Grass Island, and a Resolution

First, the resolution: I want to get better at broadening my natural history practice beyond identification, so I resolve to a) start journaling about my excursions, b) get at least one landscape shot per trip that shows something about the ecosystem / landscape and not just the individual organisms, and c) record and answer the questions which always pop up, either ones that I ask myself or that others ask me and I can't answer.

Since I just made these resolutions up just now, I was not able to apply them all this afternoon at Grass Island in Guilford, CT, where the fam and I went for a short stroll... or rather everyone else strolled while I slowly puttered and looked at birds and shells. No landscape shot, but I will say that anyone visiting this cool little spot by the mouth of the East River should ignore the stupid sign that says no public access. According to the Guilford Town Website, this beach is administered by the town and there is access for walking, fishing, clamming, etc., and I assume that sign was just put there by a mean-spirited resident trying to keep people off their lawn, but also off the beach.

A question did pop into my mind: how did this beautiful patch of sand and mud flats become public property? From a Californian perspective, one of the most striking aspect of the northeastern seaside is how developed and privatized it is, so I often wonder how little access points like this became accessible to those of us who can't afford to buy a beach. Anyway, this one wasn't too hard to answer: if we trust this old Courant article, the land was donated to the town by the Munroe family in 1963. I've no idea who the Munroes were (are?) or why they donated the land, but power to 'em.

Publicado por kueda kueda, 01 de enero de 2017

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Ostra de Silla de Montar (Anomia simplex)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:07 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Mejillón Azul del Atlántico Norte (Mytilus edulis)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Mejillón Acanalado del Norte (Geukensia demissa)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:10 PM EST

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Ostión del Altántico (Crassostrea virginica)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:13 PM EST

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Almeja Alas de Ángel (Barnea truncata)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:19 PM EST

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Kind of wondering if this is Barnea truncata, but it's probably just a false angelwing.

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Almeja de Arca (Anadara transversa)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:19 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:20 PM EST

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Was hoping this was C. convexa, but the apex doesn't project.

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Enero 1, 2017 02:20 PM EST

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Bígaro Común (Littorina littorea)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:21 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:27 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:33 PM EST

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Almeja de Arca (Lunarca ovalis)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:34 PM EST

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Relatively common at this location, more so than the transverse ark.

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Enero 1, 2017 02:42 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:44 PM EST

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Almeja Navaja (Ensis leei)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:52 PM EST

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Almeja Catarina (Argopecten irradians)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:49 PM EST

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Ostión del Altántico (Crassostrea virginica)

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Enero 1, 2017 02:46 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:38 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:36 PM EST

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Enero 1, 2017 02:44 PM EST

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Some of them were really huge like this one.

Comentarios

This sounds like a good resolution kueda. Do you know of any site that is good for or specializes in hosting "habitat" images? I have been taking habitat images for many of my localities and it would be nice to have these data available. What do you intend to do? Is there a way to add habitat images to iNat and to associate these images with observations?

Publicado por pileated hace alrededor de 6 años (Marca)

Personally I just intent to write journal post and embed image tags that point to image's I'm hosting on Flickr, e.g. http://www.inaturalist.org/journal/kueda/5298-this-weekend-was-so-wonderfully-green. We don't have a way to associate habitat shots with observations at present, but you can associate observations with journal posts like I've done here.

Publicado por kueda hace alrededor de 6 años (Marca)

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