Fence Repositioning


  • The 7:00 weather report.
  • Visibility: 15 miles (later all the way to Mt. Baker!)
  • Wind: 10-15 knots NE (later zero)
  • Sky: overcast (later some rain)
  • Water: calm with a 2′ surge


  • I saw an American robin for the first time out here.


  • With the sea lions definitively gone from the east part of the inner island I saw fit to remove that electric fence.
  • I began reassembling said fence along the middle walkway to help combat the flood of sea lions who have recently begun to encroach upon the buildings.
  • Tried to haul away the dead California sea lion but he is too heavy for me.

New fence working wonders!


  • Saw a handful of eco-tours.


March 10 – Juncos and a Robin

Cloudy, with fog in the morning
Wind: 0 – 16 knots from the W then NE in the morning, switching to SE in the afternoon
Air Temperature: High 10°C, Low 7°C
Ocean Temperature: 8.9°C

This morning, the Pearson students here for Project Week helped stack firewood in the cupboards outside of the Engine Building.

Four oregon juncos and a robin were seen flying around the southern part of Great Race.

This afternoon, four students took part in rescue diving scenarios with Chris. Afterwards a few of them went snorkelling around the jetty to check out the sea stars, a sea slug and other species.

Chunk continues to hang out near the Marine Science Centre.

Three ecotour boats came into the ecological reserve to share the sights, sounds and smells of the marine mammals and birds with their customers.

Turdus migratorius: American Robin–The Race Rocks Taxonomy

Surprisingly we see very few Robins at Race Rocks, probably because it is not an area conducive to nesting, being devoid of trees. Robins do stay year round on Vancouver Island although these ones probably came through from the Olympic Peninsula.

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passerifomis
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Muscicapoidea
Family: Muscicapidae
Subfamily: Turdinae
Genus: Turdus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Species: migratorius
Subspecies: propinquus
Common Name: American Robin
Other Members of the Class Aves at Race Rocks.

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pearsonlogo2_f2The Race Rocks taxonomy is a collaborative venture originally started with the Biology and Environmental Systems students of Lester Pearson College UWC. It now also has contributions added by Faculty, Staff, Volunteers and Observers on the remote control webcams.