Park Wavelengths - June 2008
June 21, 2008
Forwarded to local Park Wavelengths Email List
June 21, 2008
Summer Hours Change
As of June 30, 2008 new hours begin at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes beach:
Bear Valley Visitor Center will now remain open until 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day weekend.
The Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be open Friday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday-Thursday) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through labor Day Weekend.
June 21, 2008
New Shuttle Bus at Point Reyes
A special grant from the Department of Transportation has been received by the park to provide a free trial shuttle bus during the month of July 2008 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The free shuttle is scheduled to run on weekends between Olema RV Resort, Bear Valley Visitor Center and Limantour Beach and to connect with the West Marin Stagecoach schedule. The park will evaluate ridership, impacts on parking congestion at Bear Valley Visitor Center, etc. to determine if the bus service is sustainable. The schedule is also available at the park website: www.nps.gov/pore
June 18, 2008
Summer solstice is around the corner 4:59 pm on Friday, June 20th but also marked on many calendars for June 21st! The beginning of summer has been marked by several high fire danger days in the area so be extra careful. Drown all fires with plenty of water, watch car exhaust pipes when parking near dry grass, be sure power equipment has spark arresters on it.
Ladybugs or Ladybird beetles have been observed clumping along Drakes Beach. They do converge as a strategy in winter to conserve heat and may be in seen in large masses such as these as they migrate inland - lowland vegetation begins to dry out and they seek additional food. Unfortunately, they may have been blown off course and ended up on the beach far from their favorite aphid snacks.
A rare double plumed male California Quail was seen crossing the road near the hostel. They are usually in large coveys of 10-20 birds which pair off in spring to scrape a small ground nest and lay 6-17 brown spotted, cream colored eggs. Many quail families are being observed now, drive carefully! Coast Miwok collected the male plumes to decorate baskets and also held a special dance to honor this bird.
Marin County Parks and Open Space rangers lead a guided walk "Wildflowers and Wildlife of Bull Point on Thursday, June 26th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The trailhead is off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard before the North Beach turnoff. A good place for burrowing owls and rare plants!
A film permit for a car commercial (80 people) has been issued for the north area of the park on Thursday June 19th and 20th. Traffic control with Highway Patrol officers will be in place with short delays not to exceed 5 minutes is expected. Filming areas include Ottinger’s Hill, South Beach, and near Abbots Lagoon.
June 12, 2008
Forwarded to Park Wavelengths subscribers from local fire education staff; Mount Tamalpais State park is reported closed.
June 11, 2008
Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Email list - please contact Ellen directly with information
June 4, 2008
The full moon rises June 18 at 10:30 a.m. with the summer solstice soon to follow on June 21st. The moon makes it lowest arc across the sky for this summer "Moon of Good Fishing" for the Tlingit people.
Summer is just around the corner with the return of brown pelicans to the Lighthouse and Drakes Bay; the gopher hunting heron afield at Bear Valley and brush bunnies along roadways.
Scraps of scarlet along roadsides are "twinberry," a native shrub - "the bracts, as the fruit ripens, turn a rosy red and set off the bug-eyed pair of shining black fruits to perfection" (Roxana Ferris - Flowers of Point Reyes). The pink flowering stage of this plant draws hummingbirds, the fruits are not edible to humans but enjoyed by birds. Plenty of elderberry flowering along roadsides, light yellow clumps of flowers that will become berries by late summer.
Tule elk are calving now; typically the calves may be left resting by themselves while the mother is nearby nourishing herself on fresh grasses and shrubs. Males have their antlers in velvet. In order to remove the velvet, they'll begin scratching and honing the antlers against brush and power poles in the reserve, preparing for late summer battles.
Marin County Parks and Open Space staff host a tidepooling expedition on Friday, June 6th at Agate Beach County Park from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the end of Overlook and Elm Road in Bolinas for one of the best daylight low tides of the year.
A permit has been issued for a wedding at Limantour Beach (60+ people) on Saturday June 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm; Expect some congestion in the parking lot in the afternoon.
New artwork on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center is by Judith Corning, paintings of various scenes around the park.
Expect road closures this Sunday, June 7 in the town of Point Reyes Station; Highway 1 will be closed from approximately 12 noon through 1:00 p.m. for a local parade; traffic will be diverted onto side streets.
Last updated: February 28, 2015