Diario del proyecto Biota of Marrowstone Island

26 de abril de 2020

New Projects

I created two new projects today. The first is a standard Collection Project for Indian Island. The second is called Craven Peninsula. It is an Umbrella Project that includes all the observations from both Indian and Marrowstone Island. See the new projects here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/craven-peninsula

Anotado en abril 26, domingo 20:13 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

07 de marzo de 2020

Frog and Toad Songs

Since it is the season, I've begun recording frog songs. A search of iNaturalist didn't reveal any projects in this area, so I created one. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/frog-and-toad-songs Your recordings would be very welcome. And of course if you'd like to join the project, you would also be very welcome.

Anotado en marzo 07, sábado 22:56 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de febrero de 2020

Which Willow

For the last month or so, quite a number of trees have been busy. It's a veritable orgy of tree sex going on right now. I'm almost embarrassed to mention Hooker's willow (for obvious reasons). But they have been blooming, and are almost done for the year. I'm sure many have noticed the pussy willows, and perhaps collected them as table ornaments.

Not so flamboyant are two willows I've been trying to separately identify for years. Scoulers and Sitka willows are very difficult to tell apart unless one can count the stamen. Trouble is, I've never seen either in bloom!

So fellow naturalists, should you notice a tree you think might be either of these species, please document the flower structure. Or better yet, alert me to its location.

Thank you,

Anotado en febrero 09, domingo 00:46 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de diciembre de 2019

Remembering John Comstock

John died in October. He should be recognized for his lifelong curiosity for the natural world. Brilliant in his professional life as a biomedical engineer and researcher, his work on avian genetics advanced the science in that field prior to DNA sequencing. He loved nothing more than immersing himself in nature, both intellectually and physically. From rock climbing, to long distance bicycling, to building and paddling kayaks, John's energy was seemingly boundless. We who loved him miss him terribly.

John introduced our Marrowstone community to iNaturalist, which was recommended to him when he looked to Cornell Labs for advice on doing a systematic biota list for our island. He is the founder of this project. I have taken over his position as the administrator. I do so with significant sense of responsibility to do right by John's ambitions for the project. Thanks to all contributors past and future. Should anyone wish to assist in the management of the project, please let me know. Keeping this project alive and vital will be a fitting way to honor John Comstock's legacy.

Kurt Steinbach

Anotado en diciembre 19, jueves 17:45 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de noviembre de 2019

Save those little cadavers

My cat brings in a variety of small rodents from the woods. In a recent chat with a taxidermist who does work for the Burke Museum and others, he told me the Burke may be interested in any dead animal for study, even in poor condition. They had a hard time getting crows and mallards, people think they are too common to save!

Marrowstone is an untapped resource. If you find something, photograph and measure it, wrap in paper then plastic and put it in your freezer. Post on iNat to document size, date, place and time. Contact the Burke:

https://www.burkemuseum.org/contact-us and ask if they are interested in the specimen, or submit an ID form.

Of course if it's a marine mammal, dead or alive, you should also contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network via PTMSC.


Giselle9 on iNat

Anotado en noviembre 19, martes 04:34 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

04 de julio de 2019


It is the buggy time of year. I'm having a ball documenting as many insects as I can manage. Every day seems to offer a new species or three.

Where to find insects: Look for insect damage on leaves, and trace down the culprit. Bury plastic drink cups up to their rim to catch ground beetles and other. I just got a black light to attract moths overnight. Last night was the first deployment, and I got three new species of moth to document. Anywhere there's water will be rich with insect life, both above the water, on and under. Turn over rocks and logs too.

How to document: Cell phones are amazing. If you have a means of adjusting the zoom, try different settings. I sometimes am able to get shots that rival my DSLR macro setup. For dragonflies and other more skittish subjects, there is nothing I've found to replace what a good long lens will achieve.

Don't forget to indicate scale. I often will use a grid background and mention the scale in the description. If you bring your subjects indoors for a controlled photo, some insects will slow down nicely by a visit to the refrigerator. Spiders are the exception. They tend to curl up and not present well from cooling. I try mostly to shoot spiders in situ.

Any tips that you find work well, please share them with the rest of us.

Kurt Steinbach

Anotado en julio 04, jueves 18:58 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

12 de junio de 2019

Full Moon - Minus Tides

I'm looking ahead to when to continue documentation of the biota of the isthmus between Indian and Marrowstone Islands. There is a neap tide today, so it will be a few days before low water will allow us to explore more of the low intertidal.

There are minus tides around the full moon next week (Monday), I want to take a close look at the existing channel from the causeway culvert north. I'd be happy to have some help with that. Let me know which day, Saturday (6/15) through Wednesday (6/19), works for you.

My favorite web site for tidal predictions is: http://www.dairiki.org/tides/daily.php/tow

If you use Facebook, I think that might be the easiest place to coordinate. Here's the group I would like to use: https://www.facebook.com/groups/640531329748002/

Here on iNat, this is the specific project for the isthmus: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/marrowstone-indian-island-isthmus

Anotado en junio 12, miércoles 17:47 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

04 de junio de 2019

Introducing the Marrowstone-Indian Island Isthmus project

Work is about to commence on the restoration construction to remove a culvert and causeway roadbed between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island. A new bridge will be installed, and the dunes and wetlands returned to historical status. The objective is to restore the tidal flow between Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay.

This iNaturalist project is meant to provide documentation of the species in the area of the restoration. It will be a before and after snapshot at the least. At best, it will document potentially vulnerable species that NOSC might want to know about, and want to apply mitigation remedies.

Please consider joining and contributing to this project.


Anotado en junio 04, martes 18:00 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

12 de mayo de 2019

Rat Island Bioblitz

All are welcome to join a bioblitz of Rat Island. There will be a nice almost minus 2' tide around noon. The plan is to row or paddle from the boat ramp at the lower campground of Fort Flagler. We can beach on whichever is the lee side of Rat Island that day. Prior to the max low, we can document as many species as we can from the dunes down to the low intertidal zone. We can then boat over the eel grass beds south of the island, and document what we might see there during the max low.

An iNaturalist project has been set up for this event: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/rat-island-bioblitz

Here is a useful link for the tides that day: http://www.dairiki.org/tides/daily.php/tow/2019-05-21

When: 10am Tuesday May 21st.
Where: Meet at the Fort Flagler Lower Campground boat ramp
How: Some means of personal transport will be needed to get to the island. A small human powered craft is most advisable, but I guess some good hip waders might work. (joking)

Questions: Direct them to kurtsteinbach@hotmail.com

Anotado en mayo 12, domingo 16:45 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

05 de mayo de 2019

Marrowstone Point Coastal Meadow

The area around the brackish lagoon and adjacent to the research station is an amazing and rare habitat. The wildflowers that are blooming there now are unique and increasingly rare. Following the path from near the parking area near the station entry, look to the west to see an astounding field of checkered lilies. Near the dunes, the habitat evolves into a sandier environment, where American beach grass and big head sedge can be seen. A round trip past the rifle range on the other side of the lagoon is a third rich habitat. Watch for birds in the willows and, of course, around and in the lagoon. Go now while the lilies are in bloom!

Anotado en mayo 05, domingo 17:59 por kurtsteinbach kurtsteinbach | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario