As Fire Looms on Point Reyes National Seashore, Captive Rare Tule Elk Lack Water and Escape Routes
POINT REYES: A WILDERNESS IN PERIL
Webinar & Discussion
Wednesday Sept. 2nd at 6pm
Representing approximately 1% of their original population, Tule Elk, a California endemic subspecies are at the brink of survival. Decades have been spent restoring this species in our nearest national park at Point Reyes Seashore only to have Tule Elk once again in the cross hairs.
Tule Elk are in desperate need to retain their sanctuary at Point Reyes National Seashore which was part of their original home range. And, just as important, Point Reyes National Seashore needs native free roaming Tule Elk to restore the native landscape and protect biodiversity! Learn more about the history, current status and imminent challenges facing Tule Elk.
The Tule Elk Preserve’s water ponds are essential – no perennial streams run there. At least five elk in the Preserve have been found dead in the past few weeks. During the drought of 2011-2015, approximately 250 of 500 elk died from lack of water in this “Preserve.” After that die-off, NPS ecologist Dave Press stated that “the Seashore is developing a plan to truck water to an easily accessible pond if it runs dry again in the future.” To date, the NPS has never provided auxiliary water when needed as required by law to the penned-in Tule elk and the lack of nutrient-dense food availability has not been addressed.
This situation is urgent. This summer, the National Park Service will be releasing its final plan on managing the Tule Elk. Ranchers leasing land in our national park pressured the NPS to fence in the Elk so they would not “interfere” with ranching and now they are not providing adequate water and escape routes for these elk in this critical wildfire season. After having lobbied to have the Tule Elk shot in order to secure grazing for livestock, will they take any action at all to stop the imminent die-off?
Join a team of conservationists, biologists, land use planners, filmmakers and local leaders to learn more about our backyard paradise and how the survival of wildlife, including the Tule Elk and other mammals, birds and marine life are being threatened by pollution, habitat loss and private industry.
Presented by: JULIE PHILLIPS – Nature Based Teaching naturebasedteaching.com
Julie has a M.A. in the Biological Sciences with a focus on wildlife management. She’s been a College Instructor & Nature Based Teacher for 27 years, a Tule Elk Biologist and Researcher for over 35 years and an Environmental Educator and Education Advocate for over 40 years. She has published: A Citizen’s Guide to Tule Elk, A Teacher’s Guide to Tule Elk Curriculum and The Tule Elk Guide.
This event presented by: Point Reyes Rewilding Network
Learn more & RSVP at: SavePointReyesNationalSeashore.com