August 11, 2021
I have the privilege of working in a living laboratory, and through my role at PRNSA, I also have the pleasure of managing our conservation staff and supporting the research that happens every day here at Point Reyes National Seashore. PRNSA provides opportunities for early-career scientists to get hands-on experience while contributing to research and conservation projects, an important and sobering task in the face of anthropogenic climate change and the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

I invite you to join us in supporting marine science in the park. All gifts up to $20,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor through September!

Final Stretch
In this week's issue of Voices at the Seashore you'll read about two marine science research projects we are funding this year through our Neubacher Marine Science Fund. You'll also hear from NPS scientists about the importance of marine research in the park and the role the park’s expanding Tomales Bay Marine Station (TBMS) plays in these efforts.
The Tomales Bay Marine Station expansion project, now nearing completion, has received over $1.5 million from the National Park Service and private donors, including funding from Grace Almon’s $250,000 bequest.
Please make a gift to help us reach our $50,000 goal to expand marine science research grants and complete two bunkhouses and a wet laboratory at the marine station. The enlarged research station will help us triple the housing we offer to interns and scientists.
Thank you for believing in and supporting science at the Seashore.
Sam Chiriboga
Assistant Director
P.S. - See park updates below for the exciting news on a General Agreement signed on Monday between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Point Reyes National Seashore. Congratulations and we are excited to support this deepening partnership!
Marine Science at the Seashore
Tomales Bay
Marine Station
Boosting Science and Access in Point Reyes National Seashore
For thousands of years, the Coast Miwok thrived on the Point Reyes peninsula because of its year-round bounty. It is surrounded by diverse marine ecosystems and abundant species within the heart of the California Current, a large oceanic current that flows north to south from Vancouver to Baja. Few places along the Pacific coast are home to so many species of marine and estuarine fish, birds, and marine mammals. It is an oceanographic demarcation for some species and a waypoint for migratory species as they wend their way north and south. For more than a century, marine research at Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) has been a focus of academic institutions and scientists. 
In 2013, thanks to the support of a long-time anonymous donor, PRNSA established the Neubacher Marine Science Fund to support annual research projects that advance the understanding of marine ecosystems in the park. Named after former park superintendent Don Neubacher, the fund has supported 17 projects. To support the fund and the expansion of the Tomales Bay Marine Station, click here or contact Development Director Heather Clapp.

Neubacher Grant Winner Seminar
Neubacher Grant Winner Benjamin Rubinoff's
Ph.D. Exit Seminar
Friday, August 27, 4pm

“Spatial and Temporal Variability in Processes Regulating Estuarine Fouling Communities”

Friday, August 27th at 4:00 pm 

Meeting ID: 951 9109 3907
Passcode: seasquirt
Fouling communities are diverse
assemblages of sessile, filter feeding
invertebrates found in marine and
estuarine environments. Since climate
change is likely to increase variability in
estuarine conditions, processes
structuring fouling communities could
shift over space and time. In this
dissertation, I explore how processes
influencing fouling communities vary
across an estuarine stress gradient,
inside and outside of seagrass beds, and
over three years of field experiments.

Park-Wide Updates:
Many areas of Point Reyes National Seashore are open. For current road and trail conditions, visit the park's website and social media. Here is a map of current closures.
Sunday, August 15, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Sunday, August 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, August 28, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, August 28, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Limantour Beach and Estero is one of the most productive wetlands at Point Reyes. Enjoy the variety of shorebirds that rest and feed there!

Saturday, September 18, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Anyone can become a member!

Saturdays, Sep 25 – October 23, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Become a Certified California Naturalist immersed in the natural history and unparalleled beauty of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Saturday, September 25, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Forest bathing is a guided nature meditation, a slow meander in the forest. Slow down to experience the natural world through your senses.

Friday, October 1, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Fall is an exciting season; warblers, flycatchers and others may be near the Lighthouse and Drakes Beach. Explore to find them!

Friday, October 8, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Wander in a state of awareness, closely observing and interpreting animal tracks and signs!

Sunday, October 17, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Macro photography is the art of becoming intimate with the minuscule and presenting it prominently.

Sunday, October 17, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Forest bathing is a guided nature meditation, a slow meander in the forest. Slow down to experience the natural world through your senses.

Saturday, October 30, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Create beautiful photos – if you are taking a hike, meandering in a Farmer’s Market, or on vacation. Learn to capture magical moments!

Tuesdays, Nov 2 -23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Photograph some of the seashore's most beautiful beaches under the best tidal conditions during this series of online and in person classes.

Sunday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The smartphone is the camera of choice for many. Learn how new apps can unlock your full potential to take breathtaking photos!

Sunday, November 21, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Nothing is more elusive and mysterious than the wild mushroom. Join us for an introduction to the mushrooms of the Central Coast!
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