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.

Posted by kueda kueda, January 01, 2017 11:30 PM

Observations

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Common Jingle (Anomia simplex)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:07 PM EST

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Eastern White Slippersnail (Crepidula plana)

Observer

kueda

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January 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Common Atlantic Slippersnail (Crepidula fornicata)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis)

Observer

kueda

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January 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:09 PM EST

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Northern Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:10 PM EST

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Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:13 PM EST

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Fallen Angelwing (Barnea truncata)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:19 PM EST

Description

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

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Transverse Ark (Anadara transversa)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:19 PM EST

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Common Atlantic Slippersnail (Crepidula fornicata)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:20 PM EST

Description

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

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Threeline Mudsnail (Ilyanassa trivittata)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:20 PM EST

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Common Periwinkle (Littorina littorea)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:21 PM EST

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Soft-shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

Observer

kueda

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January 1, 2017 02:27 PM EST

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False Angelwing (Petricolaria pholadiformis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:33 PM EST

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Blood Ark (Lunarca ovalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:34 PM EST

Description

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

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Eastern Oyster Drill (Urosalpinx cinerea)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:42 PM EST

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Shark Eye (Neverita duplicata)

Observer

kueda

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January 1, 2017 02:44 PM EST

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Atlantic Jackknife (Ensis leei)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:52 PM EST

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Atlantic Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:49 PM EST

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Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:46 PM EST

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Channeled Whelk (Busycotypus canaliculatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:38 PM EST

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Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:36 PM EST

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Soft-shelled Clam (Mya arenaria)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 1, 2017 02:44 PM EST

Description

Some of them were really huge like this one.

Comments

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?

Posted by pileated over 5 years ago (Flag)

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.

Posted by kueda over 5 years ago (Flag)

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