Today was our last day of monitoring. We have to leave the island two days early due to the predicted huge swells that will make it almost impossible to leave from north landing after tomorrow. (Remember how we got on the island? Here is a photo of us how they ‘get groceries’ on the island to remind you how hard it is!)
We encountered lots of birds and mammals in our research sites today…we had Oystercatchers (look for the black bird with bright red beak right next to the white pvc pipe quadrat), endangered Stellar Sea Lion pups on one of our sites (we didn’t even get close!) and Elephant Seals really close to us while we were taking data (It is really thrilling to count anemones with an elephant seal four feet from your head!).