Tag Archives: Seabirds

Beach Wrack: What is it and why is it here?

By Jarred Klosinski, Phycology Lab If you’re like me and take long walks on the beach, you may have noticed more mounds of algae along the shore. These mounds are called beach wrack and can contain kelps as well as … Continue reading

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Sea otters participate in coastal restoration

by Jackie Lindsey, Vertebrate Ecology Lab There’s a new reason to love the world’s smallest marine mammal species – so let’s talk sea otters! These voracious predators are again making headlines in the science world as a new paper comes … Continue reading

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“Tails” from The Field

by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab Since May, the mammal lab has been as quiet as a post-apocalyptic library (yep, that quiet). For the marine mammologist (and birder), summer time is all about fieldwork — followed by lots and lots of … Continue reading

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A Visit to Año Nuevo Island

by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab In March the MS211 class (Ecology of Marine Turtles, Birds and Mammals) climbed onto a small inflatable boat, pointed offshore, and ran a half mile obstacle course through rocks, waves, and seals to Año Nuevo … Continue reading

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Chronicles of a Curious Beachcomber

by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab A few Sundays ago — Super Bowl Sunday, in fact — I took a three-hour walk along the beach at Fort Ord in Monterey, CA with Don Glasco, a systems engineer and former cartographer. This … Continue reading

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Dem bones, dem dry bones

by Jackie Schwartzstein, Vertebrate Ecology Lab Most of us remember the song from childhood: ‘Toe bone connected to the foot bone, Foot bone connected to the leg bone, Leg bone connected to the knee bone…’ But here at MLML the students in … Continue reading

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The Early Bird Gets the Fish in this Case (and a Great Tide-Pooling Experience)

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab In early June, I went camping with my family in Southern California at El Moro Campground, a part of Crystal Cove State Park. While there one day, I was excited to learn that there … Continue reading

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Habitat Restoration: One Bird at a Time

by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab “The latest tool in wildlife biology is a garden spade,” says Ryan Carle, as he happily describes his work with Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, a nonprofit working worldwide to improve biodiversity conservation and increase understanding … Continue reading

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Drop-In to MLML Open House: Birds and Babies

You can get up close to birds and whales at Open House without scaring them or getting wet!  The Vertebrate Ecology Lab has many cool birds on display – its amazing how many different birds we have in and around … Continue reading

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Sheer Numbers of Shearwaters

Monterey Bay is not only a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world, it is also a destination spot for animals from across the globe.  Some animal visitors swim the distance, like the leatherback sea turtles that journey … Continue reading

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