Bears and Barnacles: The Land - Sea Connection
Why make a list of all the birds and mammals that depend on the Salish Sea? Joe Gaydos explains. (1:18)
Part 2: Why has this never been done before?
In Part 3, Joe talks about:
- the challenges in assembling the list,
- how it can help scientists (including SeaDoc's own Dr. Nacho Vilchis),
- how the list indicates when and how heavily different species use the ecosystem,
- how they tracked down citations for each and every species, and how fox and beaver have been shown to use the intertidal zones.
At about minute 4:30 Joe talks about how the tidal marsh beavers not only use the marine resources, but also contribute to the health of salmon populations. Pretty interesting stuff.
Click to see a picture of a beaver dam in the Skagit River delta.
Get the Checklist
We've created a printable checklist of all the bird and mammal species that depend on the Salish Sea.
You can print the checklist on two sides of a single sheet of paper and take it with you on your travels.
Read the scientific paper
Click here to go to the citation page where you can download the scientific paper.
Big thanks to Jim Braswell for sharing his extraordinary images. Please visit Jim's nature photography site at http://www.showmenaturephotography.com where you can see more of his photographs and learn about his photography & photo editing workshops.
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