Park Wavelengths - April 2013


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On stage next week is the Lyrid meteor shower, which rewards early morning risers as it peaks Monday morning April 22! The Lyrids are the oldest recorded shower with records in China dating back to 687 BC. The full moon rises April 25 with several minus tides in the mornings of subsequent days:

Date Time Height
Sunday, April 28 7:40 am -1.4feet
Monday, April 29 8:34 am -1.2 feet
Tuesday, April 30 9:31 am -0.9 feet
Wednesday, May 1 10:33 am -0.6 feet

More and more wildflowers are making their appearance. Brilliant purple Sky Lupine, a short annual flower, spreads across the pastures behind the Bear Valley Visitor Center, contrasting with bright orange poppies. The perennial yellow bush lupine--a bush with yellow flowers--has begun to bloom at the Lighthouse and Tomales Point, adding fragrance the air on still, warm days.

Beginning May 1, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed except during the shuttle bus season. The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse will be open Friday through Monday; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays (the parking area and observation deck are open Tuesdays through Thursdays). The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.

Recent windstorms brought down trees on the Morgan Horse Ranch Trail, which is closed. A large tree is down on Mt. Wittenberg Trail and horses are not able to get through on that trail.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Subject: Park Wavelengths - Electronics recycling at Bear Valley - April 22

On April 22, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, from 10 am to 2 pm, an electronic recycling event will be held. The following items will be accepted:

  • Computers and related accessories
  • Cell phones, PDAs, and telephones
  • Audio/Video equipment
  • Small printers, scanners, and fax machines
  • Wires, cables, and power cords
  • Printer toner cartridges
  • Small kitchen appliances


  • Any type of Hazardous Waste
  • Batteries (Point Reyes Fire Station accepts)
  • Light bulbs (Building Supply accepts
  • Large household appliances
  • Furniture
  • Commercial copy machines

No early drop offs! All e-waste will be taken to Renew Computers in San Rafael. For more information contact Dale Dualan at 415-464-5286 or 663-8522 x5286.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The new moon arrives next week with moderately high tides mid-day. Beach walking whale watchers should be sure not to turn their backs on the ocean. The back dunes at Limantour and along the Great Beach give plenty of distance from the water and a bit of height to watch for the tail end of the whale migration north. Gray whale tend to stay a little closer to shore on the return trip north. Whale sightings are improving with the sunny weather last Saturday!

The first tule elk calf of the year greeted the spring equinox in late March and is up and around following it's mom! Harbor seal pups are being monitored throughout the park. Instinct may spur a desire to pick up spring babes, but remember not to approach seals or elk; the parent(s) are usually foraging nearby and will return once they've fed themselves.

April showering launches purple flowering shrubs California lilac (Ceanothus sp.) and red elderberry, (with yellow spikes) along much of Sir Francis Drake through Inverness. In shaded areas, pale pink Dutchman's breeches are joining milkmaids as the wildflower season gets underway. Plenty of Douglas iris in the usual areas like the head of the Estero Trail; poppies are appearing in sunny spots.

The shuttle season ended for the season last weekend [March 31]; the road to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas will be open on weekends [and weekdays] until December 2013.

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