Sunday, May 3, 2009

Beach Survey

Its been gorgeous all week long - cloudless skys, temps in the 60-70s, and long sunny days. This is was the weekend for our COASST survey out at Boy Scout Beach and we thought we'd take advantage of the long day and go after work on Friday. It doesn't get dark until about 9:30 and since part of the walk from the beach back to the car goes through the woods where it can be dark even during bright daylight, we didn't want to be on the trail too late at night. The walk in usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes depending on how many little birds we stop to listen and/or look at. But this plan worked out perfect!

We are happy to report zero bird carcasses, but we saw an incredible number of people who had staked camping spots along the beach. I think there were about 5 or 6 groups - a few couples and some larger groups who either packed in all of their gear or brought it by skiff. In total we counted 48 people and 4 dogs. A much lower ratio than normal.

We were accompanied by Terry, Oro, Debr, David, and Kristi and feasted on great "turnaround snacks" a short way form the our turnaround spot. We finally got our beach walk where we could wear shorts and t-shirts! Its just too bad that we weren't able to come out eariler in the day with out beach chairs and cooler – what a day this would have been!

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