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Sunday, June 03, 2007

PART ONE:
Shorekeepers (Intensive) Weekend Workshop
"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!
As such I had an opportunity to have a quiet visit with some friends...

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)

11 comments:

RJ March said...

I've seen u about, commenting here and there-- you haven't escaped my notice, AngelDust! Glad to have you make an appearance on my pages.

The body of water you've photographed is beautiful-- an ocean?

"Angeldust" said...

Yes, is the Pacific Ocean at Simiahmoo Bay, British COlumbia, right on the border with the US - at the Strait of Georgia.

Thank you for your visit... drop in again.

"Angeldust" said...

it should read - Semiahmoo -

ian gordon said...

Sounds like you had a really personally rewarding time. One which combined the challenge of learning new stuff with the opportunity to sit quietly among a few feathered fellow travellers.

Metalchick said...

Hi angeldust,
Learning is so much better when it's fun, glad to hear you enjoyed it.

"Angeldust" said...

I would swear I have answered you last night Ian.
I did have a rewarding experience. And it was a special time as I enjoyed learning about this particular subject.
(This truly feel like deja vu, absolutely strange!)

It is coming to me now. I believe I began with: didn’t the crabs grab you?
Yes.
Anyway. I did share about one particular time one of the gulls stayed about two feet from me for the entire time I sat by the rocks. As I wrote yesterday, the experience was… a real communion between species. I truly appreciated the company!

Which brings me to metalchick – Happy Belated Birthday! (Saw you at Ian’s)

"Angeldust" said...

OK metalchik, that transition was not one of my smoothest!

QUASAR9 said...

Hi Angel Dust,
Happy New Year
and warm dusties back to you

"Angeldust" said...

Big hug back dear Quasar

Rauf said...

Very rewarding and uplifting experience Angeldust. I am glad that you are having a great time.
You can get a PhD too. Its a humbling experience. We see a struggle for survival. They just want to live. Will to survive against all odds is very inspiring, we humans lose hope, they don't.
Lots of love and Hugs Angeldust.

"Angeldust" said...

Always so perceptive dear Rauf, there is alot tolearn from other species, although, SOME may not be "as emotionally sensitive" as we are.
Our emotions tend to get in the way of many things, just as they are a blessing in others.

Lots of love and hugs back to you Rauf