"I work for blue waters kayaking and we have had a grey cat hanging around. Yesterday it showed up again with 5 little kittens in tow. Before we try to find homes for them. We wanted to see if anyone was missing a cat that was pregnant." - Phoebe Bryan
People are still asking TWMF about the osprey nest that was cut down on Sir Francis Drake heading into the park. Local photographer Daniel Dietrich has done extensive research on it and posted it on his blog which I highly recommend reading. According to Daniel, they knew there were eggs in the nest when they cut it down. READ BLOG POST: http://www.danieldietrichphotography.com/blog/2016/4/death-of-an-osprey
TWMF is on vacation, so the posts will be slow until next week. If you have an important update, please post to the page. A local spotted this at The Pine Cone Diner, soon to be The Blue Heron BBQ???? (Thx IW)
TRAFFIC ALERT: A truck flipped over on Sir Francis Drake in Samuel P. Taylor and both lanes are currently blocked. No time estimate for re-opening, plan accordingly. If anyone has an update, let us know. (thx KEP)
From a reader: "Hi. Yesterday at 5:30pm I was at the Inverness School playground with my 3-year-old son when we saw a young mountain lion on the street. It was sitting calmly, looked over at us & then slowly walked into the woods." Has anyone else seen something similar in the area recently? Could it be a bobcat? (thx JD)
The Strategic Working Group (SWG) was formed in order to incorporate community input in developing and refining the range of alternatives for replacement of the existing Green Bridge prior to the development of the Draft Environmental Review report. The SWG has met twice so far. On March 22nd Caltrans mailed a newsletter to local residents and businesses regarding some of the results of the meetings to date. Subsequent newsletters will include further information on the project.
In addition, Meeting Summaries of the first two meetings of the Strategic Working Group will be posted shortly to this same website.
And, if you did not attend the October 14, 2015, Caltrans meeting at the Dance Palace, please read the poster boards available at that meeting as they contain lots of valuable information. They are also posted on the Caltrans project website. Look for "Oct 14th Meeting Materials."
"Last Sunday local farmer Molly Myerson lost all of her tools and farm equipment to a fire, and most tragically, 300 newly-hatched quail that she was raising to move outside for her laying flock. In light of the fire, which demolished the barn but left her cultivated acre unharmed, Myerson’s landlord has given her 60 days to vacate the property." FULL STORY: http://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/little-wing-farm-fire/
"There have been several car smash and grabs today (I heard 6) the latest at Marin Sun Farms where the thieves stole 2 backpacks after breaking the rear seat window. The thieves dumped the packs in Olema and took off. Still on the run." Anyone hear about this? (Thx JS)
A large tree fell down at the top of Laurel Ave. in Inverness Park blocking the road and knocking down power lines. Early reports are that it hit a propane tank and propane is leaking as well. Stay clear of the area.
Scary situation, great work by local fire crews. "Fire destroyed a home in the West Marin community of Inverness early Saturday morning, displacing residents without causing any injuries. At 4:39 a.m., an emergency caller described a structure fire with flames shooting out of a roof in the 500 block of Pierce Point Road, located in the Shallow Beach area north of Inverness and adjacent to Tomales Bay State Park. Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said the structure, an older two-story farmhouse, was a total loss." FULL STORY: http://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2016/mcfd-invernessfire-031916
Sad news. That osprey nest on SFD as you go up Ottinger's Hill into the park that I took a picture of with two ospreys nesting in it WAS CUT DOWN today by PG&E and Davey Tree. An osprey was in the nest this morning before crews arrived. According to reports, PG&E claims they had property owner and USFWS approval and that the tree was in imminent danger of falling on power lines (despite having survived last two storms). But cutting a nest down when the birds are clearly nesting in it and possibly have eggs? That seems like a very bad decision, how is that not illegal? Anyone else know the rules?
Always interesting to be driving through the park and the ranches in Point Reyes while a debate on the radio rages on about the park and the ranches in Point Reyes. The Forum on KQED had an extended discussion about it today with Jeff Miller, Nicolette Hahn Niman and Paul Rogers. Its live now, they'll put the archive up later. Highly recommend listening to it if you care about this issue. I let these cows listen to some of the show so they were in the loop. WEB SITE: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201603180900
"Road Closure: Bolinas-Fairfax Road closed over Mt. Tamalpias between the Meadow Club, Fairfax and Ridgecrest Road due to multiple mud/rock slides. Engineers and road crews evaluating repairs needs, road expected to be closed through at least Monday afternoon. We'll keep you posted on this..." - Sheriff Doug Pittman
SR-1 south of Tomales is officially closed right now, both lanes. Haven't heard any estimated time of opening. Looks like another solid shot of rain is coming in around 3:00pm with possible thunderstorms.
SR-1 is flooded south of Tomales, about a foot of water on road, proceed with caution, it may be closed. Blocking both lanes. I heard a report that West Marin and Tomales schools are closing early, be sure to confirm that with your school. Trees down all over the place, be safe!
From NWS: "BOTTOM LINE...THURSDAY INTO MONDAY LOOKS VERY WET FOR OUR ENTIRE REGION ESPECIALLY FOR THE NORTH BAY. DUE TO THE RECENT RAINFALL AND SATURATED SOILS IN MANY SPOTS, SOME HYDRO PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY. PERSONS NEAR CREEKS AND STREAMS SHOULD PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LATEST FORECASTS. RAINFALL TOTALS BY MONDAY COULD BE NEAR A FOOT FOR SOME NORTH BAY MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS." No idea why they keep the caps key slammed down, but go get an umbrella if you haven't already.
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Did you see it? Did you hear it? At 8:11 this morning the Sherif's Office received a report of a woman behaving strangling, standing in the middle of the road on SF Drake Blvd on Olema Hill yelling and screaming at passing motorists. When deputies arrived to check on her welfare the woman ran to her car and fled from pursuing deputies. The chase continued Southbound on Hwy 1 towards Stinson. The woman attempted to evade the deputies making U-turns and finally 23 minutes later, coming to a stop where deputies were able to take her into custody.
Exactly what led to this behavior is yet unknown. The driver, a Stinson Beach resident, will be facing several severe charges for her actions.
On a side note, I want to thank Carla and other staff at Stinson Beach School who once notified of the chase and not knowing what the woman's intentions were, locked down the school at our request in Stinson Beach until we knew all were safe and that there was no threat to our children!"
From NWSBayArea: "Rain returns to #CenCal this week into next. @NWSWPC 6 day precip total shows inches of rain possible." Prepare accordingly. Sounds like really strong south winds on Saturday and Sunday too.
Amazing what you find when you clean out the West Marin Little League shed to get the season started. If you're interested in sponsoring the league and having your own sign on the home run wall, let me know.
The Point Reyes Light did a really nice story on the Case of The Burned Boat with solid quotes and historical context. Highly recommend reading it. Also, they scored the actual fire picture, so bonus points there (by Katie Eberle). Plus they mentioned TWMF, so double bonus points. PR LIGHT STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/iconic-inverness-boat-burns
Other links worth reading (to see how the news covered this):
"I know one of the two people who accidentally set this landmark, and iconic photo location ablaze. He thought he was being careful, but physics took over and the unthinkable happened. The old shipwreck burned. He feels terrible and has admitted to his part. I'll admit the pics that came from the session he and his friend shot look cool. That said, I wish it didn't happen." - Matt Grans Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattgranz/25098942332/
Uh oh. "A year after an oyster farm was forced to shut down at Point Reyes National Seashore, sparking a bitter controversy over the role of farming in national parks, a coalition of environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit over a bigger and more explosive target: thousands of dairy and beef cattle in the park. The groups say that park service officials are violating federal law because they are moving forward with a plan to renew 20-year leases to the ranchers without conducting adequate environmental studies on how the thousands of cows are affecting the seashore's scenic resources, including its tule elk." FULL STORY: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_29504013/point-reyes-lawsuit-challenges-historic-ranching-operations-at
Just in time for Valentine's Day! A West Marin love story (in SFGate no less). "Claire Herminjard did not want to date a meat guy. When she met David Evans in 2010, she was looking for business advice. The two felt a flash of connection when they realized how much their ideals about agriculture, and life, lined up. They probably even fell in love that day. But the timing wasn’t right because Herminjard had made it a rule: Do not get involved with a meat guy." FULL LOVE STORY: http://www.sfchronicle.com/recipes/article/A-rare-romance-blossoms-in-Bay-Area-s-niche-6821617.php#photo-9344227
Tomorrow is the big showdown in Morro Bay over the removal of the California Coastal Commission's Executive Director Charles Lester. "The (removal) campaign was spurred by (those) who would prefer a less restrictive approach to coastal development projects and are hoping to replace Lester with someone more compliant to their will." Legions are expected to attend Wednesday’s 10 a.m. hearing on the Central Coast, prompting staffers to move it to a larger venue. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5203235-181/battle-over-coastal-commissions-charles
A reader shared this: "Kent Lake is spilling. A guy from MMWD told me: 'We're in great shape.' Now if we can just take the rest of the state with us...." So will the Nicasio Reservoir spill over too? And will it ever rain again? (thanks BE)
I think Panoramic Highway is still closed today, anyone have details? "A mudslide on Panoramic Highway caused a daylong closure Saturday, cutting off access to parts of Mount Tamalpais State Park. The slide of mud and rocks spilled onto the thoroughfare between Pan Toll Road and the Throckmorton Ridge fire station at about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, California Highway officials said. No one was injured." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20160130/mount-tam-mudslide-chokes-panoramic-highway
High surf advisory and coastal flood advisory tomorrow due to another storm and king tides. Stay dry. Be safe. Don't drive through standing bodies of water. Send any updates to TWMF (road closures, etc.)
A coyote has been attacking cars at night on Route One by Slide Ranch. "It is possible, but not probable, that the coyote has eaten something—perhaps a fly agaric mushroom (amanita muscaria) which has hallucinogenic properties." What? Slow news week? FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/upfront-coyote-crazy/
"Apparently, the National Park Service has decided that the money would be better spent in other ways. So unless something changes, or an outside donor drops a significant pile of cash in the near future, Point Reyes’ Morgan Horse Ranch will cease operation once the last horse dies." FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/feature-end-of-the-trail/
This just in: "Park rangers and fire units are on scene with an overturned grain truck on Sir Francis Drake at B ranch". Beyond that, haven't heard word of any other road closures. If you have some information, or any other storm updates, post it here. (update via KWMR)
Well, we've had big storm predictions before, but they seem pretty sure about this one. A 'yellow' alert has been issued for Marin for the next 72 hours meaning flooding is possible. Stay dry, stay safe. Here is the forecast:
Fri Jan 15: Rain likely after 4 PM otherwise partly sunny. Between 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sat Jan 16: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 AM to 10 AM. Approximately 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sun Jan 17: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 PM and 10 PM. Approximately 1” of precipitation and over 1.75” possible in coastal and higher terrain locations.
Mon Jan 18: Rain likely. The rain could be heavy at times.
Ashley Steward is a teacher who lives in Bolinas, teaches in Bodega Bay and desperately needed help with her car. Its an amazing story with a great ending (her goal was met! in one day!) and illustrates the power of a strong community. I wish there was more of this. FULL STORY: https://www.gofundme.com/teacherneedscar
MISSING PERSON: "Shuqin Zhang, 22 year old, Asian Female, last seen in Berkeley on January 7 at 1:30 a.m. Shuqin's vehicle was found at Point Reyes near the lighthouse area. The vehicle was unoccupied and search efforts are underway. The National Park Service, US Coast Guard and Marin County Search and Rescue are currently looking for Shuqin. Berkeley PD investigators are on scene and coordinating with those agencies. We are asking anyone who may have seen Shuqin or her vehicle coming into the area to contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900." https://local.nixle.com/alert/5563218/?sub_id=833116
Reposting this story about a local physican who worked at the Coastal Health Alliance in West Marin and recently had her medical license suspended. A few people felt posting her picture and story details was not appropriate on FB. If you wish to read the full story, you can go to the Marin IJ article here: http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20160106/NEWS/160109881 I'd be curious to hear what other people think, its an interesting dialogue about private versus personal information, community news, social media, etc.
Very sad, thanks to the rescue crews for the time they put in. "Authorities believe a body found just south of McClure’s Beach Sunday was that of a 62-year-old San Jose man reported missing the day before.Searchers discovered the body about 11 a.m. about 100 feet down a cliff, according to Lt. Doug Pittman, county sheriff’s spokesman.Authorities think the man may have stumbled over the cliff." MORE INFO: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20160104/body-found-near-mcclures-beach
Breaking update from @pointreyesnps: "Tolay, the elephant seal relocated from Highway 37, gave birth to a pup yesterday! The birth was observed from the elephant seal overlook at Chimney Rock. Photo by Winter Wildlife Docent, Jim Rolka"
Some members of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin were out at the elephant seal overlook in Point Reyes today when their fourteen year old son spotted this rare (and threatened) green sea turtle. Amazing. (Thx MP) EAC FB: https://www.facebook.com/eacmarin/
"Endangered coho salmon are riding waves of rain into Marin in numbers not seen in a decade. “It’s very busy, there are a lot of coho out there,” said Greg Andrew, fishery program manager for the water district. “It’s a very active time.” The agency is documenting coho swimming by its antenna just upstream of Point Reyes Station. The antenna detects tags that were implanted in the fish when they were fry. Each tag has a unique number that allows identification and data collection."
Bird Report: Two bald eagles were seen by the Estero trail two days ago, there are lots of burrowing owls are in the park right now and a golden eagle was seen on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road last week. Yesterday folks spotted a ferruginous and a sharp shinned hawk by Abbotts. Get out there! (thx CP)
TWMF had our phone knocked out by rain, sorry for the slow updates. Looks like major flooding all around West Marin today with Stinson Beach having some problems with rock slides and downed trees. Haven't seen the parking lot do this in awhile. (Thx DW).
"The 330-acre Gallagher Ranch in Point Reyes Station, complete with redwood trees, salmon habitat and an old rail line that could become a key trail link, will remain in the family largely as open space under a $1.5 million conservation deal approved by Marin County officials."
Via Karen Hickey, "Hi neighbors! Around 6:30 this evening we saw a mountain lion lingering off our back deck in first valley Inverness. Please bring your pets inside for safety. — in ￼Inverness, California."
Massive waves at the beach today. Be careful if you head out there. "A large long period swell will produce hazardous conditions along the coast. Westerly swell of 20 feet is forecast. These large waves will produce exceptionally large surf and a heightened risk of sneaker wave activity along with strong currents. When visiting the beach on Monday please allow extra distance between yourself and the water. Never turn your back to the ocean when visiting the beach.
This is not good: "The Marshall Store was burglarized for the second time this year on Sunday night, marking the third burglary of its kind in the area since May. Three or four thieves apparently pried open the oyster bar’s front door and took the safe, which was bolted to the ground, and the cash in the register, said owner Shannon Gregory. “We have some surveillance footage, but everyone [was] wearing hoodies and masks,” he said." FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/safe-and-cash-taken-marshall-business-again