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Curious sighting at Drakes Beach

Greetings docent crew! This past weekend was busier than the previous one, with docent contacts at 844 on Saturday and 622 on Sunday. Dogs were 11 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. These were dogs and their owners who would have made a beeline for the beach and would have certainly wandered right up to the seals had not traffic cones and docents been there (along with the actual beach closure). About a dozen surfers on both days. But the…

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A bittersweet day at Drakes Beach…

We had a fantastic weekend in at Point Reyes, while most of the adult seals have left Drakes Beach, the weather was beautiful, the wildflowers have begun to bloom and there were many whale sightings on the Chimney Rock Trail. In addition to this awesomeness, thanks to the effort and hospitality of several docents we had a wonderful meal at the boathouse on Saturday. I came to PORE three years ago, largely for the wildlife and wilderness. Funnily enough, it…

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A walk on Drakes Beach – sunshine, happy weaners and lots of plastic

A quick thanks to each of the docents that were out in the park this last weekend. As Carlo mentioned, despite the mixed weather, visitation was surprisingly high. I was at KPVC Monday morning and she was still on the beach. Sadly Monday was the last elephant seal count of the season. There were lots of weaners playing in the water and still quite a few sub-adult males on the beach. Below the elephant seal overlook there were even several…

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One Last Cow at Drakes

This past weekend was bittersweet as one cow remains and, with her departure, males will leave the beach in about a week or so. The picture above captures the alpha and remaining cow under a rainbow. We thought for sure we would witness the cow depart Sunday afternoon as she headed from the iceplant, lumbered on the beach, and towards the surf but her pup’s frantic and desperate vocalization held her back mid-beach and she stayed to nurse. It was…

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KPVC E seals = Weaners!

Hi docent crew, Another successful weekend concluded at Drakes! The rainy weather kept visitation lower compared to previous weekends with docent contacts at 394 on Sat 3/3 and 679 on Sun 3/4. Did I mention it was rainy? It wasn’t a heavy downpour but a steady, chilly rain that persisted both days. Cows are low, five or less with at least two pups still being weaned. Saturday was quite active with that males; Sunday was pretty quiet. Carlo tried out…

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Super Busy President’s Day Weekend

What a weekend! Thank you to everyone that made it out for this three day weekend, which peaked with 1325 docent contacts on Sunday. Totals were 793 for Sat 2/16, 1325 for Sun 2/17, and 1164 for Mon 2/18! Keep in mind, this is without shuttles, lighthouse, and whales. Pretty remarkable! Thanks for volunteering your time for this program, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the National Park Service!

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A brief word about ticks

Docents, just a quick reminder about ticks in the park. They are there and they are hungry. Please, please remember to give yourself a quick tick-check after you leave the park. I managed to pick up a tick this last week during a seal count and I have heard of a park employee that picked up a tick in the vicinity of Drakes Beach. If you do find a tick that has embedded, here is what you should do: Remove…

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Peak Mating, Heavy Press, and More

Hi docents and welcome to the Drakes Beach Colony! First of all, THANK YOU for your flexibility and resilience in adjusting to this new colony amid a shutdown that saw us lose about 12 docent days. 12 days! Yet you all have made up for it with an energy and enthusiasm that would be the envy of other volunteer programs in the service. As you’ve probably seen, the park superintendent was out this past weekend and she sent me an…

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Drama to the Southwest of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center

On Tuesday, myself and one of Sarah’s volunteers did a seal count from the Ken Patrick Visitor Center down to the permanent closure. The permanent closure is the closure which if visible from the Elephant Seal Overlook. It was a beautifully cold day with a bit of wind and calm seas. As we rounded the point, I was struck by how much sand has been washed away. This is evidence of the stormy winter that we’ve seen. When we count…

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