Award-winning independent film-maker Skyler Thomas, who brought us the documentary on conservation issues dealing with Great white sharks, now takes a deep look at dairies, cattle, and Point Reyes National Seashore management. Visit the website Shame of Point Reyes to learn more.
His new film, Shame of Point Reyes, is a gripping and thought-provoking look at the park you thought you knew. I have learned a lot from working with Skyler.
Please support these independent films so we can bring them to a wider audience.
Restore Point Reyes is an excellent resource on facts, myths, the numbers, and resources about the management of Point Reyes National Seashore. A collaborative effort, and project by long-time advocate for Point Reyes--the local nonprofit Resource Renewal Institute. We are grateful for all the work they have done on this important issue.
ForELK is a movement in support of saving the Tule Elk of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Through public awareness and action events we will expose the current threat to Point Reye’s most iconic animal while at the same time protect them and hundreds of other plants and animals.
It is not okay for anyone--especially a National Park--to prioritize private, destructive industry over a healthy ecosystem. We are here to ensure the Tule Elk and their habitat are safe.
Wildlife photographers thrive at Point Reyes National Seashore, with the high diversity of wildlfe species such as elk, deer, bobcats, badgers, coyotes, gray foxes, harbor seals, elephant seals, and several species of whales offshore. Not to mention the huge divesity of birds. Check out these amazing wildlife photographers who show so much of the wild beauty of Point Reyes.
Also visit Jim Coda's blog, where he examines aspects of the Point Reyes ranching controversy: The Big Lie--Point Reyes National Seashore and Ranching.
Laura Cunningham's blog on coastal prairie observations over many decades. This is where I record my field observations about what constitutes native grassland restoration, and restoring ancient prairies. If you want to dig deeper, go here.
What is coastal prairie? There are various definitions by experts, but I like to describe this natural community as a perennial grassland on moister, cooler coastal hills, bluffs, terraces, and valleys that are influenced by Pacific coastal climates: summer fog and heavy winter rains. Many diverse wildflowers and some shrubs also inhabit this zone. Classically, this plant community was defined as running along the coast of California from northern Los Angeles County into Oregon, although a form of coastal prairie probably occupied the prehistoric southern California coast.
My sister Margot Cunningham is doing a fantastic job of restoring the coastal prairie and local wildlife to this park at Albany Hill managed by the City of Albany, in the East Bay, in the midst of a metropolis. We can restore native plants, Monarch butterflies, black-tailed deer, gray foxes, and other wildlife to this local park--an inspiring example of rewilding in an urban area.