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A Bobcat Day in Bear Valley

January 16, 2012 by Jules Evens

The Bear Valley trail, heading southwest from Park Headquarters to the coast, is one of the emblematic walks, and the most traveled trail, on the Point Reyes Peninsula. Jules covers about 10 miles and encounters a bobcat, an alligator lizard, early-blooming milkmaids, and very late-blooming Indian paintbrush.

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Setting Out: 2012 Point Reyes Walkabout

January 03, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules starts with Muir and runs into a badger as he sets out on his adventure to hike every trail at Point Reyes this year. Stay tuned for more!

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Christmas Bird Count is serious citizen science

December 14, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

Some say it's a "military style" operation, and surely the level of expertise in the field can be intimidating. But the Christmas Bird Count is also great fun for normally solitary birders and a chance to grow the next generation of naturalists.

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Uncovering Nature’s Treasures with David Wimpfheimer

December 09, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

From whale-watching expeditions to wildflower forays to the annual Christmas Bird Count, naturalist David Wimpfheimer takes great pleasure in leading people on what he likes to call natural "treasure hunts."

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Should National Parks Allow Air Tours?

October 12, 2011 by Paul Epstein

Two air tour operators got a provisional green light for low-flying air tours over the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes. Meanwhile, a long-term Air Tour Management Plan is in the works. As the October 21 public comment deadline approaches, some environmentalists say air tours have no place in parks, while tour operators say they offer access to people who might not otherwise see the parks.

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High Time For Harbor Seal Pupping

April 22, 2011 by Erica Reder

Unlike sea lions and elephant seals, harbor seals shun attention. A harbor seal may flee at the slightest disturbance, and mothers have been known to abandon pups when harassed. Late April is peak pupping time, so watch out when you are kayaking on the Bay or walking certain beaches.

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Tracking an Extreme Mammal: Elephant Seals

March 14, 2011 by Juliet Grable

They can plunge to depths of more than a mile and stay submerged for 90 minutes without coming up for air. They can swim up to 14,000 miles a year. The males can weigh over two and a half tons. You could say elephant seals are "Extreme Mammals," record-holders in several categories, including deepest divers. And with new tracking methods, we're learning more than ever about these amazing creatures.

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Winter Wildlife Watching

February 02, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and nothing melts the heart like the sight of a newborn marine mammal pup. How about a thousand of them? That's how many elephant seals have been born at Ano Nuevo State Park, and another 500 are on the way. Throw in 700 more at Point Reyes. Oh, and it's the beginning of gray whale migration too. What are you waiting for?

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Abbotts Lagoon: October

January 01, 2011 by Robert Hass

The first thing that is apt to raise your eyesAbove the dove-grey and silvery thicketsOf lupine and coyote bush and ...

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In the Third Kind of Fog

January 01, 2011 by Jon Carroll

For San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll, it all happened at Limantour.

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