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Just What Lives on the Rocks of Calvert Island?
The coffee hadn’t kicked in yet, but there is an unspoken excitement in the air despite the constant drizzle working its way through well-worn Gore-Tex. The tide is dropping to low, and this team of a dozen scientists has biodiversity to study.
An Ad-Dock Solution
The fate of the Hakai Institute's old dock ramp from Calvert Island was up in the air as it left the island on a barge as scrap. Then our Quadra Island neighbors came with a proposal.
The Great Flush
Coastal landscapes are influenced by nutrients that come from the oceans. But the land does its share of sharing too. Never underestimate the power of a small stream.
Long Ones, Short Ones, Fat Ones, Skinny Ones, Itsy, Bitsy Polychaete Worms
Worms often elicit disgust. But the marine worms in the vials and dishes stacked on Leslie Harris’s desk could make anyone a wormophile. The absolute number of worm species around Calvert Island will likely never be answered. But Harris is giving it her best shot.
That’s a Species I’ve Never Met Before
Two of the three weeks of the Hakai-MarineGEO bioblitz are in the books. Over 1,000 species so far and there are bound to be more discoveries to come.