This e-news focuses on some of the amazing science that is happening right here in the Point Reyes National Seashore. I invite you to join us for the premiere of a new educational film about the role science is playing in protecting and preserving our park.
I also invite you to learn more by taking a Field Institute class
, attending one of the park's "Science at the Seashore" brown bag lunches, and marking your calendar for a couple of special citizen science programs for children and adults we are co-hosting in the New Year.
P.S. Don't forget to bring your electronic recycling
to the Bear Valley Visitor Center for America's Recycling Day on November 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Over the summer two grantees of a newly established Marine Science Fund delved into research aimed at advancing the scientific knowledge of the unique marine environment found at Point Reyes National Seashore. Read the article here.
2013 Marine Science Fund Grantees Explore the Ocean
Science at the Seashore -
Brown Bag Talks
Point Reyes National Seashore offers an ongoing series of lunchtime lectures on scientific research being performed at Point Reyes and elsewhere in the California. Sponsored by the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore, the programs begin at noon at the Red Barn Classroom and last typically 45 minutes. All are welcome and admission is free.
Upcoming topics explore invasive plants and dune restoration, sea cave development in the park, whale and shark behavior, climate change and mountain lions!
California Legacy Project Film Premier
Thursday, November 21st
6 pm - 8 pm, screening at 7pmAngelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael
refreshments * free parking * wheel chair accessible
Join us for the premiere of a very special short film about Point Reyes National Seashore. Narrated by Jane Fonda and featuring extraordinary cinematography, this 20-minute film tells the remarkable story of how natural and human change have created the park we know today and how we can be a force of positive change in the future. The film's incredible story of the park will inform and inspire visitors at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
The evening will begin with a reception, followed by a trailer for Becoming California, a new public television documentary about the Point Reyes film. After the films there will be a chance for Q&A with the producers.
A production of the California Environmental Legacy Project, the Becoming California documentary takes a fresh look at our past, present and future relationship with California's natural environment. Not the tired old tale of people versus nature. But a new story. A story about how nature and civilization need not be adversaries but partners - together creating healthy, sustainable environments amidst vibrant economies. The film is slated to air in spring 2014 and will highlight Point Reyes.
For more information about the project visit: www.calegacy.org
Or email RSVP or call (415) 663.1200 x 304 for more information.
Sunday, November 24 * 10AM - 4PM
$50 ($40 Members)
Instructor: David Campbell
Come explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms. Learn the basics we need to begin identifying wild fungi; including terminology, collecting techniques, spore prints, ID keys, and much more.
Sunday, December 8 * 9AM - 3PM
$50 ($40 Member)
Instructor: Lisa Hug
"What do you call a sea gull flying over the bay? A bay gull!"
Come join gull expert Lisa Hug for a day of fun, excitement and of identifying gulls! There are some simple strategies that can take some of the intimidation and frustration out of the difficult process of gull identification. Learn with Lisa as you discover the many different types of gulls that reside right here in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Sunday, December 15 * 9AM - 4PM
$25 ($20 Members)
Instructor: Sarah Carlisle
Winter rains bring new life to creeks located in and around Point Reyes National Seashore. For thousands of years coho salmon and steelhead trout have returned from the vast ocean feeding grounds to the shaded streams of their birth. Come spend a day learning about these amazing animals with one of the scientists working to monitor their health.
Save the Date! CBC4KidsPoint Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Join PRNSA for the 4th annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) on Saturday, January 11 at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for youth and families to discover the fascinating world of birds, why we count them, and what birds can tell us about the health of the environment. Youth ages 7-18 are encouraged to attend the official count, while youth ages 2-6 are encouraged to join us for Budding Birder walk. Families will be paired into groups with a local Bird Brain (instructor) and visit various locations in the park in search of bird life. Groups will count birds and report on their findings. Registration opens November 22nd. Space Limited. For more info contact Jessica Taylor at (415) 663.1200 x 304 or email us.
Coming to West Marin!
Save the Date:
March 28 - 29, 2014
PRNSA and the National Park Service are working with National Geographic to organize a BioBlitz on March 28-29, 2014. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour window where citizen scientists, the public, students, and scientists join together to quickly catalog the biological diversity of an area. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the primary focus area and in West Marin we will catalog the recently restored Giacomini Wetlands. Areas of focus will include: algae, invertebrates, birds, amphibians, plankton, fungi, mammals, and plants. More specific information about volunteering and educational opportunities will be available in January. Click here for more information or contact Dr. Ben Becker at (415) 464.5187 or by email.
Red Barn Art Show
Marin's First Farm Advisor
Historical Photographs of Marin's Agrarian RootsPhotography exhibition from October 1, through December 18, 2013. Reception on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 pmThe historical photographs of M.B. Boissevain will be on exhibit in West Marin from October 1 through December 18. These magnificent images provide a unique opportunity to embrace Marin's agrarian roots and present bounty, as well as take an intimate look at what life was like for Marin ranchers and farmers during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Learn more...
Friday, December 13th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Come celebrate our local parks this holiday. Join us for sweet and savory treats and holiday cheer at this free community gathering at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Bear Valley Visitor Center
Hosted by: Point Reyes National Seashore/National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore Association * Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary * Samuel P. Taylor State Park and Tomales Bay State Park