The Guides

Frank Binney is a National Seashore wildlife docent, Point Reyes Institute field instructor and certified Interpretive Guide. He has over 20 years experience helping people make personal connections to the special places, unique stories and amazing wonders of Point Reyes National Seashore.

 

As a professional writer and planner for parks and museums, he has helped enhance visitor experiences at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and numerous California State Parks. He is the author of Point Reyes and the San Andreas Fault Zone: The Aerial Photography of Robert Campbell.

 

In 2004 he was named Volunteer of the Year, Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, for his pro bono help assisting National Seashore biologists with tule elk and snowy plover studies. He continues to serve the Seashore as a volunteer elk monitor, wildlife docent, and Point Reyes Field Institute instructor.

 

In his younger years, Frank traveled the world making documentary films for the BBC, National Film Board of Canada, and various government agencies. His film and video work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and numerous film festivals.

David Lukas is a professional naturalist and author with 35 years of experience leading nature walks, classes, and tours. He has taught many classes for the Point Reyes Institute and led many tours at Point Reyes and throughout Marin County. David’s articles about wildlife and the environment have appeared in dozens of national and international magazines and newspapers. His books include Bay Area Birds (a comprehensive handbook on the ecology and behavior of birds found in the Bay Area) and the classic field guide Sierra Nevada Natural History. His most recent book explores the process of creating new words (www.languagemakingnature.com). David is currently working on film and photography projects.

David's last feedback:

Spectacular is a good word to use for our day. It was filled with once in a lifetime wildlife encounters that left us, according to our daughter Mary, "exploding into glitter." We loved having David as our guide. He was so knowledge, yet also had the perfect laid back personality and sense of humor. He was especially good with Mary, who is desperately shy, he really got her engaged and out of her shell. He gave her a signed copy of one of his books at the end and that will be a treasure for us.

 

Other animal highlights for us: watching a harbor seal catch a flounder and then float in the kelp showing it off to us, the adolescent coyote who trotted along with us showing no fear, the Great Horned owls sleeping in the cliffside, the Tule elk thrashing their horns in the brush and calling to each other, and of course the river otters. 

 

So we had an absolute blast and made memories for a lifetime!

Daniel Dietrich is a certified California Naturalist and professional wildlife photographer. His travels have taken him and his camera to every continent on the planet to photograph its nature and wildlife. When home, he spends nearly every day in Point Reyes National Seashore. His intimate knowledge of the park, its history, and the animal life will provide his guests with a one of a kind experience.

Daniel is a full time resident of Point Reyes, CA.

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