Monthly Archives: June 2016

What a Trawl

By Indeya, Lana, and Quinn— Today, we awoke at five thirty AM and hopped in the van to the SJI County Park. The reason for this early rising was so that we could reach the beach at low tide. This enabled us to create transect lines from high to low tide. In total, we had it stretched 15 meters, ending at the waters edge. We then put our .5 meter by .5 meter quadrats down, starting at each meter and focused on the right side, to record the counted (some estimated) numbers of mobile animals, and percentages of attached animals and algae. A few of the mobile animals our field crew … Continue reading

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4:45am Rise and Shine

By Jamie, Sara, Jake, and Arielle— June 29th, 2016 This morning, we had an early morning with a wake-up call at 4:45 am. We ate a quick breakfast and left the dorm at 5:15 sharp. We drove to the Friday Harbor Labs’ terrestrial reserve to survey slugs with Dr. Erika Iyengar. We found two types of slugs: the invasive European slug and the native banana slug. We surveyed 3 different areas until the sun was up. Slugs live in dark and damp places, so the only time that we can see them is before sunrise. After, we went back to the Friday Harbor Labs. We took a tour of the labs and … Continue reading

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Dinner with Professors Vik and Erika Iyengar: Slugs! Earwigs!

By Caroline Grauman-Boss— Tuesday, June 28th, Dr. Vik Iyengar of Villanova University and Dr. Erika Iyengar of Muhlenberg College joined us for dinner and an after-dinner presentation of their research. The next day, the Salish Sea Sciences team rose early to be in the field with Erika at 5:00am to participate in slug surveys with her. Students identified different slug populations and learned about their habitats, habits, and the effects of invasive species. Students will have the chance to study maritime earwigs with Vik at False Bay on Friday, July 1st. To get a sense of the kind of research the Iyengars do and why they do it, please take a look at the … Continue reading

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The Whale Museum

By Caroline Grauman-Boss— On the morning of Tuesday, June 28th the Salish Sea Sciences team received an introduction to one of Salish Sea’s great cetaceans, the orca whale. Science Director, Tim Dwyer, familiarized students with some of the vocabulary that distinguishes whale populations, most especially the fact that among mammals, whales are “cetacea” and that orca are odonticetes, or “toothed whales,” a subgroup of the dolphin family. There are three distinct whale populations in the Salish Sea at the southern end of Vancouver Island: Southern Residents, Transients, and Off-Shores. Fun fact 1: people can tell which whales are breeding with which whales by tracking whale poop. How do they do that? Tucker the Labrador Retriever … Continue reading

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School’s In Session

By Indeya, Lana, and Quinn This morning, after an early breakfast, we made sure we were prepared for our longboat expedition starting Sunday. Afterwards we walked to the Whale Museum. The director there presented enriching information on the Orca inhabitants in the Salish Sea. She mostly focused on the Southern Residents and their characteristics but also went over the other types of Orcas in the area such as Transients, Northern residents, and Offshores. While taking notes, we learned of their hunting techniques, language/tone of voice, prey, size, and environmental issues. We then toured the facilities, seeing various skeletons, fetuses, and brains. After that we broke for lunch, again having DIY … Continue reading

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Day Juan

By Jack, Peder, and Lynn Today was a magical experience; we woke up too early for those of us from far away, and we had breakfast as a group. We chatted and shared stories from each of our corners of the world. After breakfast we talked about who we were and who we were not. We also discussed some less serious questions like our favorite foods. As a team, we drew closer by each silly anecdote. Next we dived into the past and explored with Tom the amazing world of photography. While dodging cars, we recreated photos of the past. We had lunch; DIY island sandwiches. Following lunch, we were … Continue reading

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Week 3 working for the San Juan Preservation Trust

I had Monday off because it was Memorial Day. On Tuesday I attended a board meeting and helped Kathleen with monitoring the mustard, which involves going out into the field and counting mustard, and seeing how well the mustard is doing; I also attended a board meeting. On Wednesday I went to Lopez with Craig where we put up a sign in front of the Lopez community garden. It was pretty standard manual labor, but it felt fun and rewarding. On Thursday I worked with Eliza Habegger, a member of the San Juan County Land Bank. We did something that I thought was super cool, we harvested seeds from native … Continue reading

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Senior Photo Bomb

Now I know why people “photo bomb.” It’s pretty fun.

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Guatemala 2016 – Los Pingüinos

“En esta vida no siempre podemos hacer grandes cosas pero podemos hacer pequeñas cosas con gran amor.” Madre Teresa “In this life we cannot always do great things but we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa Lo importante de este tipo de viaje es que nosotros no solo aprendimos el español pero vemos otra manera de vivir, otra gente…. The importance of this type of trip is that we aren’t only learning Spanish but we see another way of life, other people… Y vemos que, sobre todo, somos seres humanos con los mismos deseos y esperanzas. En fin, lo más importante es amar a los demás. We … Continue reading

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Week 1: Working with the San Juan Preservation Trust

To be totally honest, on the first day of meeting with Kathleen Foley, my mentor for my work with the SJPT, I was a bit unprepared and didn’t know what to expect. So I showed up to Red Mill Farm, which is where Kathleen’s office is, with an openness to a new experience and a readiness to learn. We talked about what the plan for today was, and then we were off. we drove out to Eureka Preserve (if you want to learn more about Eureka click here). We had to clarify an issue with a nearby landowner, who wanted to chop down trees that he thought were on his … Continue reading

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