Biological Oceanography Field Trips - Spring 2004


Please choose one of the following field trips, and sign up on the list in class.
You are welcome to attend more than one if you check with me in advance!

 Field Trip #1
Saturday, March 13 -- Meet at Jenner Overlook at 9:00 a.m.
Seal Count and Seal Watch
(May also see Gray Whales, as well as Seabirds, Marine Algae and Marine Invertebrates)

Field Trip #2
Thursday, March 18- Meet at Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay at 1:00 p.m.
Rocky Intertidal and Intertidal Mudflats
(May also see Gray Whales at Bodega Head)

Field Trip #3
Tuesday, April 13 -- Meet at Westside Park (Bodega Bay) Boat Dock at 12:30 p.m.
Boat Trip on Bodega Bay, Rocky Intertidal and Intertidal Mudflats

Field Trip #4
Saturday, April 24-- Meet at Campbell Cove, Bodega Bay at 8:15 a.m.
Rocky Intertidal (May also see Gray Whales)

Field Trip #5
Saturday, May 8 -- Meet at Shell Beach (south of Goat Rock Beach) at 8:15 a. m.
Rocky Intertidal (May also see Gray Whales)

Experiencing at least one field trip to the ocean is considered a valuable part of this class, and is required.

 Please Note: Field trips are scheduled to meet prior to the time of the lowest tidal level. All have been scheduled during Minus Tides (lowest tidal levels).

It is much safer to arrive at intertidal areas before the low tide to make observations and do any research work while the tide is going out.

When the time of low tide arrives, we start heading back to higher intertidal zones.

See some Intertidal Marine Algae!

See some Marine Invertebrates!

Sampling the Bodega mudfalt flora and fauna.

A large bloodworm is a member of the infauna!

Searching in the mud for interesting specimens.

Carefully walking in the rocky intertidal among eel
grass and marine algae.

A beautiful example of Polinices lewisii, Lewis'
Moon Snail.

Learning about the variety of organisms that live in
the mud and sand of Bodega Bay.

The surf grass, Phyllospadix coulteri, is exposed at low tide at Bodega Head.

A giant green sea anemone, Anthopleura xanthogrammica, opens its tentacles in a sunny tidepool.

Moon Snails (Polinices lewisii) are often abundant in the low intertdal zone.

A colorful nudibranch on the mudflats of Bodega Bay.

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Marilyn Cannon, Feb. 10, 2004