Greetings from my cubicle —
This past week with the Kirby and Hearst students was amazing! The weather was ideal fall conditions; hot during the day (86degrees at the beach) and cool at night. The sky was clear with a little breeze out of the east and south which slowly throughout the day switched to a west wind. Very calm. The seas were rising throughout the week with a mix of south and west north west swells. Today (sunday) the seas are at 15 to 20 feet (wave height!) at the outside buoy’s. The famous Maverick’s wave is breaking right now!
The students were the senses of the forest throughout the week. Many sightings are noted below for this weeks hot spot. But it is important to emphasize that the forest and beaches are alive during this time. The deer are in rut which means that the males have their antlers and they are very active at this time (5th grade explanation). The water in the creeks are low so the animals are coming closer to the river, which means they are closer to camp. The migration of shorebirds and raptors is also exciting. Whales were seen off the coast by students this week and monarch butterflies were spotted at the marsh. This is the season to be aware and greatful. The students did an amazing job being the senses of the forest and below is the list that we compiled this week: