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The Ken Patrick Visitor Center and Point Reyes National Seashore Association bookstore at Drakes Beach will be open all three days of this #PresidentsDay holiday weekend (Sat - Mon). It's a great time to take your family and friends out here to view the elephant seals. Just remember Drakes Beach Road is only open from 9 am to 5 pm each day of the 3-day weekend. While Drakes Beach is getting all the attention for the elephant seals, don't forget that another great place to view the seals is at the Elephant Seal Overlook near the Chimney Rock parking lot. 👉The shuttle buses have been cancelled for the remainder of the season, so there are no restrictions driving out to the Chimney Rock area. Check out our homepage to get all the info you need about viewing elephant seals in the park: www.nps.gov/pore. Have a great weekend! Please share with us your great adventures out in the park! (sc) #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #PRNSA @pointreyes_prnsa


#HappyValentinesDay! Every year, the peak of mating for elephant seals occurs during the week of Valentine's Day. The males will once again be battling to try to overthrow the alpha male from his throne, so please continue to stay out of the closed breeding areas. (sc) #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #ElephantSeals #SafeDistance


Yesterday’s storm brought “snow” to Point Reyes...sea foam!! 💨🌊 NPS Photo/Karen McKey. (sc) #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque


Look! On the beach! It's a blob! It's a beach ball! It's a SUPER WEANER!! . . Some of the adult female elephant seals are starting to leave the colony to find food out at sea and we are now seeing weaned pups on the beaches of Point Reyes. A weaned pup, or “weaner”, is a pup that is no longer nursing from its mother and is now on its own. Weaners will remain on the beach for a couple months, living off of the fat they have built up from nursing. A newborn pup weighs about 70 lbs at birth and balloons up to about 300 lbs one month later when they are weaned. Some pups are sneaky and will nurse from multiple females and could weigh as much as 600 lbs!! We call those super weaners!🤩 NPS Photo/NMFS Permit No. 17152. (sc) #ElephantSeals #MilkThief #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #AndersonCooper #AndersonCooperFullCircle


This week’s social media takeover by the elephant seals continues today with discussing one of the threats they face from #ClimateChange. A major concern is the loss of beach habitat due to sea level rise and an increase in the frequency and severity of winter storms (which increases sand loss). Elephant seals come on shore during the winter months to give birth and need a safe beach where the pups won’t get washed away by strong waves. If there is not a wide enough area on the beach to avoid the waves, then the seals will look for a safer, more open area. The recent influx of elephant seals at Drakes Beach in front of the visitor center shows this is a current issue and will continue to be a challenge for seals in the future. As more of their beach habitat is lost, the seals will discover new areas to come ashore. Want to learn more about elephant seals? go.nps.gov/pore/eseals This image shows an elephant seal colony during a King Tide event, which is when there are extreme tides. NPS Photo. (sc) #ElephantSeals #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque


Just like the elephant seals have taken over parts of Drakes Beach, this week they’re also taking over the park’s social media accounts! Every day this week we’ll share fun facts about these amazing animals. #DYK Elephant seals probably did not breed at Point Reyes, historically. Grizzly bears on the west coast would have been a dangerous predator for seals and they would not have been able to have their pups on mainland beaches, like Drakes Beach. Most elephant seals probably gave birth to pups on islands. Elephant seal pups can’t swim at birth and must stay on land for the first few weeks of life. This would have made the seals easy prey for a grizzly bear! Elephant seal sightings reported in Point Reyes in the 1800s, most likely occurred at other times of the year outside of the breeding season. Don’t forget you can view them every day at the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock or you can view them at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center on weekends only (9 am – 5 pm). NPS Photo/Sean Pickton. NMFS Permit No. 21425. (sc) #TheMoreYouKnow #BearsAndSealsDoNotMix #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #ElephantSeals


The #elephantseals have been keeping us busy but it’s time to #UnscienceAnAnimal! You can gaze upon the MVPs (most vocal pinnipeds) of #PointReyesNPS at Drakes Beach from 9am - 5pm on weekends and federal holidays. Or check them out any day of the week at the aptly named Elephant Seal Overlook at Chimney Rock. More info at www.nps.gov/pore. Like other @pointreyesnps animals? We’d love to see you #Unscience them and share below! #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #SealBlindedMeWithScience #Science


Come work with us! Apply for a summer internship with the Latino Heritage Internship Program and Point Reyes National Seashore. Deadline is Feb. 10. Details and application at latinoheritageintern.com. (ca) #EncuentraTuParque #FindYourPark #PointReyesNPS


Looking for a summer paid #internship? Work with us as a #mosaicsinscience intern! Deadline to apply is Feb. 10: www.mosaicsinscience.org/apply/ (ca) #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #PointReyesNPS


DRAKES BEACH UPDATE - As you may have heard, Drakes Beach is under new management. Elephant seals have taken over!!! This weekend, February 2 and 3, Drakes Beach road and parking lot will open at 9:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM for elephant seal viewing. There will be no shuttle buses and a new traffic/parking pattern in place. The beach itself will remain closed at the direction of the new management. Park Rangers and Winter Wildlife Docents will be on site to provide direction, education, and safe viewing opportunities for the public. Be prepared for access to change if the new management decide to occupy the parking lot and sidewalks. Up to date information will be on Twitter (@PointReyesNPS). Thank you for your patience during this trial run. (jd) #PointReyesNPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque


We're back online! The park will resume operations on Sunday, January 27,2019 with the Bear Valley Visitor Center reopening at 9am. It will take some time to return to regular operations. Please be patient as we work to reopen closed restrooms, clear trails, and restore utilities. Stay tuned for further information, we'll keep you posted. Our website is a great resource for up to date info, link in our bio. 📷:NPS Photo

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