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About Jules Evens

Naturalist and writer Jules Evens has lived near Point Reyes for over 30 years. He is the founder of Avocet Research Associates and the author of The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula and An Introduction to California Birdlife (both UC Press).


In the Forests Around Mount Tam, The Southern Range of Northern Spotted Owls

September 25, 2017 by Jules Evens

The luxuriant forests of Upper Lagunitas Creek, Phoenix Lake, and Bolinas Ridge are critical sanctuary for the northern spotted owl.

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Tomales Bay Revival: The Ripple Effects of Restoration

June 21, 2015 by John Kelly and Jules Evens

When the "heart of the estuary" was restored in 2008, scientists expected to see wildlife return. But Tomales Bay's remarkable renewal in just seven years has exceeded expectations.


Limantour Beach, and a complete hike of Point Reyes

January 23, 2013 by Jules Evens

Hike along Limantour Beach with naturalist Jules Evens on the final leg in his yearlong journey to hike every trail at Point reyes National Seashore/


Kehoe Marsh and McClures Beach in Winter

January 02, 2013 by Jules Evens

Discover diverse wildlife and great sunsets, even in winter, with naturalist Jules Evens at McClure's Beach, Point Reyes. This is his second-to-last post in a yearlong quest to hike and write about every trail at Point Reyes.


Point Reyes Exploration: Five Brooks to Alamere Falls

December 27, 2012 by Jules Evens

Tag along with Jules Evens to discover dozens of bird species, secluded ponds, and a rushing waterfall on the beach.

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Point Reyes: Drake’s Head via Estero Trail

December 13, 2012 by Jules Evens

Author Jules Evens is only three hikes away from his goal of walking every mile of trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in 2012, the park's 50th anniversary.

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Twenty miles of Point Reyes

November 20, 2012 by Jules Evens

Tag along with Jules Evens on two 10 mile hikes as he closes in on hiking every mile of trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in 2012.

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Wildlife Scenes from Marshall Beach, Point Reyes

October 23, 2012 by Jules Evens

Marshall Beach Trail. October 12, 2012 “Life is a journey, not a destination.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson The  trailhead to Marshall ...

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The Outer Point in Autumn

October 10, 2012 by Jules Evens

The Outer Point Reyes Peninsula is a Mecca for both birds and birdwatchers during autumn migration. And it's a fine place to see elephant seals as well.

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Limantour Beach to Five Brooks Pond—coyote leads the way.

October 02, 2012 by Jules Evens

Few coastlines are as pacifying as the broad sandy beach at Limantour in Point Reyes. Come along on a 14 mile hike across the peninsula.


Trail to the tip of the hummingbird’s bill at Tomales Point

September 26, 2012 by Jules Evens

Take a walk with Jules Evens to see tule elk and the reef at the northern tip of Point Reyes, surrounded on three sides by ocean.

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Walk along lower Lagunitas Creek

September 24, 2012 by Jules Evens

Birding and more along Lagunitas Creek, with Jules Evens and the naturalists-in-training from SPAWN.


All Abuzz on Muddy Hollow Trail

August 24, 2012 by Jules Evens

“Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to ...

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Abbott’s Lagoon Photo Gallery

August 13, 2012 by Jules Evens

A visit to Abbott’s Lagoon always proves rewarding and never fails to offer a fresh experience. I’ve strolled down to the main lagoon dozens of times over the years and each visit is unique and memorable.


In the Fog Drip at Point Reyes

August 04, 2012 by Jules Evens

“To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.” —John Burroughs I was thinking about John Burroughs, “the Grand ...

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Point Reyes: Palomarin to Bear Valley

July 04, 2012 by Jules Evens

Last night, for the first time in their 132-year rivalry, the San Francisco Giants swept the L.A. Dodgers with a shutout. This morning my granddaughter, Kalia, took her first steps and the Supreme Court upheld "Obamacare." To celebrate, I decided to take a long "walkabout."


Crowning Glories: 50 Years of Point Reyes

July 02, 2012 by Jules Evens

Point Reyes for millennia provided rich habitat to a diversity of plant and animal species. Its discovery and settlement by Europeans and then Americans altered the landscape, but not irretrievably. And thanks to some determined visionaries, the peninsula and its habitats were protected 50 years ago.

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Point Reyes: Fingers of the Sea

July 01, 2012 by Jules Evens

Dawn. Spring tide. Fog shrouds the estuary. A shore-cast tree trunk--contorted, branching skyward--rests in the shallows. On its twisted branches roost a half-dozen cormorants, some with wings outstretched or akimbo, others standing upright, necks coiled into graceful question marks. That congregation, silhouetted by the morning light, suspended on the rising tide between the pewter sky and the mercurial bay, conjures a prehistoric diorama, a world awaiting sunlight parables.

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Nabokov’s Blues along the Estero Trail

June 20, 2012 by Jules Evens

Searching for butterflies at Point Reyes--and finding them! Hike along with Jules Evens on a 7.5 mile loop with planty of winged beauty.

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Olema Valley Trail: Texiera Ranch to Five Brooks. (4.7 miles one-way)

June 06, 2012 by Jules Evens

Stinging nettles and horsetail, plus lots of wildflowers, on the trail at Point Reyes.

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A Naturalist’s Vow at Point Reyes: Obedience to Awareness

June 02, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules Evens continues his year-long trek on all the trails of Point Reyes. this time out, it's the Bayview Trail, short on views but long on wildlife and the interesting ecological processes of the bishop pine forest, much of which burned in the 1995 Vision Fire.

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In the Splash Zone at Point Reyes

May 26, 2012 by Jules Evens

In his quest to hike every trail at Point Reyes, Jules Evens takes a short walk rich in wildlife sightings, from butterflies to black oystercatchers.

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Eight Miles at Point Reyes for a Warbler, with Bonus Damselflies and More

May 22, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules Evens heads out on an eight-mile loop, timed with the nesting, and singing, of some of Point Reyes's least-common warblers. Follow along and see what else he finds!

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An Easter morning hike in Point Reyes’s Church of Nature

April 17, 2012 by Jules Evens

Hiking along Drakes Estero, Jules Evens meditates on eelgrass, sea geese, and the footprint of humanity in a wild place.


Relishing the Fog at Point Reyes

April 12, 2012 by Jules Evens

On an overcast day after spring rains, Jules Evens encounters the expected--a banana slug in a lush Douglas fir forest--and the unexpected--a shrew-mole--on a 4-mile hike along Inverness Ridge as part of his Point Reyes Walkabout.


Irises, paintbrush and more in bloom at Point reyes

April 08, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules Evens clocks another 5 miles of his 154-mile adventure through Point Reyes, this time with Douglas irises and other wildflowers coming into bloom. Another great hike you can take at Point Reyes!

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Bees, Coyotes, and More at Point Reyes: Laguna Ranch Loop

April 04, 2012 by Jules Evens

Jules Evens continues his quest to hike every trail at Point Reyes National Seashore. Here, he traces a route where he once encountered a mountain lion. This time, the wildlife is a bit tamer, but no less beautiful: red-legged frogs, native bees, wildflowers, and a coyote howl to finish it off.

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The Pinnacle of Point Reyes: Mount Wittenberg

March 15, 2012 by Jules Evens

Hike to the top of Point Reyes, and learn more local bird lore, as Jules Evens continues his quest to hike every trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in 2012.


Mixing with the Birds on the Olema Trail, Point Reyes

March 05, 2012 by Jules Evens

Hike along with Jules Evens on the Olema Trail at Point Reyes, where he encounters a few mixed flocks of songbirds, some early spring wildflowers, and more.


Walking the Rift Zone at Point Reyes

February 22, 2012 by Jules Evens

Take a four-mile stroll with Jules Evens through a landscaped shaped by enormous geological forces -- and full of wildlife, native plants, and a more than a few puzzles.

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Butterflies, Pelicans, and Bobcats at Point Reyes

February 06, 2012 by Jules Evens

As part of his Point Reyes Walkabout, Jules Evens covers 10 miles on the Estero Trail, spots a bobcat, and logs a record-early sighting of a common butterfly, possibly thanks to climate change.


Let It Rain: Two Short Strolls at Point Reyes

January 30, 2012 by Jules Evens

Now that the winter rains have finally found us here along the central California coast, my attention focuses on finding weather windows for walks in the wild. During a gentle shower, or a just after a stormy squall, the forests and fields are freshened and it's a fine time to take to the trail.


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.


50 Years of Point Reyes, 154 Miles of Trails!

January 04, 2012 by Jules Evens

This New Year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Point Reyes National Seashore, yet another brilliant example of "America's Best Idea." To acknowledge and honor this milestone, I have set a personal goal to walk all of the 154 miles of designated trails within the Seashore during 2012, one step at a time.

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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!


Shifting Sands

April 01, 2008 by Jules Evens

At the mouth of Tomales Bay, sand dunes and seasonal wetlands coexist uneasily with California's largest coastal campground. The dunes at Lawson's Landing, home to rare butterflies and plants like the dune tansy, are among the few left of a once-common coastal habitat that could be restored and maintained as a healthy, functioning ecosystem. But can that be accomplished without driving out the family-run camping operation at the dunes that, since 1957, has been an affordable summer getaway for thousands of visitors?

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Resources about Salmon and Other Anadromous Fish

October 01, 2001 by Jules Evens

Anadromous Fish Symposium The Center for Ecosystem Mangement and Restoration (CEMAR) and the Oakland Museum are sponsoring a symposium on ...

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The Dream Given by You

October 01, 2001 by Jules Evens

The return of endangered coho salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds in this west Marin watershed is an essential component of the connective tissue that holds a fragmented ecosystem together. Greeting the salmon tethers us to the landscape's seasonal rhythms and reawakens a lineage that goes back to the first inhabitants of this place.

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What’s the difference between bird songs and bird calls?

July 01, 2001 by Jules Evens

Q: What’s the difference between bird songs and bird calls? [L.R., Santa Clara A: Bird song, usually produced by the ...

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