Our unnoticed front yard
RC: my partner Cathy did a little bird study of the Gold Creek delta, with an eye (and ear) to what changes we might expect with construction of the proposed Sea Walk outside Egan Expressway. All kinds of cool stuff going on out there. But because we’re so cut off from our waterfront by traffic, few of us downtown residents recreate on little flounder creek.
Here’s a clip Cathy shot of a heron stalking gunnels in the Fucus beds:
And another of a raven mass-harvesting them. Both of these movies were in late May, when chicks are in the nest. A pair of ravens were killing gunnels and staging them in the Fucus until they could fly home with large mouthfuls:
A century of change on Little Flounder Flats
The team of planners and consultants assessing proposals for Seawalk construction outside of Egan Drive asked for historical information, to help understand successional and developmental trajectories. For me, this was an especially interesting assignment, because it’s not only my home watershed, but the front yard of Harborview Elementary, the school where we founded Discovery Southeast a quarter century ago.
Download Gold Creek Delta historic series (4meg PDF) here.