Monthly Archives: June 2017

Longboat Expedition with the Northwest Maritime Center

Day 1: Setting Off Off on the 8:05 am sailing from Friday Harbor to Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina on a gorgeous day. The Salish Sea Sciences team meets up with Captain Sonia and Mate Chrissy in time to pack gear in dry bags, enjoy lunch, and get to know their vessel for the next 5 days, a lovely replica of the tenders used to chart these waters by Captain Vancouver’s crew in the 1790s. Packed up, safety procedures reviewed, and it’s time to learn about navigation, enjoy the sun, don lifejackets, and row!   Day 2: Day 3: Adventure at Cypress Head The third day of our longboat voyage awoke at … Continue reading

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Whales and the Weeds

By Ben, Sonja, and Parker- On the second full day, we arose from our chambers to a brisk summer morning. We then came into the kitchen to have a delicious meal of various cereals, fruits, and other breakfast options. After finishing breakfast we took a quick walk to the Whale Museum where we were given a lecture about the local orca population. During this lecture we listened to a conversation between a family of Southern Resident Killer Whales named Oreo, Double Stuff, and Cookie. We could hear the various clicks and other sounds that they used to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, these orcas face many threats to their already endangered … Continue reading

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First Day in a New World

By Gabi, Paradis, Chloe, and Daniel- Wake up early in the morning, anxious of this new world and what it was offering us on our first day. The sun shining, the clouds low; it didn’t look like the San Juan Island. It was a new world and we are happy to be here. Some of us woke up really early to rock and roll, and some of us were ready to sing Bruno Mars’s The Lazy Song. But no matter how much were anxious or tired, we all were excited to be part of this new adventure called The Salish Sea Sciences Program. Breakfast, the joyful part of everyone’s morning when that first … Continue reading

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Flying — Days 2 & 3

On my second and third days of flying, we flew from Friday Harbor. On the second day, we flew three flights: one local flight with maneuvers (stalls, turns, etc.), one flight to Crest Airpark and back (via Renton, to fuel), and one night flight to Orcas, for dinner.     Here are some photos from day two: Takeoff roll from Orcas (Above) That’s Friday Harbor Airport at night! (Above)   On the third day, we flew to Everett’s Paine Field, where we visited the Heritage Museum, then we flew to Tacoma Narrows, with a quick detour over downtown, where we had lunch, then to Crest, and then back.   Here … Continue reading

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Field Biology Internship

For the sake of simplicity, the internship consisted of 3 main parts: surveys, looking at pollination, and everything else. The surveys were held throughout the San Juan Islands, and the animals that we collected were sent to another lab that would analyze.   They included Salmon Surveys in Watmough Bay on Lopez Island and off the coast of Waldron Island.  In these surveys we would gather large amounts of marine animals, although we were mostly looking at salmon.   We would gather large amounts of salmon by tying one end of a large commercial fishing net, like ones used by Native Americans in this area, to the boat, which was 50 or … Continue reading

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Live From The Field

Travelers, If you are at all like me, then you will be thinking  a lot about India and Nepal these next few weeks. In the past, I find my- self thinking about India at odd times. Sometimes it is the quiet we have here that makes me think about the absence of horns. Other times, it is the loud, angry, and aggressive honking of a horn that makes me think about the fact that for all the honking in India, it was almost never aggressive. Today, it is the cool clean air and clean water we have here that I am not taking for granted. I suspect that most of … Continue reading

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Video and Music Production Internship

Monday: I met with my mentor for my music production and the festival producer for a detailed planning meeting. We talked through all that needs to be arranged for the festival: from advertising, to lodging for the artists, to who to hire for sound and lighting engineers. I then went home and made a list of all the points we talked about for the production team. Tuesday: I worked more on my documentary. I started planning out the general order of the story and the sequencing of video footage. The whole editing process took much longer than I thought. I had a lot of extra footage to sort through to … Continue reading

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Photography Internship

Going into this internship I was hoping for a deeper understanding of photography. I never really knew what a job with filming or photography looked like, and I was hesitant to work with Emily and Erin because I didn’t know them. Emily and Erin bought a property 6 months ago. They didn’t go to school for videography/photography, but Erins brother did. When he became interested in it, his brother was able to teach him. Erin and Emily have been in the business for about one year and plan to keep offering their services. They do wedding shoots, wedding videos, documentaries, fundraising videos, short creative movies, and much more. When I came … Continue reading

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Field Biology Internship

Today we went fishing!!! We arrived at the dock at Hunter Bay with a, a bay located on the south end of Lopez Island and hoped in a boat, 20 or so feet long which took us to Waldron Island.

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Therapeutic Riding Internship

I had a wonderful time at Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association on Vancouver Island, Canada. During the three weeks I spent working there, I made connections and learned a lot about what I want my future to look like. It was hard for me the first few days to the point I thought, “oh man I have three more weeks of this.” I want to say thank you to all the people I worked with. Since VTRA is a non-profit organization, it relies mainly on volunteers. Two volunteers I saw everyday really made this internship exciting and turned it around for me. Because of them, I warmed up to it and … Continue reading

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