Saturday, November 29, 2008

Calm Waters

This time of year we get questions about the weather. Wintertime is some of the best wildlife watching as storm waves chase all sorts of critters into the quiet calm waters of the Elkhorn Slough. For example, we get much higher sea otter numbers and rarer sea going birds. The "weather windows" are nearly always full of sunshine. Much of the wildlife stays for days enjoying the new peaceful habitat.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Birds and Birding at Its Best

The Fall bird migration is well underway. The numbers and variety is up! The smaller shorebirds are in very high numbers, so high that the mudflats appear to be alive and walking about. These Western Sandpipers travel great distances from Northern tundra to South America - and our Elkhorn Slough is just a rest stop along the way. They feed and fuel up here for the next leg of the journey. --- Capt