Census & Independent Pups

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 1-10 knots N/SW
  • Sky: sunny and clear
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice any ecotours go by today
  • No visitors

Ecological

  • Bernard left the two pups today, not sure if he’ll return or not.
  • The pups are almost the same size now. Both are nice and plump and seem healthy.
  • Lots of Black Oyster Catchers and Cormorants around lately

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 85
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 60
  • Elephant Seals – 5 (two pups, three adult males)
  • Harbour Seals – 5
  • Cormorants – 200
  • Seagulls – 150
  • Bald Eagles – 5
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 15
  • Black Turnstones – 10

Mother Elephant Seal Departure & Snow

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy with heavy snowfall and fog
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a nice visit from a veteran ecoguardian Guy Ouradou along with a pearson college alumni member for a quick visit to the island.

Ecological

  • Some time in the night the mother elephant seal left the island to feed and let her pup become independent and eventually make it’s own way to the water.
  • Surprisingly Bernard (father elephant seal) has still been very close and protective to the two pups that are now side by side.

Cormorants and Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-18 knots N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy in the morning then cleared up by afternoon
  • Water: mostly calm, a bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t see any ecotours today
  • No visitors

Ecological

  • Mother elephant seal was a bit distant from her pup today and is looking really thin. Pretty sure she’ll be heading off soon.
  • Lots of cormorants around lately. Counted around 200 on the south rocks this morning.

Bernard the Protector

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15 knots N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy in the morning then cleared up by afternoon
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by today
  • No visitors today

Ecological

  • The mother elephant seal is getting noticeably thinner from feeding the pup for weeks and not having eaten anything for some time now. I suspect she will be leaving her pup soon to feed and to let the pup tone up a bit before she makes her way to the water for the first time to feed herself.
  • Bernard (adult male elephant seal) has been doing a great job of protecting his two pups and female from the three other males on the island.

High Winds

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 25-42 knots N/NE
  • Sky: sunny with some clouds
  • Water: rough, 2-3 metre swells

Boats/Visitors

  • No small boats out today, only large commercial ships
  • No visitors

Ecological

  • Most of the wildlife on and around the island layed low for the day with the high winds and rain. Didn’t see much activity and was stuck indoors for most of the day myself.

Strong Winds

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: light breeze until late morning, up to 35-51 knots all day and night
  • Sky: cloudy and rainy with some sun
  • Water: very rough

Boats/Visitors

  • Little to no boat traffic today aside from large commercial ships

Ecological

  • The weaner pup is getting big, seems very healthy.
  • Elephant seal adult male and female continue to mate several times a day

Census

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 knots W this morning, dying down to 1-10 knots by night
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: choppy this morning, calming throughout the day

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by
  • Jeff and a student from the college came by quick to drop off some food for me.

Ecological

  • The 3 lone male elephant seals have left the older pup alone so far which I am very happy about.
  • The dominant male and female have been mating every day for the past week.

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 130
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 94
  • Elephant Seals – 7  (four adult males, one adult female, two pups)
  • Seagulls – 285
  • Bald Eagles – 7
  • Black Oyster Catchers – 30
  • Black Turnstones – 15
  • Harlequin Ducks – 10
  • Canada Geese – 4
  • Cormorants – 75

More Male Elephant Seals

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy in the morning then cleared up by afternoon
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Saw a few ecotours go by today
  • Two workers from Environment Canada came by for a few hours to inspect the weather monitoring equipment on the top of the lighthouse.
  • Kyle came out to deliver fuel and brought a student from Pearson college to see the island.

Ecological

  • There are now three other male elephant seals hanging around.
  • The older elephant seal pup has been sleeping away from the elephant seal family (dominant male, female and weaner) for the last few days now and the other males are starting to become interested in it. I really hope they don’t attack it!

Sunbathing Sea Lions

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 N/NE
  • Sky: sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: mostly calm, bit choppy at times

Boats/Visitors

  • Had a few ecotours go by today
  • New batteries were installed for the main energy systems. The generator will only need to be run once a week for 2-4 hours rather than 2-4 hours a day! Huge decrease in carbon footprint.

Ecological

  • The sea lions and seals were enjoying the sun today
  • Lots of black turnstones running around the lawn throughout the day
  • An eagle flew right over me and my friend right when she arrived to say hi.

Growing Pups

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-15  N/NE
  • Sky: cloudy with some sun
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice an ecotours today
  • Kyle came by with some food and a new cart for wheeling fuel around. New batteries for the generator and energy system are getting installed tomorrow which will greatly reduce the amount of time we will need to run the generator! Very exciting.

Ecological

  • Haven’t seen the young tagged C887 seal again
  • The elephant seal pups are getting so big, can’t believe how fast they grow. The weaner is so noisy, especially at night.
  • Lots of eagles and black oyster catchers out again today.