Point Reyes

Over the holidays, Brandon and I visited the Point Reyes area. This area is just north of San Francisco along the Pacific coast of California. While there we spent time hiking around the Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and areas in the town of Bolinas (including a overwintering area for monarch butterflies). All the areas were gorgeous with stunning views and amazing wildlife.

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Shipwreck in the town of Inverness, Point Reyes Lighthouse (fans of the movie The Fog will recognize this), and trail at Heart’s Desire Beach

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Stunning views at the Point Reyes National Seashore

 

We saw an assortment of interesting mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, marine invertebrates, and plants, including elephant seals, surf scoters, arboreal salamanders, and nudibranchs. None of the amphibians were new species for me but several of the mammals, birds, invertebrates, and plants were. If you ever get a chance to visit this area, I highly recommend it (but watch out for strong winds!!)

 

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Arboreal Salamanders from Heart’s Desire Beach trail

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Three arboreal salamanders and two California slender salamanders found under the same log at Heart’s Desire Beach trail

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Brandon with his first California slender salamander found along Heart’s Desire Beach trail

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California slender salamanders found at two locations – Bear Valley and Heart’s Desire Beach

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Four California slender salamanders found under the same log at Bear Valley

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Yellow-eyed ensatinas found at Bear Valley

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Tule elk, coyote, and black-tailed deer (with a stylish radio collar) seen around Point Reyes National Seashore

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Elephant seals seen at Point Reyes National Seashore

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Banana slug at Heart’s Desire Beach Trail

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Tidepool critters – sea anemones, crabs, starfish, mussels, barnacles, fish, sea urchins, snails, and coral

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Tidepools!!

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Nudibranchs (aka sea slugs) – Sea Clown Triopha and Orange-peel Doris

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Fossilized whale vertebrate

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are solely this author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Wandering Herpetologist website.
Sara Viernum

Author: Sara Viernum

Sara is a wildlife biologist and herpetologist with over 15 years experience. She started this blog in June 2011 as a way to share and promote information about herps. Gotta question or comment for Sara? Email her at sara[at]wanderingherpetologist.com

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