmaker, with showing of Moments in Time at Bear Valley Visitor Center

 
Male coho salmon

*6:00 p.m., Reception with Amy Meyer and Nancy Kelly at the Station House Café


Saturday, January 23

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Stream Team volunteer opportunity with coho salmon and steelhead trout program

 
Two common murres

Friday-Sunday, January 22-24
*7:00 p.m. Friday-4:00 p.m. Sunday, PRNSA Field Seminar, Photographing Birds with Oliver Klink

 

Special Events Hosted by Local Businesses RSVP and Contact information

Saturday, January 16
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
PRNSA Field Seminars
Drawing Nature's Contours with Joan Hoffman
Price: $95 ($90 for PRNSA members)
To register, call: 415-663-1200 ext. 373
http://www.ptreyes.org

Monday, January 18
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Blue Waters Kayak
Naturalist-led Tomales Bay Giacomini Wetlands Tour
Price: $88 (10% of proceeds will benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association)
To sign-up, call: 415-669-2600 or (888) 5GO-BAJA
http://www.bwkayak.com

Tuesday, January 19
5 p.m.
Drakes Beach Café
"Plate of Brass" historical controversy with speaker Edward Von der Porten and prix fixe dinner
Price: $50
To RSVP (capacity: 35), leave a message at: 415-669-1297

Thursday, January 21
6 p.m.
Farm House Restaurant
Shark films and discussion with documentary filmmaker David McGuire and prix fixe dinner
To RSVP (capacity: 48), call: 415-663-1264

Friday, January 22
5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
The Station House Café
Join acclaimed author and conservationist Amy Meyer and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Kelly for discussion, drinks & hors d'oeuvres following the Bear Valley Visitor Center "Moments in Time" event. Hors d'oeuvres & soft drinks from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Price: $7.50 per person
No-host cocktails.
To RSVP, call: 415-663-1515
Dinner reservations recommended starting at 6:30 p.m. Group seating available.
To RSVP, call: 415-663-1515 or make online via OpenTable at www.stationhousecafe.com

Friday-Sunday, January 22-24
7 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday
PRNSA Field Seminars
Photographing Birds with Oliver Klink
Price: $240 ($220 members for PRNSA members)
To register, call: 415-663-1200 ext. 373
http://www.ptreyes.org

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Spring Special Events April 17-25, 2010

Did You Know?

Humboldt Squid. © Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...