Park Wavelengths - September 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Forwarded to Park Wavelengths Subscribers:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Subject: Prescribed burns in Olema Valley Slated for Week of September 22
Park Wavelengths Subscribers: Weather permitting there may be prescribed fires this week.
September 16, 2014 News Release:
Download Flyer: "2014 Fire Management Projects at Point Reyes - Olema Valley Prescribed Burns along Highway 1" (263 KB PDF)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The full moon last Monday brings larger mid-day/afternoon high tides this week, ranging from 5.9 to 6 feet through Saturday. Plan early beach visits to avoid the high water. Autumn arrives on the calendar September 22, along with ripening acorns, as Coast Miwok and Pomo gather in the park to honor the blessings of this annual fall abundance.
The neon orange mat of fibers spreading through the Giacomini Wetlands is salt marsh dodder (Cuscuta salina). Its bright color contrasts with the quieter gray-green tones of the marsh. Also in bloom is coyote brush, with light-yellow fuzzy flowers on low-growing shrubs. In berry: smaller white berries appear on snowberry vines along Bear Valley Road.
Visitors have been bringing in images of sea hares from Tomales Bay. They have a unique waving movement while swimming. The name "sea hare" is due to two small antennae-like rhinophores reminiscent of rabbit ears located on their anterior end. They are plant eaters and take on their brownish-gray/spotted colors from the food they eat, similar to banana slugs on land!
New art on display at Bear Valley Visitor Center is from the Latino Photo Project. The exhibit displays park images through the eyes of local residents.
Autumn also brings the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, slated for September 20 at Drakes Beach from 10 am to 2 pm. Check in with Ranger John Reeves for more information at 415-464-5203.
Construction is occurring this week on the road to the Lighthouse near the Chimney Rock turnoff. Watch for flaggers and heavy equipment as a cattle guard is installed.
Last updated: February 28, 2015