"Monitoring Intertidal Habitats of Canada's Pacific Waters"
This has been an oppotunity I have been lookinfg forward to for a while. We were trained by three wonderful Biologists - two from our own Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans ("Scientist spend a lifetime identifying one species - you'll get a PhD on a week end..."), starting early Friday evening.
It was "loaded with information". We went from protocols to instruction on mapping and surveying as well as habitat and species identification (for short), etc. etc. etc.
What a ride!
There was rain on the forecast for the entire weekend. It poured Friday eve., we were indoors.
It was mostly cloudy yesteday, yet I burned to a red fiery tomato face and neck.
Was the last one to leave last pm, and the first one arrive this am - no refleccion on anyone else!
They are good company when they settle down to relax around me; somehow, I feel they are being "nurturing"
and the crow has to know why as he sits nearby at the railing by White Rock's promenade
On thhe other hand, the graceful, lone crane is rather aloof - in the background across the bay, Belligham, WA. USA, and the silhouettes are from Mount Olympia Nat. Park (beeing the tallest one to the right).
The measurements began
and went on, and on... it seemed forever... and another baseline - quickly, as the tide is still on its way out -
and so on... looking further South from the bay - Saturna nearby and, the San Juan Islands
- for "technical" reasons continuo below -
(Originally posted on May 28, 2006)