The kids learn about Marine Debris @ The Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive Center. “What is Marine Debri? It’s not just trash, but that’s a start. Marine debris is anything solid and manmade found in our ocean that is not supposed to be there. In fact, anything that humans use everyday can become marine debri if it’s not disposed of properly. Believe me your trash, is definitely not our treasure.” #marinedebris#oceans#whattheskagit
March trail flora find. ...
It was a chilly first flora & fauna walk this morning, but our small group (who came from as far as China & as close as Padilla Bay), was rewarded with abundant signs of spring like this Ribes sanguineum, hooting owls, rising nettles, fragrant conifers, budding Mahonia & more. ...
#skagitvalley#padillabay#flora#nativeplants#getoutside#wherethewildthingsare 🦉 🌱🌲🌳
Post 22: Coming in hot! Brant are almost always fully committed to landing in a roosting or foraging location. Like diving ducks, there is rarely cautious circling from upper altitudes. They arrive at roosting locations as the tide begins to fall because it is the most inefficient time for them to forage. Brant feed on eelgrass which grows in the lower portions of the intertidal zone at places like #IzembekLagoon , #PadillaBay , #WillapaBay#Humboldt Bay, #MorroBay , and #BahiaSanQuintin .
Brant hunting can be great because they decoy so well and sometimes people have suggested that they aren’t the brightest birds for this behavior (the brant are probably wondering why we are walking everywhere!) But when we think about the life-history characteristics of these birds, it becomes easier to understand why divers and brant tend to decoy so readily. They are animals of big skies, big water, and little vegetation cover. I would go so far as to say no brant has landed 20 yards off an intertidal beach to find a coyote or raccoon lying in wait underneath the water surface.
This is even more true for divers. These species just don’t live in habitats where it is advantageous to invest in energy of flying high while cautiously searching for trouble hiding in the reeds. When pressed very hard during hunting season, I have seen brant fly very high (300 + yards) but even in these situations, they retreat to areas they know are impossible to hunt and still plunge into these isolated hideouts without circling from above-average elevations.
The only time I have seen brant circle cautiously is when forced to forage out of the intertidal areas they prefer due to extreme food shortages in Bahia San Quintin (see post 16!). In this habitat, they seemed quite aware of terrestrial predation risks and acted just like mallards scoping flooded timber! Where do you hunt brant?
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