Research in Point Reyes National Seashore

Research in Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo Credits: Top Left: NPS; Top Right: Kristen Dybala, UC Davis; Bottom: Stephanie Carlson, UC Berkeley.

As wildland habitat is lost elsewhere in California, the relevance of the Point Reyes Peninsula increases as a protected area with a notable rich biological diversity. The Park contains more than 1,000 plant and animal species including 45% of North America's bird species, 18% of California's plant species, and 38 threatened or endangered species. It also has a rich cultural history dating back around 5,000 years.

Each year more than 60 researchers are granted permits to conduct their studies in Point Reyes National Seashore. National Park Service Research and Collecting Permits are granted through the Research Permit and Reporting System. All research done in the park, including that performed by National Park Service employees, requires a permit. The park is responsible for issuing and tracking research permits, and provides support to permitted researchers in the park. Each permit application undergoes a formal, standard process for research permit review and issuance.

Additional information about conducting research in Point Reyes is available through the menu at right, or through the Research Permit and Reporting System's Park Info page. If you have further questions, please contact Point Reyes' Research Coordinator Ben Becker.