Counting Deer on Protection Island

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Yesterday I went with a group, led by our Refuge Biologist, to Protection Island. The purpose of our visit to this island, which is closed to the public, was to do a count of the black-tailed deer on the island to monitor changes to the population. This is done every year to see how the numbers increase or decrease, and if there are noticeable features, such as disease, affecting them. Any carcasses are also counted.

The deer swim over to the island – it is a couple of miles offshore – and are pretty good swimmers from what I am told.

I was up in the water tower helping to monitor the first half of the island survey with the biologist, while other teams were walking through the forested and brushy areas and along some of the old platted roads from when the island was going to be developed as a floating subdivision decades ago. As you can see from the video, it was a beautiful day and the scenery is gorgeous. The tower looks like the Shady Rest Motel should be next to it.

Water Tower on Protection Island

Water Tower on Protection Island

I am not quite sure how much detail you will be able to see, but here are a few details on the video. The snow-capped Olympic Mountains are absolutely gorgeous in the background. The crew on the boats just off the coast as the video starts are diving for geoduck clams – the huge, obnoxious-looking clams that you can look up and make your own decisions as to what they look like. Lew, the caretaker out there, said that one of the guys told him the boat can make $2000 a day harvesting them. The area of many houses you see in the first part of the video as I go around the tower is an area know as Diamond Point (where I took a bike ride to a few weeks ago). As I go around the tank and you see the ladder at the bottom of the screen the land ahead is, I believe, the area north of Seattle looking towards the Cascades. A bit further around the corner looking north you will see the San Juan Islands, yet more parts of our Refuge. Finally, as  I continue around and the researcher house comes into view from below, if you look across the water you will see some faint white spots – that is Victoria, British Columbia.

It is a cool place to see and be, but it is also helping with and learning the science aspect of it and I am enjoying being able to get involved with that. Not many people get to see this place so close so I am fortunate in that as well the opportunities to help however I can.

Beer

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Yes, I am admittedly a beer snob. A well-poured, sexy pint glass of Guinness is my beverage of choice. I have also been know to drink a Fat Tire at times. I usually prefer micro-brews to most commercial beers and appreciate the craftsmanship put into micro-brews and home-brews.

I just saw an article that there is a class action lawsuit accusing Budweiser of “watering down their beer”. Gee… didn’t we all know that already? And honestly… it is for a paltry $5 million. This is a company that had $39 BILLLION in sales in 2011 and you go after such a small amount? Come on now! Make it worth your time and get some real money from them!

First off… DUH! It IS water. Secondly, there should be a lawsuit against Budweiser for claiming what they make is beer.

I can understand the turmoil with Maker’s Mark wanting to (and then deciding NOT to) water down their bourbon. You could notice that rather easily I would think, but I honestly am not very sure how it is possible to water down Budweiser, since  if you add water after it is brewed it would obviously reduce the carbonation and make it taste even worse than it already does. You simply brew weak, shitty beer to start with and bottle it up.

Funny how all of a sudden these people had watery beer when someone ELSE mentions it and wants to sue. Unbelievably NO ONE noticed any change in taste or carbonation until then?

Yeah… that’s what I thought.

Winter Storm 2/25/13

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Winter Storm 2/25/13

Winter Storm 2/25/13

Yesterday was quite impressive on the beach. We were under a gale warning and a high wind advisory. At the lighthouse they ended up with winds clocked at 53 MPH – it was blowing huge waves, and if the tide would have been higher it would have been even more interesting.

Luckily no one was wanting to go out to walk on The Spit. If they got into trouble there is no way we could even do much to help – probably a job for the Coast Guard, who train in this kind of weather. The conditions were pretty bad as you can see here in this video I shot with my iPhone (shameless plug). There is a lot of wind noise, so might want to turn down the volume a bit.

Nature can sure bare her teeth!

Snow!

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No.. not here where I am fortunately. I don’t care to deal with it again for the foreseeable future myself.

It is good to see CO and the Midwest get some moisture finally. They still have a long way to go to just catch up, but at least some decent amounts are making it to the ground finally.

I hope they all get a lot more to keep the fires danger AND the bread prices low.