Tuesday July 21, 2015 Jenner CA.
Headed up the river
It was a bit foggy as I put my boat in the water today at Jenner, but that was a whole lot better than the heat they are experiencing inland. I decided last night to try and catch up with the fish tracker biologist’s boat. I looked as I put my boat in the water but they weren’t anywhere in sight, so I headed on up the river hoping to catch up with them somewhere upstream.
Loon does well here
I paddled on up to Muskrat and still no biologists. This loon has been hanging around this area a lot and isn’t too skittish around me. It must be doing well fishing as it’s always just sitting on the water taking it easy when I pass.
There they are
They use an electric motor when they are tracking the tagged fish, so I had to keep moving and I was slowly catching up with them. I saw them over by Willow Creek here . It’s hard to see the boat, but it’s off to the right.
Catching up with the biologists
I think Bill must of saw me and slowed the boat down as I started to catch up with them faster and finally caught up with them. Alex a water agency biologist was with Bill.
Lots of questions
I had a bunch of questions for Bill about the estuary so I tagged along until they got up to the Markham hole. Of course I worked them both over about how important the beaver can be for the river’s water system for fish and helping the California drought situation. We also talked about why I think the rock jetty should be removed.
They had plenty of questions for me too so time went fast and we were up at Markham hole before I knew it. They continued on up the river, so I left them and went over and sat at the Markham hole here,looking up the river.
Lots to think about
After talking with these guys, I always have a lot to think about, so I thought as I worked my way down the river.
Spotted some river otters
I continued on down the river and spotted some river otters along the shoreline here. I could see them moving in the bushes, some adults with some half grown pups. I waited around, but they wouldn’t come out. They were at one of their favorite hangouts, just below the turkey vulture nest. Looking up at Buzzard rock, I could see the young turkey vulture up there near the peak on the right side. It knew I was there and was crouching.
I moved out further into the river hoping the otters would come out, but they didn’t so I continued on down the river and went in for the day.
I’m pretty burned out from working on the van, so I just sat around the yard and enjoyed the rest of the day.