Actually there’s probably more good than bad news in the world, but as we all know, the good news doesn’t capturing our attention in quite the same way.
Taking advantage of the very low tide today, the Island County Beach Watchers eelgrass team is out playing in the mud. (That’s Nameless cuddled up to the dock in the background.)I couldn’t take part today – not because I didn’t want to get dirty, it’s just that I have to work sometimes. I did stop and take some pictures of the team on my way to the office. Here’s a picture of why I didn’t get close ups of the work – no mud boots.
The workers are strung out along the beach like that because they are counting eelgrass shoots and taking samples from different points along a transect that we laid out last summer. The transects are defined by the Department of Natural Resources, located by GPS and must be the same each year.
I hope to hear that the number of shoots has increased and that our beds are flourishing after some pretty tough years.