This spring, while we are out hiking, biking, and enjoying the spring sunshine, the beaches and the longer days, PRNSA would like to remind our fellow park lovers about the other creatures who share our park. Point Reyes is home to over 1,500 species of plants and animals. While the diversity of species found here year-round is incredibly dynamic, March through September are some of the most important months to be aware of sensitive habitats found in the park. This "peak time" for human activities at the Seashore also coincides with the western snowy plover breeding season and prime pupping season for harbor seals. PRNSA is proud to support conservation work that protects the park's rich flora, fauna, and varied habitats.
A recent incident where an off-leash dog killed a Guadalupe fur seal in the park reminded me of the story and lessons from an article in our magazine last year about the western snowy plovers. The dog was not only off leash, but also in a restricted beach area where snowy plovers breed and nest. I invite you to
read (or re-read)
the article below. The plover story is one of fragile hope that relies on us to have a happy ending.
Below also are guidelines for visiting beaches during the plover breeding season. Another way you can help is by supporting our conservation work with a gift. The next time you find yourself walking on the beach, notice how the tides restore balance in the coastal ecosystem and think of the work we do, year-round, to protect and preserve this place we all love. Every day we work to restore, protect, educate, and above all, maintain balance here at the Seashore. Please consider joining us as a
High Tide Monthly Supporter
. It is the greenest, easiest way to show your support for Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
Last, but not least, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who will visit the park this weekend. We are lucky to share this incredible place with mothers of many species.