Park Wavelengths - June 2009


Thursday, June 18, 2009

How quickly the June 20th summer solstice has returned with a whole week of early morning daylight low tides:

Tuesday: June 23 6:11 am -1.9 feet
Wednesday, June 24 6:58 am -1.9 feet
Thursday, June 25 8:22 am -1.1 feet
Friday, June 26 9:21 am -0.4 feet

Jellies are washing up on park beaches; they are susceptible to temperature changes in the upper layers of water. Tomales Bay State park rangers have been finding dinner-plate-sized, ice-tea-colored "Lions Mane" jellies on their beaches. These may have tentacles that sting and cause an allergic reaction.

Nesting bird season has brought healthy reports from spotted owl monitors and lots of noise from the nesting great blue herons at Bear Valley. The herons have been busy snatching gophers and flying them up to the rookery in the fir trees.

The annual Butterfly count at Point Reyes is coming up on June 29th; teams will be meeting at the Red Barn Classroom at 9:30 a.m.; pre registration and a $3.00 fee are required via

A permit for a 1/2 marathon has been issued for this Saturday, June 20 with runners through the Limantour Beach trails in the morning. A wedding permit has been issued for Drakes Beach after 5:30 p.m. on June 20. No congestion expected.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers:

Subject: Trail work at Kelham Beach

Starting on either Tuesday or Wednesday, June 9 or 10, there will be work to construct treads from Coast Trail to Kelham Beach. This work will involve some trips with the RTV (a 4-wheeled ATV so it's safer) by the Trail Crew to bring materials out to an area within the wilderness of the Seashore, all applicable permits were obtained, a minimum tool form filled out in the planning phase. The work could go on for about a month, although not every weekday, probably 1–2 trips per day.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NOAA Fisheries is currently conducting aerial surveys of harbor seals along the coastline using a fixed-wing plane. The exact day of this week is weather dependent, they need clear weather; the low flying plane will be flown at about 600' along the coast.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

The full moon rises Sunday June 7th, the moon called Butich-da "when the bulbs ripen" for Kashaya Pomo. The brodiea or Blue Dick bulbs are a tasty edible. Some early morning daylight low tides:

Monday, June 8 6:20 am -1.0 feet
Tuesday, June 9 6:54 am -0.9 feet
Wednesday, June 10 7:31 am -0.7 feet

Long-time Adopt A Trail volunteers from College Preparatory School of Oakland School completed the final clearing of the reroute to Greenpicker Trail last week. They removed the last of storm debris and the gates and fences have been removed—the trail is open.

Signs of Summer - Brown pelicans splashing in Drakes Bay and soaring over the Lighthouse! Pinky brown spikes of flowering on Buckeye trees!

Permits for a wedding have been issued for Saturday June 6th at Limantour Beach (40+) and Sunday June 7th at the Bear Valley Picnic area (75+). Expect some parking congestion in the picnic area if the weather is clear.

Highway 1 will be closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. through downtown Point Reyes on Sunday June 7 for a local parade; traffic will be diverted around this congested area. Please drive carefully to avoid revelers!

A beach clean up is also slated from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th at Drakes Beach.

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