Welcome to #ParkInPlace, our series of newsletters, educational activities, and videos to keep you connected to nature and Point Reyes National Seashore while you shelter in place.
The idea behind the Park In Place campaign was born as staff were packing up our office on March 16, 2020 to comply with the first shelter in place order. We wanted to stay in touch with our community and continue to share the park and our love of the outdoors. Our programs at Point Reyes National Seashore are looking much different, but we are still here for you! We will lend support by sharing information and ideas, encouraging exploration of the various places where we are taking shelter, and forging new and deeper connections with each other and our shared natural world. Follow us on social media and together we can #ParkInPlace.
As Point Reyes National Seashore continues to expand access during COVID19, PRNSA would like to welcome you back to the park. Check out our welcome video.
Natural Laboratory Podcast
Park in Place Educational Webinar Series
Doing the Backyard Bird Count Big this Year - Thursday, February 11, 2021
Are you bored at your place and in the place bored? The Great Backyard Bird Count could be just the cure for you! Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. Join us in February, when the world comes together for the love of birds, from home! This webinar will show you how you can do it big from just right outside your door no matter where you live. Our speakers will give you some tips and tricks to consider and inspire you to get outside with your family or roommates, making it a great covid safe activity. Whether you’ve been birding for years, or thinking about getting into it, sign up for this free webinar and be a part of another community science project.
The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from February 12th-15th.
Check out their website for more info on participating.
WEBINAR PROGRAM ARCHIVE
Field Conservation for Mountatin Gorillas??? - Jena Hickey has devoted years to conservation efforts while working in the field and has a lot to share. Come learn more about how change can happen at a variety of levels.
The Wide Variety of Winter Birds in Point Reyes - Point Reyes National Seashore has a large diversity of birds in the winter. Our mild weather conditions are much more favorable to birds compared to colder interior areas. Over 200 species have been monitored over the past decades, including several that have not been seen anywhere else in the country. Come learn with David Wimpfheimer on population trends that have been observed over many years on our seashore and have a chance to ask your birding questions with an expert.
150 Years of Light: The National Park Service and PRNSA celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
Helping the Monarchs Overwinter in Coastal Communities and Beyond: Monarchs are arriving now in coastal Marin for the winter! This is the beginning of a major milestone in their lifetime, but they need help. Mia Monroe is a community science volunteer with The Xerces Society and is a co-founder of the long-running Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. She has been watching monarchs her whole life in the Bay Area and enjoys this time of year most.
Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors: Community Read & Discussion with author Dr. Carolyn Finney - In partnership with the Marin County Free Library, we read the book Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Dr. Carolyn Finney. Dr. Finney, Isaac Taylor and Ranger John Eleby shared a conversation about the intersection of race and the outdoors.
Fire Steals the Show - Watch our Dinner on the Pacific Plate virtual program to hear stories from the heart, stories about fire, and stories of the park.
Are Sea Otters the Ghosts of Estuaries Past? Join Sonoma State Assistant Professor Brent Hughes for a talk in celebration of Sea Otter Awareness Week. Like many top predators across the globe, sea otters suffered from overhunting during periods of rapid European colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, with legislation aimed at protecting endangered species and marine mammals, sea otters are slowly recovering. Through this recovery sea otters are revealing the breadth of habitats that can utilize, such as estuarine seagrass beds and salt marshes. These recent discoveries have fundamentally changed our understanding of sea otter biology and ecology and presents new opportunities to promote their recovery. Presented in collaboration with Sea Otter Savvy.
Caring for Endangered Coho Salmon The annual return of salmonids to their freshwater spawning grounds, commonly known as "the salmon run", is one of the most beautiful and studied phenomena in the natural world. From our California rivers to the Great Pacific Ocean, species like coho salmon and steelhead trout face a variety of threats from human-related interactions. Carter Perez Adamson shared his amazing work with these species this summer and expertly shares first-hand experiences. Hear from a rising conservation leader about the work that goes into protecting an endangered species, and learn about the significance of fish conservation and health in Point Reyes National Seashore.
A Cause for Rebellion: Preserving Point Reyes National Seashore - Then and Now: PRNSA board member Seth Rosen hosted this tribute to the rebels who fought for the conservation of Point Reyes National Seashore. Hear from filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto and longtime NPS marine biologist Dr. Sarah Allen, who spoke about the then and now of science of conservation at Point Reyes.
If you have not yet seen REBELS WITH A CAUSE (2013), or you would like to see it again, we encourage you to watch the film by following the link below, where it can be purchased or streamed on your digital device for a small fee of $4.99. http://rebelsdocumentary.org/buy/home/
Shark Week: Red Barn Virtual Shark Talk with Scot Anderson - Biologist and longtime shark researcher, Scot Anderson, joined PRNSA and NPS for a special Shark Week webinar! Learn about all about the scarring patterns on sharks, as well as other interesting facts.
Color In Nature Seminar - As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives, we were excited to host an online seminar discussing the significant, but often underrepresented experiences of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community in the great outdoors. Check it out to hear ideas on how to make the outdoors welcoming to all.
The Connection Between Nature and Good Health: In conversation with Florence Williams, author of "The Nature Fix". Presented by PRNSA, the Mesa Refuge, Black Mountain Circle and Point Reyes Books.
Does Earth Have a Memory - How do we make sense of a story extending 4.5 billion years into the past? And what events in that long history have left their marks most indelibly on the planet we call home? Presented by favorite local educator and naturalist Don Jolley and our friends at the Bolinas Museum.
A Wide-Ranging Conversation on Lighthouses and the Sea with authors Jazmina Barrera & Philip Hoare, a Point Reyes Books and PRNSA colaboration.
A Response of California Black Rails to Wetland Restoration with Jules Evens, biologist and author of the The Natural History of the Point Reyes Penninsula. (A PRNSA funded study!)
Changing the River Otter Range Map: Brought to You by Community Science with Megan Isadore of the River Otter Ecology Project
Bats of Point Reyes and Marin County: Studying Secretive and Nocturnal Mammals of the Night Sky with Gabe Reyes of the U.S. Geological Survey
Best Picks from Partner Organizations
Amazing Secrets of Elephant Seals with Frank Binney - Hosted by the San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Marine Mammals of Point Reyes with Dr. Sarah Allen (a presentation by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin).
Community Unlearning Racial Justice Panel with Chandra Alexandre, CEO of Community Action Marin, Jonathan Logan, VP of Community Engagement with the Marin Community Foundation, and Don Carney, Founder of Youth Transforming Justice (a program of San Geronimo Valley Community Center)