I joined other citizen naturalists in Snapshot Cal Coast in compiling data about who’s living on the California Coast these days.
It was really fun. Today’s effort took place among the tide pools revealed in this morning’s -0.7′ minus tide in Fort Ross State Historical Park. Donning rubber boots, I waded into the pools, and, using my iPhone, spent most of the morning photographing many interesting life forms.
Black Leather Chitons
Purple Sea Urchins, Ochre Sea Stars, and Giant Sea Anemome,
Open Sea Anemones look more like this:
Splendid Iridescent Seaweed
After taking many pictures, we repaired to the library at the Fort Ross State Park visitor’s center where hot coffee and delectable pastries awaited us. There, our leader, Alison, a naturalist with the California Academy of Sciences, showed us how to upload our observations to iNaturalist, an app that compiles and archives the observations we made for scientists who can use the information to study changes in the ecology of the California Coast.
It was 3:00 before I was ready to go home, the last one to leave. Here’s a photo of me with the people who put on today’s event: