Alaska Day 4

A view from the porch of the Forest Service cabin out into the Sound.

Day 4 started in the intertidal zone at low tide. Identification of the various intertebrates included the limpet above.

This large cockle was squirting water through its syphon and was easily captured.

Sea stars are abundant – this one was named Patrick.

This sea anemnome was filtering through the rocks.

This squillamantis was a mystery and most of us had never encountered it before.

Sea cucumbers were abundant and colorful.

Another sea cucumber.

Another sea star with tenticles flaring.

Beach asparagus was a big hit and we plan to pickle a few jars.

Here is a chiton called a gumboot by the folks in Kake.

After the beach we went to get coffee at Tribal Grounds.

Berry picking under the shadow of Alaska’s tallest totem pole – here salmonberries and strawberries were picked for the elders in town.

The afternoon was spent coring living and dead yellow cedar trees – here Lilly is coring a living cedar, many that are over 500 years old.

The Wooster group at the cedar site.

The final photo of the two groups combined at the Lodge was the farewell. More is to come as Lilly and Fred return to the tree-ring lab to work on the red and yellow cedar cores.

A bear passed by the lodge on his way to work.


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2 Responses to Alaska Day 4

  1. Mark Wilson says:

    Love the marine invertebrates!! Classic intertidal assemblages. The only critters that need a shout-out are those ubiquitous barnacles. Looks like the weather is still good, and I don’t see mosquito nets. Happy campers. Enjoying these image-rich posts. Keep them coming!

    By the way, you can eat those gumboot chitons … raw if you like!

  2. Lauren Vargo says:

    Awesome sea life! And looks like a great trip from this and the previous posts! I must have just missed you all, I’ve just traveled from Alaska to Ohio!

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