November 7, 2020
Location: Long Beach
Observers: Dan Varland, Alex Lauber, Jake Burroughs, Glenn Marquardt, and Nick Dunlop
Stuck! Our survey got sidelined when two vehicles, mine on the right and
Nick Dunlop's on the left, settled into the sand. George Hill photo.
Jake Burrows and I try to dig ourselves out... to no avail. Glenn Marquardt
After a phone call George Hill (Hill Auto Body & Towing) came to our rescue
from 12 miles further south in Ocean Park (we counted our lucky stars that
George was available!). Glenn Marquardt photo.
George posted our misadventure on YouTube. If you want to watch the fun,
from the YouTube search bar, type in "Busiest day ever 16 hours". George's
rescue begins 5 minutes into the 17 minute video. George Hill photo.
Only one other time was the survey vehicle stuck so thoroughly that we required
professional help to extract ourselves, and that was on the Grayland beach on
July 17, 1999. Dianna Moore photo.
The 1999 misadventure ended a rescue vehicle, driving from Westport. Whew!
Dianna Moore photo.
Date: October 30, 2020
Location: Ocean Shores
Observers: Dan Varland, Leigh Calvez, and Dave Murnen
Peregrine Falcon with visual identification band 35/B. Coastal Raptors banded
this falcon as a first-year female on October 30, 2018. Today marks two years
to the day of her capture and banding. A two-year old now, she's been resighted
46 times since banding day (in all seasons and all on the Ocean Shores study
area). Dan Varland photo.
Bald Eagle with visual ID band M/Z. We banded this eagle as an adult female
on April 20, 2018. She's been resighted 69 times since then and, like Peregrine
Falcon 35/B, in all seasons and always on the Ocean Shores study area. Dan
Dave Murnen with a first-year male Peregrine Falcon that we captured for
banding and tissue sampling. Dan Varland photo.
Unfortunately, I put the visual ID band upside down! This
was just the second time in 25 years that I had made this
mistake! The band will appear right-side up to the falcon...
if only he could read! Dan Varland photo.