20 June 2009

Redwing for sale in Saskatoon

Saskatoon? And what the hell is with all of these Redwings for sale? This one looks like Hull #51, built in 1968. Pretty cool. Some unique additions/edits, especially in the cabin. And it has a steering wheel!

14 June 2009

11. Bridal Brunch Sail

Alli had bridal party brunch and dress shopping with the girls, so Dan and I went sailing. Then, when the girls were through, we picked up Allison and went out for a bunch more sailing...

12 June 2009

A Redwing for sale in Canada

Yet another Redwing for sale. This one is way up in Vancouver, far from Redwing's hometown Ontario.

06 June 2009

Clams return to Great South Bay

It's less a return than a regeneration, but we'll take it. The following whole article was taken from here. Thanks Nature Conservancy!

Carl LoBue from the Conservancy’s Long Island program presented another phenomenal success story about bringing back clam populations in Great South Bay.

Great South Bay once produced more than one-half the clams eaten in the United States, but over-harvesting reduced clam populations to trace levels. The loss of the water filtration provided by thousands of acres of clams led to out-of-balance plankton populations with serious impacts to seagrass and other species. In 2004, the Conservancy acquired 13,000 acres of underwater land in Great South Bay and has worked closely with local communities to develop thoughtful and adaptive clam restoration strategies. It’s working!

Carl and company intercepted clams harvested from nearby estuaries that were on the way to market, purchased them, and relocated over 3 million of them onto the 13,400 acres of submerged lands owned by the Conservancy. The adult clams were placed into a network of carefully selected “spawner sanctuaries” covering approximately 50 acres. A critical interim measure of success for reclamation of the bay was to increase juvenile clam density from near-zero to five juvenile clams per square meter.

Carl’s presentation unveiled the latest survey results: 5,000 acres met or exceeded the interim target density, and about 320 million baby clams are estimated to have settled on Conservancy property as well as adjacent public property. Each adult clam can filter up to one gallon of water per day…one female clam can release up to 6.3 million eggs each year.

So what’s going to happen next? Suffice to say that about 3 million parent clams helped make over 300 million babies and Great South Bay is on track to being great again. And some bonus good news: Preliminary indications from the Sound this spring suggest that without harvest pressure (and at high-enough densities), clams may be more resilient to algal blooms and predation than they previously have been given credit for.

01 June 2009

Happy Birthday Mr Masefield

John Masefield's birthday today!

"Let no religious rite be done or read
In any place for me when I am dead,
But burn my body into ash, and scatter
The ash in secret into running water,
Or on the windy down, and let none see;
And then thank God that there’s an end of me."