With the kind support of VLT and MCHT
Happy (belated) Birthday Erik! - this was supposed to have gone out on your birthday!
RIP - Ornette Coleman - a true original. Only saw him once, with the Dead (2/23/93). my last Dead show actually, but not because of Ornette (I went to see Ornette!). He was awesome. The Dead were good that night too. Mardi Gras were always great fun. Anyway - thanks for the sounds Ornette!
the American International School in Cairo Egypt!
Word is it they like seeing the photos of Leif doing stuff and that’s super cool.
Thanks to Suzanne Hunt for contacting us, Leif loved the email!
Business – we have much business in this one so we will break it down into two parts – one part now, one part at the end – so all you strictly business people should stick around!
Sylvia Reiss sent in this photo so a Lady Slipper by her house out City Point way. First one she has seen in her yard, good sign for the neighborhood!
photo by Sylvia Reiss
|this is not a goatsucker|
|harbor seal and pup|
photo by Rick Morgan
From the ferry – Purple Sandpipers, 4 Red-throated Loon, red-breasted merganser.
Seals - Lots of baby Harbor Seals around these days, pups with moms - here's some shots that Rick Morgan got, undoubtedly from his kayak!
|photo by Erin Creelman|
Erin Creelman was kind enough to send in these photos of a painted turtle making its way from the woods to round pound.
photo by Erin Creelman
|this is what the ferry looked like when it|
went past me on Lairey's
otter stuff - no report would be complete without a word or two about our local otters. And this week when I had to (was forced to, twist my arm) to kayak out to the whites I knew it was otter time. last year I was growled at by an otter on Spectacle and was excited to get back, find some sign, and not get growled at again. But first I had to stop on Lairey's...
|the hole is in the stump|
After years of threatening (no one in particular) to land on Lairey's and inspect the area where we've tracked an otter from the ferry for 5 or 6 years now. Well, I finally had the 15 minutes it took to check it out and so I checked it out.
|you can really see how torn up the ground was here|
den is under stump on the right
|juniper damage caused by otter running|
From the amount of fresh sign my guess is that one otter lived there, and from all the sign I would say he or she (my guess is he) has lived there for a long time (like 6 years? maybe more?). so cool to check it out on land after years of seeing sign from the ferry.
Loads of butterflies these days....that's all I have to say about that...
|view from above an otter slide|
At least for the short term I will continue to come out to Vinalhaven on a regular basis, but my observing out here will certainly be in a more limited fashion. We will continue with the VSR and see what it morphs into and how it goes, not sure how things will roll. So ready for change? well here we go...
if anyone is interested in taking over the VSR - in your own style of course - please let me know. if you'd like to nominate someone to take over, that is fine too. credibility and dedication are the only requirements needed.
|carrion beetles like fresh otter spraint|