Dock fouling?

Hi all,
I ran into this blog from an inaturalist user in the Bay Area. I thought it was pretty interesting and something we might want to try if we’re feeling adventurous!

https://chloevanloon.com/2020/10/29/dock-fouling-fun/

Maybe some of you have done this before? They found some great stuff.

פורסם על-ידי naturephotosuze naturephotosuze, נובמבר 25, 2020 05:16 לפנה"צ

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Laying on your belly on poop covered planks? Hell yea! Let's find a dock area which we can legally enter. Suggestions?
The other day, I took a closer look at iron posts that hold up fencing on Ormond Beach and even there found a tiny mini reef with lots of life.

פורסם על-ידי andreacala לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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We did this last year in San Pedro on an In the Field event with the Natural History Museum. Super cool stuff. Of course, it helped having the NHM scientists there to really pick out the less obvious organisms :)

פורסם על-ידי scubabruin לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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Thanks for this! I needed a good snort. Count me in!

פורסם על-ידי redrovertracy לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

פורסם על-ידי naturephotosuze לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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Speaking about places to go and things to observe, today, on the way to Nicholas Flats, the gates at Rocky Oaks (Kanan Rd at Mulholland Hwy) were open. On the way back, I stopped over and took one of the loops. The massive oaks have mostly survived the Woolsey Fire and are recovering nicely. But otherwise, there was very little to see this time of the year besides bone dry grasses, mustard, dock, etc. I took a look at the boulders, but those I saw were without lichens. There were a few Lesser Goldfinches, YR Warblers, WC Sparrows, a Flicker, a few Ground Squirrels, all in the far distance and clearly not used to people and extremely shy. There's a now dry, shallow pond area with dry rushes, a bit like the pond at Trippet Ranch/Topanga, which might be a nice place to find frogs and toads in the spring. But traffic noise from Kanan and Mulholland (55mph roads) makes this one of the less enjoyable parks, I think. I was the only person around, so that's a plus.
Also Charmlee has opened again recently, and I will check it out sometime soon.

פורסם על-ידי andreacala לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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Happy Thanksgiving, dear Wild Women! Even if it'll likely be a very minimalist edition... And be safe out there. We just got red-flag warnings from the FD, due to the Santa Ana event from Thursday PM. And so I will pack my go bag once again...

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Happy Thanksgiving backatcha!
Wishing you all good health and warmed hearts. But not wildfire-heated. Stay safe.
Also, I'm grateful for this group of curious, adventurous, nature-loving, dock-fouling, 21st-century amazons 💪🏻🙏🏻

פורסם על-ידי redrovertracy לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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And I add my Happy Thanksgiving wishes as well! Finding you all and joining as Wild Women has been one of the better parts of 2020 and I am so very thankful for your friendship, enthusiasm, mentorship, encouragement, and company (both in person and virtual). Stay safe and healthy, crossing fingers for no wild fires, and looking forward to dock fouling with you all sometime soon.
Big hugs to you all!

פורסם על-ידי scubabruin לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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Happy thanksgiving to all of you as well! It has been great getting to know you all and I’m so happy to find other like minded people out there. When I see how some people treat the environment or act like humans are the most important species on earth, it is discouraging. But having met you all, it brings me encouragement to see that others treasure nature and advocate for our plants and animals,

Have a safe holiday everyone and let’s hope there are no fires. Let’s also hope that we eventually get some rain...it’s so dry. And good to know Charmlee is open...it was always a great place before the fire. And rocky Oaks was even nice when the pond was full. That was many moons ago.

Best wishes all and see you in the field.

פורסם על-ידי naturephotosuze לפני בערך 2 חודשים (סמן)
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There's a dock fouling project on iNat: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/dock-fouling-in-california
Locations were observations were made that are within reach are Ventura Harbor and several in Long Beach.

פורסם על-ידי andreacala לפני 15 ימים (סמן)
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Thanks Andrea. I have also seen some from Redondo Beach I think.

פורסם על-ידי naturephotosuze לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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I sense a field trip coming up...:)
Hope you all enjoyed a relaxing New Year eve and have a terrific start to 2021!

פורסם על-ידי scubabruin לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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Hey, I don't mean to put a damper on this idea and I'm sure there is an open dock somewhere. Having said that, the docks in Ventura Harbor seem to be gated and the observer is a marine biologist in SB, so he would have been able to get access/permission. And, it looks like the Redondo Beach observations may have come from an NHMLA event, based on some of the observers. Again, that may mean they got permission to access the docks.

פורסם על-ידי scubabruin לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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As to Ventura Harbor, I went there a few weeks ago when this idea first surfaced and found the dock area closed to visitors. Maybe there's a public harbor a bit further north, but around the visitor center they all belong to a private yacht club. The only docks I remember being accessible are those in Marina del Rey, at least they were about 10 years ago. When the weekend is over, tourists have returned home, virtual school is back in session, and beach areas are less crowded, I'll take the bike and cruise around MdR and check. I'd so love to explore this!

פורסם על-ידי andreacala לפני 14 ימים (סמן)

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