It was time to go out to the mouth of the Russian River again to pick up litter. I hadn’t been out there at New Year’s when I went out with Richard James, aka the Coastodian.
What a pleasure it was to be out at the mouth again.
The first thing I noticed was a number of driftwood shelters on Jenner’s North Beach.
Whoever builds and uses these shelters must be picking up litter. It was much harder than usual to find trash to collect. This meant that there was time to observe the animals. Quite a few seals swam in the mouth.
Many more Harbor Seals rested on the beach across the mouth. Pups in the group seemed more active than the grown ups and were going in and out of the ocean practicing their swimming.
It looked like there were very large Harbor Seals—or were they Sea Lions? I wasn’t sure—until this head popped up….
….and started barking the way Sea Lions do.
He seemed to be barking at a couple of surfers who appeared on the scene to surf the waves just outside the mouth of the river.
Surfing in a sea lion dining room, the nerve.
After spending about an hour picking up the beach and watching the seals and surfers, I paddled around Penny Island to pick up litter. I was pretty sure I’d be able to find trash there. Sure enough, within a short time the canoe carried a boatload of garbage that does not belong in the estuary.
Suki from Watertreks saw what I was up to. She asked me to leave the garbage out so that it can be inventoried. I guess there’s a study going on. Here’s today’s haul.
The California State Parks Foundation is sponsoring an Earth Day work party for the Sonoma Coast State Park on Saturday, April 16. Part of the day will be picking up the same beach I visited today. If you’re interested in joining, click this link to sign up as a volunteer.