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
Burns & Bites - Thur, May 13, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
You've been waiting a long time for an update on the burn area of Point Reyes National Seashore since the Woodward Fire back in August and we are very excited to finally bring that to you. Join us for a special update on this critical change in our park. What's open, what's closed, what's gone, what's safe, all things to find out. Speaking of safety, with summer just around the corner we know more and more of you are itching to get out here, but lets keep that itching to the nerves alone. Our friends from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation are equally eager to share some tips and tricks to navigate tick season confidently. If you're planning some awesome trips to the park this summer or anytime soon this webinar is for you.
WEBINAR PROGRAM ARCHIVE
Saludos from the Yucatan to Point Reyes - April 8, 2021The pandemic has curtailed travel, but not our curiousity about the natural world close to home and far away. In this webinar we visited with Robin Brown and Victor Hugo "Paz" Mariles who dial in from the Yucatán to show us around their home and the hidden gems of the ecosystems. Robin's connection to Point Reyes is Peter Behr, his uncle and an environmentalist who supported the establishment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Robin follows in his family's footsteps through his activist and environmental work in Mexico. Paz is an amazing naturalist and guide to Mayan culture, cenotes, reefs, wildlife, and jungle habitats.This webinar is brought to you by our friends at the Layla Guesthouse in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
The Superintendent's Hour - On March 11, 2021 PRNSA Outreach Manager Brandon Barragan interviewed Craig Kenkel, Point Reyes National Seashore's new superintendent Craig Kenkel. In this lively exchange you'll hear Craig's thoughts on important issues facing the park, as well as some of his favorite foods and people!
Field Conservation for Mountatin Gorillas??? - We met with Jena Hickey, Inventory & Monitoring Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Network and Kelly Steward, retired anthropologist and researcher, to hear about their experiences working in Africa to support the native mountain gorilla populations. Learn about how inventory and monitoring is an important tool for conservation globally and locally in this fascinating presentation.
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. Check out this video to hear from naturalist David Wimpfheimer about 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 virtually. Check out the amazing restoration work over the last two years to conserve this Point Reyes icon.
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, October 10, 2020 - Watch our Dinner on the Pacific Plate virtual program to hear stories from the heart, stories about the Woodward fire, and stories of the park. This virtual presentation of our annual fundraiser includes great videography from around the park, including the wildfire that burned in the park over the summer and early fall. This is a wonderful story of science, hope, and regeneration!
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)