Park Wavelengths - November 2012


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Subject: New Visitor center Hours

NEW! Winter Hours: The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open 7 days a week: Weekends and Holidays, 9 am-4:30 pm. Weekdays, 10 am-4:30 pm.

The Lighthouse Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am-4:30 pm

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is open on Weekends and Holidays: 9:30-4:30 pm.

Please adjust your plans for [picking up] camping and beach fire permits.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers: Dec 6 at Noon: "The Mysteries of the Missing Map"

Lunchtime Science Talks at Point Reyes National Seashore

Please join us for the following talk in the Red Barn Classroom at Park Headquarters from 12:00 to 12:45 (unless otherwise noted). Admission is free and all are welcome. Talks are hosted by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at PRNS. Contact Ben Becker for more information.


Lost map showing Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary expansions near Tomales Bay which Congress approved in 1980. (Click on this image to download a larger 148 KB PDF version of this image.)
Lost map showing Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary expansions near Tomales Bay which Congress approved in 1980.

December 6, 2012 (Thursday) Starting at Noon

Title: "The Mysteries of the Missing Map"

Speaker: George Clyde from Marshall, California

Summary: Local journalist George Clyde, who authored "How Rep. Philip Burton and a Magic Marker Hijacked Tomales Bay" in the current West Marin Review, tells about his discovery of the only known copies of the lost map that Congress approved in 1980 to expand the boundaries of PRNS and GGNRA near Tomales Bay. The historic maps, drawn with Magic Markers, will have their first public display at his talk. Clyde will present his findings and discuss the implications for the Parks today.


Ben Becker, Ph.D.
Science Coordinator and Marine Ecologist
Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

tel: 415-464-5187
fax: 415-663-8132


The Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center is one of 19 Research Learning Centers at National Parks across the country working to increase the effectiveness and communication of research and science through:

  • Facilitating the use of parks for scientific inquiry
  • Supporting science-informed decision making
  • Communicating relevance and providing access to research knowledge
  • Promoting resource stewardship through partnerships

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A penumbral lunar eclipse appears on November 28--for early risers that is! The full moon will not have a bite out of it but will appear darker in the early morning hours. Afternoon low tides accompany the full moon/eclipse:

Monday, November 26 3:55 pm -0.3 feet
Tuesday, November 27 4:30 pm -0.5 feet

Visitors exploring park beaches have reported finding "clear sausage-like blobs of jelly" sea creatures, which are likely "sea gooseberries," a type of ctenophore (comb jelly) that may have been affected by heavy surf conditions.

Small purple colored blobs squishing underfoot on local trails are bay nuts. They are olive shaped and yellow; then when ripe, the outer coating turns reddish-purple. A hard shelled nut is revealed when the purple coating is pulled away.

All Park Visitor Centers are open Thanksgiving Day: Bear Valley from 8 am to 2 pm; the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes beach and the Lighthouse Visitor Center and steps are open from 10 am to 2 pm. Roads and trails remain open and rangers are on duty.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Forwarded to Park Wavelengths

Subject: Park Wavelengths - America Recycles Day (Nov 15th)


In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Point Reyes National Seashore has elected to be an electronic waste (e-waste) collection site on November 15th from 10am-2pm, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. On this day, employees and the community are encouraged to bring in their personal e-waste for recycling. Please see the attached flyer for more details, and please pay close attention to the items we are and are not accepting.

All items collected will be taken to Renew Computers in San Rafael, CA. Renew Computers is responsible for sorting and organizing the e-waste. Renew Computers then ships the waste to ECS Refinery in Santa Clara, CA. ECS is an e-Stewards certified company, meaning all processing is done on-site and no material is shipped overseas for processing.

If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to call either myself or Dale. Hope to see you there!


Sara Hammond
Engineering Technician
Point Reyes National Seashore
415-464-5165 (office)
415-205-8740 (cell)
One Mission. One Earth. One small action can make a difference.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Taurid meteor shower will be a low key sky display this week, November 5-12; they are not numerous (5-7 per hour), but move slower and look brighter. Following closely behind will be the Leonid meteor showers which begin November 17.

Ladybird beetles or ladybugs are seeking winter shelter in oak leaf litter. Some species mass in huge numbers and migrate inland to warmer climates, while others spend the winter hunkered down.

Rain and warm weather spurred a few fungi. Creamy white puffballs are growing quickly. Typically, more species will appear earlier in the year.

Wildlife staff successfully placed Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on two young male tule elk and two females from the herd near Drakes Beach Road last week. The collars will help track the movements of the entire elk herd, will last in the field for up to three years, and are already transmitting data via satellite.

All park visitor centers are open on Monday, November 12, for the Veterans Day holiday.

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
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