Field Trip to the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve in Yachats
To access the research site, club members and guests had to climb down a steep embankment.
Silke Bachhuber giving an orientation to the group once everyone made it down the steep embankment.
Then we hiked over the rocks out to the research site.
Rocky shore is covered by California mussels and Acorn barnacles. Large, healthy Ochre sea stars (orange and purple) can been seen clinging to the rocks at low tide.
California mussels completely cover the solid rock shore area.
This is a small plot at the research site. The square frame is made of copper. Sea snail species will not cross over the copper barrier into the research area.
Two small research plots are demarcated with green or blue plastic cords attached to spikes embedded into the rock. One square research plot has had all organisms removed from it while the other has not.
Silke provides a lot of one-on-one time with field trip participants.
A close-up of a purple-colored Ochre sea star. The yellowish organism on the arm of the sea star is a 'scale worm'. The scale worm is feeding on detritus on the outer surface of the sea star.
Kayak Adventures with Laurelyn
June 2022: Program Presentation by club member, Laurelyn Schellin
Laurelyn did a PowerPoint presentation on her kayak adventures in the Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Chuckanut Bay and Bellingham Bay, Washington. We learned about the sea star wasting disease/syndrome has impacted populations in that area and saw how she harvests crabs from her kayak. Laurelyn also showed us fossil/petrified palm trees embedded in the bank of Bellingham Bay at low tide.
Laurelyn standing near shore holding a Dungeness crab.
Laurelyn in her kayak with a crab pot containing crabs.
Laurelyn viewing petrified palm trees on the bank at low tide in Bellingham Bay.