Park Wavelengths - May 2008
May 20, 2008
For early risers, some of the lowest daylight tides of the year are just a few weeks off with the new moon on June 3:
Plucky little snowy plovers are hard at work nest building on the Great Beach, 11 nests have been identified this year but 6 nests have been lost to predators and wind.
A word on coyotes, often seen along Limantour and Bear Valley Road. This time of year, the pups are in the den, and parents range far and wide for extra food and may behave a little more defensively if near their dens. Point Reyes is abundant - gophers, rabbits, lizards, frogs, quail eggs, etc. so it is rare that they might attempt to get food from human sources (garbage, picnic leavings, pet food left outside. etc.) in this area. However, south of Point Reyes - in Golden Gate NRA, coyotes are making their way into neighborhoods abutting parklands. Rule of thumb is not to leave food of any kind out - secure garbage cans; put away pet foods, never leave food out in camp or picnic areas. If an animal is approaching, unusual behavior, create a bad impression - yell, throw dirt, back away and do not run. Report at park visitor centers if you are approached!
Fire season has officially begun at Point Reyes. Beach fire permits are not issued in advance and must be picked up the day you plan to have a fire at the beach.
Marin County Open Space rangers lead a hike this Thursday, May 22 "Flowers of Bull Point". Dress warmly and meet at the Bull Point Trailhead off Sir Francis Drake Highway just before the North Beach turnoff.
All park visitor centers are open on Monday, May 26, Memorial Day. A short service is planned at the historic cemetery of Sir Francis Drake Highway from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. A permit is out for a wedding for 50+ people at Drakes Beach on Saturday May, 24, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; expect parking congestion near the visitor center.
Special event on Saturday, May 24 at Bear Valley Visitor Center - Aerial photographer Robert Campbell will be showing slides and autographing his new book "Above Point Reyes" at 12:30.
A permit has been issued for a bike ride on Bolinas Ridge Trail on May 31st; 90 riders in three groups will be traveling by bike from Olema Campground along the trail to Bolinas Fairfax Road.
May 20, 2008
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May 6, 2008
The full moon rises May 20 with a few early morning daylight low tides:
For Nunamiut Alaskan natives it is 'the moon when the ice goes out of the rivers' while further south at San Ildefonso Pueblo it is 'the planting moon'.
Spring surveys and studies are beginning on harbor seals and spotted owls. One spotted owl nest has been observed so far; it is hoped more will be noted in the mature forests along Inverness Ridge.
Armchair wildlife viewing along the Bear Valley Road corridor - Wednesday, a river otter seemed to be scoping out the creeks and dropping in at the Red Barn Classroom; soon followed by a coyote. Two young male black tails, their antlers in velvet, put on a boxing match along the road. Further afield, the last of the northbound gray whales have been rolling along Drakes Bay, mother and calf pair observations were made on Thursday and Saturday.
Poppies are out all over Bear Valley pastures, along Abbots Lagoon, patches along local highways. Large, white blooms along roadways are Cow Parsnips - they always look like cauliflowers and the stalks can be 5 feet high.
International Migratory Bird Day will be observed this Saturday, May 10 at Muir Woods NM. Educational activities begin at 7:00 am (birdbanding demonstrations) and go through 12 noon. Other activities include smolt trapping, habitat restoration, and bird walks. A free shuttle will carry visitors between Muir Beach and Muir Woods. More information at (415) 388-2595.
Brown Bag Lunch seminar coming up on Thursday, May 15 at 12 noon in the Red Barn Classroom is "Nutrients and Benthic Invasion Dynamics in northern California estuaries" This free talk is open to the public.
Reminder: A public meeting on the suggestion for a bridge over Lagunitas Creek from White House pool to the Giacomini wetlands is scheduled for May 14 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Dance Palace Community Center in Point Reyes Station.
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