Park Wavelengths - 2015

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Park Wavelengths was a bi-weekly email published from 2003 until mid-2016 informing subscribers about events, closures, natural history, and cultural history at Point Reyes.

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Cracks were reported on a portion of the bluff near the Chimney Rock Trail on December 21, 2015. These fissures could indicate the possibility of a weakening cliff face in the area. The land may be unstable and a collapse could occur. Stay on designated trail.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Upcoming Science Lectures at Point Reyes on Fungi, Endangered Dune Plants, Snowy Plovers, Invasive Tunicates, Plastics in Seabirds, Climate Change, and Fossils!

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Winter solstice and the full moon; Ursid meteor shower; fungi; park visitor centers are closed December 25; the winter shuttle bus season resumes on Saturday, December 26.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 08, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Three vacancy announcements for Point Reyes National Seashore have been posted to USAJOBS.

 

Park Wavelengths - Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The crescent Moon will be close to Venus on December 7; Geminids meteor shower from December 6 to December 19; fire season is over; California Department of Public Health's Shellfish Information Line; annual holidays open house is on December 11.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, November 26, 2015

November 26, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Three vacancy announcements for Point Reyes National Seashore have been posted to USAJOBS.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Upcoming Science Talks at Point Reyes National Seashore include discussions about black abalone, invasive tunicates, climate change, and fossils.

 

Park Wavelengths - Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The Bear Valley Visitor center will be closed for the week of November 16–20 while floors are refinished and new carpets are laid. Marin County Department of Public Works is paving Bear Valley Road.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

On November 15 at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes National Seashore will host an electronic waste recycling collection, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 04, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The Taurid and Leonid meteor showers; annual mussel quarantine restrictions have been lifted; coho salmon and steelhead trout will be spawning soon; new artwork in the Bear Valley Visitor Center produced by the Latino Photo Project; maintenance work occurring at Bear Valley Visitor Center; the Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open on Veterans Day.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Aircraft and fire trucks are responding to a small fire described as "behind the Lagunitas School". Watch for additional traffic on Sir Francis Drake Highway.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:30 am

October 23, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Millerton Point at Tomales Bay State Park will be closed from November 1 through November 18.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, October 23, 2015 - 9:40 am

October 23, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The National Park is resuming a prescribed burn today in the south area off Highway 1, near Dogtown and the McCurdy Trail to reduce exotic plants. Smoke may lie low across the highway due to weather conditions.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 3:13 pm

October 14, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The prescribed fire has been completed for Wednesday, October 14. An additional 30 acres will be ignited on Thursday, weather permitting.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 11:06 am

October 14, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

A prescribed fire has been ignited this morning in the Estero/N Ranch area to control exotic broom plants.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Orionid meteor shower; black-tailed deer; duck hunting season on the Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve; controlled burns this week in the Drakes Estero area to eliminate exotic broom; road paving projects are scheduled for Bear Valley Road on October 22 and 23; "Bats of Point Reyes" ranger programs on October 24, 25, and 31.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 1:04 pm

October 09, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Point Reyes National Seashore currently has two positions announced and open for applications online through www.usajobs.gov: a full-time winter position at park visitor centers and an on-call, weekends-only position supporting the winter shuttle bus system.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:25 pm

October 09, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Updates on artwork displayed at the Bear Valley Visitor Center; clarification concerning how to obtain an Interagency Senior Pass on Senior Skip Day; the Bear Valley and Lighthouse Visitor Centers are open on Monday, October 12; all campgrounds are full for the weekend.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Autumnal equinox, full moon, and fall color; new, short address for Lighthouse web camera; California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19; a couple small wildfires occurred in the park last week; naturalization ceremony on Friday, September 25; Sonoma Birding's annual Optics and Nature Festival on Sunday, September 20; Every Kid in a Park initiative.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:28 pm

September 11, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

A quarter acre grass fire on L Ranch Road is now reported out at 12:25 pm.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:45 am

September 11, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Initial reports coming in of a small fire along L Ranch Road.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 01, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Higher than usual tides this week; tool use by acorn woodpeckers; all campgrounds are full for Labor Day weekend; all park visitor centers are open for the holiday weekend; new art exhibits at Bear Valley Visitor Center.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Coffeeberries; tiger moth caterpillars; what's blocking the webcam; Every Kid in a Park website and free passes for 4th graders; blood drive on Friday, August 21.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12; 41 spotted owl nest sites found in West Marin this year; weekend closure of beach between Abbotts Lagoon and North Beach parking lot; Crocosmia along Bear Valley Trail; Bear Valley Visitor Center auditorium projector has been repaired.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley
 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July; blue moon on July 31; "Lake Drake" returns to Drakes Beach; spring coho salmon smolt trapping data analysis; Woodpecker Trail closed until further notice; 36th Annual Big Time Festival on July 18.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Berries are ripening; pink-footed shearwater travels past Point Reyes; seasonal harbor seal protection measures have been lifted; fireworks prohibited throughout Marin County, including at Point Reyes National Seashore; changes in visitor center hours.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Download Tomales Bay State Park's "Celebrate the Coast 2015" flyer.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 03, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Full moon and low tides; bush lupine and elderberry are blooming; fire season has officially begun in the Seashore; brief road closure of Highway 1 in Point Reyes Station on June 7; new artwork on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center; volunteer opportunity on National Trail Day, June 6.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Gray whale migration has trickled off; humpback whales observed off Stinson and Limantour beaches; white flowers are everywhere; first snowy plover chick hatched on April 29; temporary closure of most of the beach between North Beach and Abbotts Lagoon; special Memorial Day weekend remembrance on Friday, May 22; the Bear Valley and Lighthouse visitor centers will be open for the holiday weekend.

 

Park Wavelengths - Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The park is receiving a number of inquiries regarding the status of tule elk at Tomales Point. As a result, we have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions for our website.

 

Park Wavelengths - Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 02, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

New vacancy announcements have been posted to USAJOBS for positions at Point Reyes National Seashore and John Muir National Historic Site.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs in early May; nesting bird season; river otters; Marta Lindsey will be reading and signing copies of her book, "Little Gray's Great Migration", on May 9.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Lyrid meteor shower from April 16 to April 25; dogwood tree in bloom; by-the-wind sailors washing up on beaches; shuttle season ended on April 12; blood drive on April 20; e-waste collection on April 22.

 

Park Wavelengths - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Full moon and lunar eclipse on April 4; updates on elephant seals, gray whales, and wildflowers; Point Reyes is recruiting teens for the Youth Conservation Corps; Leave No Trace Workshop at the Bear Valley Visitor Center on April 12.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

Vernal equinox and lunar and solar phenomena; updates on wildflowers and whales; new art displays at the Bear Valley Visitor Center; Bear Valley Visitor Center now closes at 5 pm.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 05, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The Federal Highway Administration/NPS Road Inventory Program Data Collection Team is here at Point Reyes National Seashore and will be gathering data through Sunday.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The full moon rises on Thursday, March 5. The drama of elephant seal life. Annual protection measures for harbor seals in force from March 1 through June 30. More wildflowers are blooming.

 

Park Wavelengths - Friday, January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The trail crew needs to replace the bridge on the Coast Trail immediately south of Wildcat Campground from Monday, February 2, through Wednesday, February 4. Coast Trail will be closed between Wildcat Campground and the junction with the Ocean Lake Loop Trail. No through hiking or horse-riding.

 

Park Wavelengths - Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The full moon rises on Tuesday, February 3. Early wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Updates on elephant seals, gray whales, and tule elk. Park visitor centers will be open the Presidents Day weekend. If the weather is clear, shuttles will operate through the three-day weekend. Highway 1 south of Muir Beach has re-opened.

 

Park Wavelengths - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015 Posted by: Loretta Farley

The new moon occurs on January 20, accompanied by extreme tides. Updates on winter wildlife and trails blocked by trees. New artwork on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Visitor Centers will be open on Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. New stop sign along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of the junction for the Estero Trail access road.

 

Last updated: February 17, 2016

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