Muddy Shingles

Weather

  • The 8am weather report.
  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 1 knot West, slowly rising all day until 20-25 k W after 21:00
  • Sky: overcast
  • Water: calm

Ecological

  • Still the same 3 male elephant seals on Great Race.
  • The two larger ones returned from the water in the morning.
  • The weaner is still over by the base of the tower.
  • The spotted harbour seal returned to play near the jetty.

Maintenance

  • I collected up several muddy shingles from the middle part of the island.
  • Removed one large log from the ramp.

Boats

  • About 5 eco-tours came by today.

Military Blasting

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 0-10 knots NW
  • Sky: mix of blue and clouds
  • Water: calm

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Ecological

  • A gaggle of 19 Canada Geese arrived on Great Race today.
  • The birds and sea lions weren’t too pleased with all the DND blasting.

Maintenance

  • The usual chores.
  • Took some ash out of the wood stove.

Boats

  • Kyle came by in Second Nature to pick up Natasha.
  • A couple of eco-tours came by.

Visitors

  • Natasha left today.

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Other

  • Lots of DND blasting today.
  • Small, medium, and large blasts.
  • 10:59, 11:16, 11:18, 12:01, 12:04, 12:51, 1:07.

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Swell, Sea Lion, Sooth

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 10-15 knots N, later down to 5-10 N
  • Sky: overcast, then a rather sunny afternoon.
  • Water: 1′ waves, 3′ swell on the rocks

Ecological

  • A rather large sea lion encroachment today.
  • I think the powerful swell against the rocks was driving them inland.
  • 5 elephant seals on Great Race.
  • One of them spent the day lying in the mud on the NE part of the island.

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Maintenance

  • The sea lion encroachment caused major fence discombobulation.
  • Spent 1 hour resetting the fence.
  • The usual chores as well.

Boats

  • A few eco-tours came by today.

Other

  • A float plane flew over Great Race just after 15:00.

Sunny Day

Weather

  • 7:15
  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 10-15 knots NE
  • Sky: overcast
  • Water: calm
  • 10:45
  • Visibility: 10 miles (fog to the South and West)
  • Wind: 10-15 knots NE
  • Sky: sunny
  • Water: 1′ chop
  • Nice sunset!

Ecological

  • Saw 6 Harlequin Ducks today!

Maintenance

  • Ran the desalinator during the afternoon.
  • Stacked some firewood.
  • Cleaned the solar panels.
  • The usual chores.

Boats

  • Didn’t see many boats today despite the nice weather.

A Strong Breeze

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles with occasional fog interludes
  • Wind: 20-25 knots NE, later down to 15
  • Sky: showers
  • Water: choppy, especially in Middle Channel where waves and current collided.
  • The foghorn went off for a minute or so in the afternoon.

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Ecological

  • Still lots of sea lions on and around the jetty.
  • Lots of Canada Geese on the island.

Maintenance

  • Yesterday at 21:30 the windspeed display showed 00.0 despite clear wind.
  • It started working again sometime in the early morning.
  • The usual chores.

Boats

  • A few eco-tours came by in the afternoon.
  • One of them was here when the foghorn went off.

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Incredible Sunset

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 10-15 knots North
  • Sky: overcast, later some blue sky
  • Water: 2′ chop, later calm

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Ecological

  • Lots more sea lions on and around the jetty.

Maintenance

  • The usual chores.
  • Tried to move the dead sea lion for the 3rd time.
  • Too heavy for me no matter what I try.

Boats

  • Several eco-tours came by in the afternoon when the water calmed down.

Sea Lion house damage

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 0-10 knots West, later NE
  • Sky: Mix of sun and clouds
  • Water: choppy in the morning, calm later on

 

Ecological

  • The sea lions are far less prevalent on the inner part of the island now.
  • Saw California Sea Lion U105.

Maintenance

  • Somehow the sea lions have managed to break a pipe attached to the students’ house.
  • I’m not sure what kind of wire was in the pipe, but it was ripped out and broken.
  • Whatever it is, it seems to run into the disused basement workshop.

Boats

  • Ogden Point Dive boat had divers down in Middle Channel this morning.
  • Saw a sailboat pass by, as well as a few eco-tours.

Fence Repositioning

Weather

  • 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

Ecological

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

Maintenance

  • 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.
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New fence working wonders!

Boats

  • Saw a handful of eco-tours.

 

A Real Gale

Weather

  • 7:00 weather report.
  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 5-10 knots N
  • Sky: overcast with showers and lightning!
  • Water: rippled
  • Larger waves by noon.
  • Wind and rain picked up in the afternoon.
  • By 17:00 wind up to 50 knots W. House shaking.
  • By 18:20 down to an average of 20 knots West.

Ecological

  • Birds mostly hunkered down on the ground today.
  • Some sea lions surfing in the large waves.

Maintenance

  • All basic daily chores completed.

Boats

  • No boats seen in the reserve.

The Advancement Team

Weather

  • Visibility: 15+ miles
  • Wind: 10-15 NE
  • Sky: clear
  • Water: rippled
  • The first of three storms is expected to arrive tonight, bringing rain and wind.
  • A rather calm day though, with exquisite views of Mt. Baker!

Ecological

  • The elephant seals were in a playful mood today.

Maintenance

  • Reset the electric fence.
  • Stacked firewood.
  • Ran the new sea water pump into the cistern with Kyle’s help.
  • Looked at probably a dozen different systems and areas of concern with Kyle.
  • As ready as possible for the storm.

Boats

  • Second Nature brought the Advancement Team out today.
  • The Ogden Point Dive boat was in Middle Channel.
  • A few fishing boats and eco-tours passed by.

Visitors

  • Kyle and the Advancement Team.
  • The A’ Team is in charge of raising funds for Pearson College and Race Rocks.