Wednesday July 8, 2015 Jenner CA.
Steve wanted to kayak up to the great blue heron rookery tree today. I met him at the Jenner ramp and we were off around eleven headed up the river. If I remember right, the nesting area is up the river about three and a half miles or so. That means we have to keep moving and not dally so much along the way, but we still take it easy.
Talked beaver with some biologists
I spotted these biologists getting data and doing maintenance on the sensors at this buoy, so I stopped and talked with them a bit. I was curious to know what the agency’s thoughts were on beaver so I gave them my beaver pitch.
If your job is to restore the endangered Coho salmon’s habitat, then by law, you must restore the beaver as they are part of the Coho’s habitat that we removed a number of years ago.
As it is now, I think the beaver will slowly come back on their own, but we could help move this thing along at a much accelerated pace if we were to help them along with more beaver. More beaver means more ground water retention which helps avoid drought and provides the kind of fish habitat fish need, providing water, feed and protection.
I hope to get biologists thinking about beaver. :O)
They were pretty busy so I tried not to hang around too long and caught up with Steve not too far ahead.
We continued on up the river under the highway one bridge and kept going up the left side of the river.
Harbor seals at Seal Haven
In some ways, these seals that rest here are my buddies as they hang in the river a lot and we go by each other often. They blend in surprisingly well resting on the redwood logs and sometimes you have to look hard to spot them. It’s always interesting to think you see them all and all of a sudden you realize there are two more right where you’re looking but not seeing.
What’s this culvert doing here
I spotted this culvert pipe coming out of the river bank in a place there should not be a culvert. There’s a tiny flat and then it goes up a steep hill in back of it. But it’s in there in such a way that it had to be installed. It’s also very deep in the dirt. But the river could have piled up more dirt on it as years went by. Maybe an old road along the river at one time? I’ll have to explore it some more by looking around some more, if I can find it again. It only shows at low tide. Part of the fun of kayaking this place is trying to figure out what was being done in the past.
We made it up to the great blue heron rookery around four PM. I wasn’t sure we could find any blue herons in he nest. There were some up there. This tree has somewhere between ten and twenty nests in it. They are hard to count way up there. They are in a big fir tree.
And the wind dies down
We continued on down the river and were at the boat ramp around seven PM. I was hungry and tired out and eager to get on home.
Lots of good exercise today for a nice trip on the river.