On the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend, Jane and students Qi, Summer, Lauren, Angeline and Loren checked out the beaches for birds and marine debris. Expecting to see hundreds of Cassin’s Auklets (a lone Pacific Loon, that’s it) they turned their attention to other beach curiosities. Here’s a look:
Domestic dog print. But wait! How do we know it’s not a coyote? Two front toes (and nails) are spread far apart (coyotes’ nails nearly touch).
Hoof print. Most force on forward (leading) edge.
Larid (gull) print. Bird is walking towards the top of the photo.
American Crow foot. Toes are segmented. With fast movement, nails catch in the sand, extending straight lines from front toes.
Three-toed Shorebird. So tiny!
Hey volunteers, check out Enzo the Magnificent, one of our four legged citizen scientists featured in the newest edition of “Just Labs” magazine! Enzo’s owners have trained him to patrol the beach to find birds during their surveys, and he’s even rescued an injured Rhinoceros Auklet which was then rehabbed and released into the wild! Just goes to show, anyone can become a COASSTer!!