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 17th to comply with the new 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, by encouraging exploration of the various places where we are taking shelter, and by 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.
Park in Place Educational Webinar Series
Are Sea Otters the Ghosts of Estuaries Past? - SAVE THE DATE - September 25, 4 - 5 pm
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.
**RESCHEDULED!** Community Read & Discussion with author Dr. Carolyn Finney
As Point Reyes National Seashore is currently managing an active fire, we are postponing this event for when our community can more fully focus on this important conversation. Please stay tuned for a future date for our first Virtual Community Book Club and Conversation. In partnership with the Marin County Free Library, we are reading the book Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Dr. Carolyn Finney. Dr. Finney will speak about her book and engage in a conversation with PRNSA staff. Copies of the book are available at both Inverness and Point Reyes Libraries. Note: these copies will be reserved at the desks. Please call and reserve a copy or stop by during curbside hours and request the book. FYI, if someone calls and needs the book sent to Bolinas or Stinson Beach, the librarians can have the book sent to the library and placed on the hold shelf. Also - Black Faces, White Spaces is available on Hoopla through the library with no wait. Instructions for downloading to Hoopla on the library's website: https://marinlibrary.org/ebooks/
WEBINAR PROGRAM ARCHIVE
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? with local educator and naturalist Don Jolley and 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
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)