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.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers: Dec 6 at Noon: "The Mysteries of the Missing Map"
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:
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.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Forwarded to Park Wavelengths
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.