Monday, September 27, 2010

Proper Respect and a Place in the Scientific Record

It only rained half the time, it was very warm, it is always beautiful. COASST survey at Hobuck Beach. There was some distressing-looking brown foam accumulating, perhaps evidence of a continuing algal bloom; but only a dozen or so birds to work, normal for that beach, so still no wreck in progress.

Shells, sand dollars, seaweed of all sorts and especially more heaps of kelp washed up by the last storm than you can imagine. It must have been some storm, tore out whole swathes of the kelp forest, rolled them and braided their stipes and washed them onto the beach, their holdfasts still gripping an entire geologic sample of their former undersea home...

Nereocystis luetkeana heaped on the shore at Hobuck Beach (Click for larger image.)
Nereocystis luetkeana holdfasts gripping rocks (Click for larger image.)

JL and SP and I were field-training four potential new volunteers for COASST. None too competently, but we managed. I have a nice photo of five of us standing around a (dead) white-winged scoter, giving it proper respect and a place in the scientific record. But the image shows the new people, and I don't have their permission...

Gulls. Rain. Seaweed. One sweet little sanderling (I don't get shore birds at Rialto, always love to see them). An astonishing, drop-dead gorgeous immature bald eagle crossed the road right in front of the windshield on the way home. Altogether a fine wet day.


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