Tuesday July 1, 2014 Jenner CA.
Ray had an important duty to take care of today
Ray was at the boat ramp in Jenner this morning as I pulled in to go kayaking. There looked like there were a bunch of biologists in the estuary today from the looks of all the boat trailers in the parking lot. It was a bit overcast, but the wind was low and it was pretty nice as we paddled across the river to Penny Island and on up the south side towards eagle’s landing.
Scattering old friends
We continued on up the river and some turkey vultures in the trees attracted our attention.
Walking on up the hill
Ray said he’d like to go for a walk up to the old Indian ladies face rock. OK, but let’s go up to rat nest beach first and we’ll stop on the way back for that.
We stayed up there for a good break before starting back down. As I stepped off the rock, this white thing caught my attention. I couldn’t make out what it was with my eyes, so I took a picture to check out latter.
We took it easy on the way down being careful not to fall as it’s a fairly steep trail and Ray and I aren’t as young as we used to be. :O)
Fish tracking biologists
More biologists catch up to us with some interesting news
Ray and I stopped in our boats at this point in front of the visitor center when we heard some other biologists coming up in back of us in their boats, so we waited for them to go by, but instead, I heard, hey Bob, you want to see what we’ve been getting for samples that the fish we tagged and are tracking are eating. Sure, I said.
It was interesting that what they were getting were critters that came into the estuary with the ocean salt water. They were finding these types of critters in the salt water in the bottom of the estuary and they also were pumping these same critters out of the fish they were netting for tracking. They have been tagging and tracking small steelhead.
This is what they were getting with the estuary in the state it was in now, but the estuary changes state, so there is still a lot more investigating to do.
Rather an important find
This is actually an important find as it sorta looks like a lot of food for the growing fish in the estuary are feeding on what comes in the estuary from the ocean on the high tides, so maybe, keeping the estuary closed and at a sustained water level might not be a good idea, as this abundant food supply would not come into the estuary. But, it’s still early and maybe something else will develop to feed the fish.
I think it will be hard to beat the huge amount of stuff, as in food that the ocean can produce, compared to what the estuary can produce? And the ocean can constantly add to the estuary food supply twice a day during the high tides as long as the river’s mouth stays open.
I said thanks for the info and they headed on in for the day.
I gave the biologists some time to get their boats out of the water before pulling out myself for the day.
I was beat when I got home and mostly napped after getting something to eat.
Nice day at the river.