Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Nature & Wildlife in Point Reyes

Plants

Prairies and Grasslands Less than one percent of California's native grassland is still intact today. The northern coastal prairie, which extends into Oregon, is the most diverse type of grassland in North America. Pristine patches of this vegetation still grow at Point Reyes on either side of the San Andreas ...

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Animals

Tule Elk The tule elk is a subspecies of North American elk that occurs only in California. They are smaller and lighter in color than other subspecies of elk. For thousands of years, vast numbers of tule elk thrived in the grasslands of central and coastal California. In the mid-1800s, ...

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Natural World

Natural Features & Ecosystems California enjoys one of the most diverse assemblages of land forms, vegetation types, and ecosystems in the world. There is more climatic and topographic variation in California than in any other region of comparable size in the United States. This variation has contributed to a remarkable ...

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Geology

Coastal Dunes The coastal dunes rise above the reach of the highest tides. When strong winds pelt you with sand at the Point Reyes beach, you can leave. The plants here can't. They tough out growing on our wild shore with special adaptations. To keep from being completely buried by ...

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