Saturdays are always really busy for Interns. It is spent on the museum floor teaching visitors through the many stations located throughout the Academy. However, last Saturday interns got to go out into the field. The interns headed out to Monterey Bay for Rocky Intertidal Monitoring. This is where interns counted the number of organisms that could be found right along the coast in tidepool ecosystems. To properly monitor organisms the interns had to create a transect line that goes from the shore straight down to the coast. At different spots about three feet away from each other quadrats were placed. Quadrats are 5 by 5 squares that are placed down and in those individual squares organisms were counted. Examples of the species that we observed that day are: anemones, whelks (a type of snail), ochre sea stars, and many more invertebrates. Interns also counted algae that grow in the intertidal zone. It is important to monitor these organisms and algae because their population numbers can tell us a lot about what unnatural changes in the environment they are facing. Possible impacts on these organisms are very harmful such as global warming, pollution, or harvesting.