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 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:29am
Perfect rainbow over Point Reyes.
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:15am
December 16, 2014
Eric Ettlinger, MMWD Aquatic Ecollogist
The third week of December is typically the mid-point of the coho spawning run on Lagunitas Creek. Spawner survey results before mid-December don't typically mean much in terms of predicting the season's coho run, but at this point I can let myself start feeling hopeful or worried about the season total. So with five weeks of surveys behind us, how do I feel about this year's coho run? In a word, disappointed. To date we've seen 51 coho redds, which is somewhat below average, and predicts a season total in the neighborhood of 150 redds. That total would rank in the bottom third of runs over the last 18 years, in a year when abundant rain has allowed coho to spawn wherever and whenever they want, unlike some past years. It may be that this week will mark a sharp upswing in coho spawning activity, but for now things don't look encouraging.

On a more positive note, we continue to see relatively large numbers of Chinook and chum salmon in the creek. To date we've counted 22 Chinook redds, which matches the pace of the big Chinook run of 2004-05, when we saw 125 Chinook and 44 redds. In the case of chum, "relatively large numbers" means three fish, but these few fish continue to be fascinating. Last week we again saw a male chum attempting to spawn with a female Chinook. In this instance the male had taken on the coloration of a female chum, with a solid, dark bar running the length of the fish (photo here <http://marinwater.org/Blog.asp...> ). We weren't fooled, however, because he was on a redd with an obviously female Chinook and his pattern of worn scales indicated that he had been fighting, not building a redd. Interestingly, it's been many years since we've seen a chum salmon displaying the bold purple and black stripes of spawning males. Maybe they only dress up like that in the presence of other males.

It looks like rain and high flows will keep us out of the creek for at least the next few days, if not all week. Hopefully coho are surging upstream as I write this.
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 9:58am
Another welcome sight. Where is this? And where is your favorite waterfall? Do you have a photo of it?
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:15pm
The Living Seed Company in Point Reyes owned by Astrid and Matt Hoffman have a Kickstarter campaign going to help upgrade their seed saving program. It's a very cool little company doing some good work and they only have 44 hours to hit their goal, check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 8:28pm
6:11pm - Wow. That's some heavy rain.
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 8:28pm
6:13pm - A Special Marine Warning was just issued for a Thunderstorm north of Pt. Reyes. Mariners are advised to seek safe harbor immediately. Thunderstorms like this can produce sudden waterspouts. - @NWSBayArea

https://nwschat.weather.gov/vt...
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 5:56pm
Rainbows all over Nicasio! Any in Point Reyes? (Thx dw)
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 12:06pm
Local West Marin artist Ido Yoshimoto is featured in SFGate this morning in an article about a new online marketplace called 'Edition Local'. Ido's work is beautiful with a lot of soul, the site does a great job of capturing the essence of what he does, check it out: http://www.editionlocal.com/ed...

The SFGate article is here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/art...
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 11:36am
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:51am
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:51am
7:49am - Lots of trees down this morning. One was already cleared off of Sir Francis Drake in Samuel P. Taylor. I took Lucas Valley Road this morning and it was all clear. If you come across any road closures or storm issues, feel free to post them here.
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:21am
Does anybody out there know the story behind this steam engine that was revealed this weekend on Limantour? I saw it about first about 20 years ago and have wondered ever since.
 Sunday, December 14 ,2014 at 12:32am
10:24pm - For all of you night owls out there: "The peak night of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower is expected to be from late evening tonight (Saturday, December 13) until dawn tomorrow (Sunday, December 14)." - Let me know if anyone sees anything!

http://earthsky.org/tonight/ge...
 Saturday, December 13 ,2014 at 6:04pm
They're back! A lone Elephant Seal relaxes on the beach at Drakes. #pointreyes
 Saturday, December 13 ,2014 at 11:53am
We think maybe we have Matsutaki mushrooms. They look right and they smell right but the spore print is white straight lines. Anybody familiar with these mushrooms and know how to identify them with certainty?
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 8:45pm
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 7:47pm
I was checking Drakes Beach at sunset (road is open) when I spotted a huge water spout off of the lighthouse. Raced out to the point with a stranger and the two of us sat in silence for ten minutes until it dissipated. #waterspout #pointreyes
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 3:28pm
Looks like SR-1 between Mill Valley and Muir Beach is going to be closed for a couple of months due to the road washing out (photo via CHP). Bummer.
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 1:10pm
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 12:54pm
We'll be playing at the Western tonight!
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 9:22am
7:09am - UPDATE: All schools in the Shoreline Unified School District are closed today as well as Papermill Creek. The Panoramic Highway is closed due to mudslides. Route 1 from Mill Valley to Muir Beach is closed until 2015 because the road has washed out completely in places.
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 9:22am
Shoreline Unified Schools closed today, Friday, due to road closures and flooding in the area.
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 9:07am
panoramic hwy closed mudslides
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 4:48pm
2:35pm - via Point Reyes Light: "Platform Bridge Road is now closed. As is Sir Francis Drake from Olema to Lagunitas."
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 4:16pm
From Firechief Kenny Stevens via Next Door re Panoramic closure in Stinson Beach.
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 4:01pm
Went down town PR. It looked like a normal to heavier, rainy winter day to me...except businesses were closed, closing early etc. Is this due to the storm, or storm hype? Or is it just that the out of town "local" work force can't get here to run the town?
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 3:33pm
Rainy Day Quick Quiz: What is special about this photo? (Thx Ciara)
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 3:17pm
do you cover stinson?
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 3:17pm
The bridge in the reservoir is once again fully submerged!
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 1:33pm
It really does feel like winter now. And Love Field Lake is back! #marinstorm
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 1:19pm
I need to be in Petaluma this afternoon. Anybody know if there are problems getting there? Flooding or downed trees? Thanks
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 12:47pm
10:32am - Shorty just reported on KWMR that there is some flooding happening in front of Perry's in IP on Sir Francis Drake. If you have a low clearance car, be careful.
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 12:47pm
Forest Knolls bridge ~9:30 am
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 12:47pm
Christian, thank you for keeping us all updated, this is such a wonderful resource. You and KWMR have our backs!
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 12:47pm
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 12:15pm
10:01am - Mesa Road in Point Reyes is now flooded. Power is also out over there. Route One between Point Reyes and Olema is officially closed. The campground has been evacuated. Thanks to @evaughanlee for photo.
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 10:50am
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 10:33am
8:21am - Large amount of water reported between Point Reyes and Olema. Do not try and pass through. The campground is starting to flood and they may have to evacuate.
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 10:17am
8:03am - Highway 1 south of Tomales is flooded.
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 10:02am
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 9:48am
From the face of Inverness Mesa - good morning!
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 9:32am
It's official now: "FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Marin and Sonoma county. Heavy rain/flooding can potentially cause mudslides. Be alert."
 Thursday, December 11 ,2014 at 9:18am
The atmospheric river continues to run. Lights are flickering in Inverness, Dillon Beach Road at Rt. 1 is closed. Trees are down on Panaromic Highway and on Lucas Valley Road but both appear to be open. Don't drive unless it's an emergency, keep your radio tuned to KWMR for updates.
 Wednesday, December 10 ,2014 at 11:32pm
According to forecasts: "Worst part of the storm hit heart of Bay Area around 11AM THU." Solid rain happening right now in Inverness, not much wind, twitter and the scanner are quiet. How is everyone holding up out there?
 Wednesday, December 10 ,2014 at 8:11pm
Blurred Photo Trivia: Who is this yellow jacketed man who will be very busy tomorrow?
 Wednesday, December 10 ,2014 at 3:51pm
Via the West Marin Citizen: "Jeannie Moody calling from Shoreline Unified School District to let you know that all schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday. It is has not been determined yet if Friday is opening or not. The board meeting scheduled for tomorrow night has been rescheduled for the 18th same time same place just the week later on next Thursday."
 Wednesday, December 10 ,2014 at 9:27am
I'm putting together a 'quick reference' page for emergency resources in West Marin. In the comments here (or contact me directly), let me know what other resources should be on this list. Thanks.

http://thewestmarinfeed.com/re...
 Tuesday, December 9 ,2014 at 7:51pm
"Hi, we have sand and sandbags available at the county fire stations in west marin. (Woodacre, Pt. Reyes, Tomales) for anyone that needs them." from Scott Pederson
 Tuesday, December 9 ,2014 at 1:51pm
From Supervisor Susan Adams: URGENT ALERT: Prepare for high winds and rain

Nasty storm coming our way Wednesday and Thursday

The County has been out clearing and performing maintenance in anticipation of the winter storm season; it's time for all of us to secure our own space! Take a look around your home now to make sure your flashlights and batteries are working, you have water and emergency food, and that your gutters, drains and culverts are clean and working. Check drainage pipes, and trim precarious branches if you can. If you live near a storm drain, please help to make sure leaves are not covering the grate and that street gutters are clear. The coming storm is projected to bring heavy rain and wind, power outages are possible. Sounds like it will be wild out there with wind and rain! Remember to drive safely on Thursday, or better yet, if you don't have to be on the roads - stay home!
 Tuesday, December 9 ,2014 at 9:05am
7:47am Via Burton - "If anybody is near Tomales Bay right now, a boat hit-and run accident just occurred and the perpetrator needs to be brought to justice as the victim is being rushed to the hospital."
 Tuesday, December 9 ,2014 at 9:05am
 Tuesday, December 9 ,2014 at 8:35am
If anybody is near Tomales Bay right now, a boat hit-and run accident just occurred and the perpetrator needs to be brought to justice as the victim is being rushed to the hospital.
 Monday, December 8 ,2014 at 2:19pm
Spotted yesterday by The Marshall Store. I think there may be a boat under that mast. #daveyjoneslocker
 Monday, December 8 ,2014 at 10:06am
8:49am - There is a significant rock slide on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road this morning. Be aware, drive safely. If anyone gets a picture of it, please send it over.
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 7:42pm
"There is a sailboat that came loose from it's mooring washed up in the cove between teacher's beach and shell one. It has a mustard colored hull. I couldn't get to the stern to see the name, but the number on the bow is CF 2313 GS." thanks SK
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 6:42pm
Christmas West Marin style. Santa arrives at Nick's Cove on a beautiful Sunday evening.
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 12:18pm
I don't know if the owners have already been notified, but there is a sailboat that came loose from it's mooring washed up in the cove between teacher's beach and shell one. It has a mustard colored hull. I couldn't get to the stern to see the name, but the number on the bow is CF 2313 GS.
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 9:52am
Wednesday evening's storm looks powerful with high winds and heavy rain. Expect power outages, trees down and some small mud slides. Prepare now!
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 9:52am
Be prepared, this sounds like a pretty major storm with heavy winds and flooding possible. Please share with others.

"THIS STORM IS ALSO FORECAST TO PRODUCE STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS. SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND BECOME STRONG AND GUSTY BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. STRONGEST WINDS ARE CURRENTLY EXPECTED FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY."

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/M...
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 9:52am
 Sunday, December 7 ,2014 at 9:20am
The 44th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, textiles, artwork, ceramics, cards and more, plus food and drinks for purchase from The Farmer's Wife, at the community center in Point Reyes Station. Support your local artists!
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 9:54pm
Think Blue Marin: "We've had an exciting couple of weeks on Lagunitas Creek with lots of both rain and fish. In that time we've received over eight inches of rain and Lagunitas Creek flows increased from 20 cubic feet per second to a peak of 1,800 cfs. During a break in the rain on Monday we observed 63 coho, 28 Chinook, and one chum salmon."

http://www.marinwater.org/Blog...
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 6:06pm
Join us even if it's raining!
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 5:21pm
The Toby's Christmas is tonight! Santa arrives at 5:30pm.
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 3:22pm
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 1:33pm
Question: In what year do you think this boat will dislodge from the sandbar due to rising sea levels? #canaryincoalmine
 Friday, December 5 ,2014 at 12:08pm
From Eric Ettlinger at MMWD Today at 9:51 AM

We've had an exciting couple of weeks on Lagunitas Creek with lots of both rain and fish. In that time we've received over eight inches of rain and Lagunitas Creek flows increased from 20 cubic feet per second to a peak of 1,800 cfs. During a break in the rain on Monday we observed 63 coho, 28 Chinook, and one a chum salmon.

The stats for the season so far include:
· 117 coho, 74 Chinook, and two chum salmon
· 24 coho redds (gravel nests), 20 Chinook redds, one chum redd, and nine redds we couldn't classify
Our coho observations are far above average for this early in December and we've already seen the second-highest number of Chinook recorded for the creek.

Not only have the numbers been unusual, but so have the interactions between salmon species. On Monday we saw a male chum salmon attempting to spawn with a female Chinook (see the photo here). This confused fish was driving off three male Chinook salmon and even biting and wounding the female, presumably because he occasionally mistook her for a male. These species can't hybridize, so hopefully the female Chinook survived the encounter and eventually spawned with her own kind. Male coho have also been seen attempting to spawn with female Chinook, maybe because these extra-large females are simply irresistible.

Today we observed salmon jumping through Roy's Pools (at the western edge of the San Geronimo Golf Course), at The Inkwells (the confluence of San Geronimo and Lagunitas Creeks), and spawning at the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area. We're hoping flows will recede enough to get into the creek on December 9, but if anyone sees salmon before then, particularly in Devil's Gulch and San Geronimo Creek, please share your observations in the comments section of this blog post: http://www.marinwater.org/blog.


Eric Ettlinger
Aquatic Ecologist


220 Nellen Avenue
Corte Madera, CA 94925
t 415-945-1193
f 415-945-1171
eettlinger@marinwater.org
 Thursday, December 4 ,2014 at 1:18pm
Major high tide today on Tomales Bay. This is a dock near Chicken Ranch. #thetideishigh #butimholdingon
 Thursday, December 4 ,2014 at 1:18pm
The Citizen needs to rise to the level of basic jouralistic standards. It just plagerized Guy Kovner of the Press Democrat, character by character. Checked with him, he did not know they had done it or offer any permission to republish his writing. Example:

The plaintiffs' action does not need a judge's approval and while they technically have the right to renew their case in the future, Heather Bussing, an Occidental attorney and Empire College of Law instructor, said that was unlikely. "“ Press Democrat, Nov. 2, 2014

The plaintiffs' action does not need a judge's approval and while they technically have the right to renew their case in the future, Heather Bussing, an Occidental attorney and Empire College of Law instructor, said that was unlikely. "“ Citizen November 4, 2014

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/h...
 Wednesday, December 3 ,2014 at 9:35pm
A full house tonight at the Inverness Association meeting to discuss the 'Hidden Dragon' house plan on Balboa. Kathy Maxwell expresses her concern about the scale of the house.
 Wednesday, December 3 ,2014 at 9:35pm
 Wednesday, December 3 ,2014 at 6:36pm
A community meeting about the proposed development at 135 Balboa Avenue, including a presentation by the owners, a Q&A session and a discussion, starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Inverness Yacht Club. Hosted by the Inverness Association. Unfortunately the owners of 135 Balboa won't be there this evening, but may still come to another meeting in the future.