06 Jun Welcome to Point Reyes National Seashore
Hello everyone, my name is Maya Scanlon and I just wanted to hop on here to talk about my first impressions of Point Reyes National Seashore as I enter my first week working as a biology assistant within the fisheries division. I am a rising junior at University of California, Berkeley studying Ecosystem Management and Forestry with a minor in marine science.
While driving to the site, I noticed the historic, quaint little towns located throughout the area. These sites provide great comfort to me, as I grew up in a small rural community in Northern California. The park itself is quite extraordinary, with coastlines stretching for miles alongside the rolling hills filled with hikers, livestock, and cyclists.
On Sunday, I moved into park housing which, to my surprise, was located directly on the shores of Tomales Bay. From my bunkhouse I have seen several birds, coyotes, and rabbits along with fishing boats going out to sea and visitors kayaking on the bay.
On my first day of work, I arrived at the office and got a brief orientation and tour of park headquarters. The natural resources division offices are in these old houses all adjacent to a red barn. Within my office, there is the rangeland management field crew, vegetation management crew, and the water quality team. Throughout my first couple days, I have been able to go out into the field to multiple sites to collect smolt traps that were established earlier in the spring. Within the last couple weeks my coworkers collected all the data from these traps, estimating almost 1,000 smolts at each site! Overall, I am already quite impressed with the work being done here within the San Francisco Area Inventory and Monitoring Program and I am excited to get out into the field to help out as much as I can!