Throwback: In June, Kevin and Caroline built buoy sampling stations out of rope and cinderblocks in anticipation of intense field work later in the summer. We also launched the zodiac to explore several quiet coves in the Bras d'Or Lake. Back at our camp site, there was a family of geese and we watch the goslings grow larger day by day.
A couple weeks ago Kevin and Caroline took a day off to explore around the Highland National Park. We got to see a bog and to hike the headland with a stunning view of the sea! It seemed like there were a lot of Quebecois who were vacationing in Cape Breton.
We celebrated Caroline's graduation from university with Dolly and Laurie over a delicious lobster dinner. In the field, we wondered if the YSI should be an marine ecologist's official tool-of-trade. At the camp, we have been making preparations for experiments in July and August.
Kevin and Caroline continue their exploration of Cape Breton Island and prepare for field experiments later this summer. Along the way, they combed beaches for shells and spoke with many friendly locals including lobster harvesters in Alder Point and Big Bras d'Or.
Kevin can now take some scenic photos while Caroline drives because she is now quite comfortable driving the Jeep on highways and rural roads! Last week, we made a trip back to the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, Quebec, to pick up to zodiac and to take the boat safety course. Once we returned to our field sites on Cape Breton Island, we get some duck-visitors quacking around us.
Après avoir récupéré le zodiac à l’Institut Maurice-Lamontagne la semaine passée, nous sommes de retour en terres néo-écossaises. Lors de notre sortie sur le terrain, nous avons reçu la visite d’un couple de canards et Caroline s’est faite superviser dans son travail à la maison par le nouveau voisin : le pygargue à tête blanche.
Rabbits are shy creatures and they make an appearance usually in the early mornings. For the past several days, we have been busy analysing over 300 samples with the microscope and cleaning just as many settlement plates.
Quelques photos de notre travail de la semaine : analyse, lavage et séchage des plaques utilisées pour collecter les larves d’invertébrés. Nous avons également vu notre premier lapin de l’été!
We travelled about 3600 km since we departed Quebec for Nova Scotia. This weekend we visited the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax to take measurements of about 600 samples that were collected last year.
Petite escapade à Halifax pour terminer notre première semaine de travail en beauté. Au programme : arrêt à l’Institut océanographique de Bedford puis temps libre pour profiter de la ville.
Most of our time was spent driving, packing, and unpacking. But we finally made it to Cape Breton Island on Monday! On Wednesday, we had the chance to drive around the island to check out what is out there. Amazingly, there were ctenophores (comb jellies) in the water!
Premiers jours de travail sur l’île du Cap-Breton! Nous avons commencé par installer notre nouveau laboratoire avant de partir à l’aventure autour du lac Bras d’Or. Nous avons même trouvé des cténophores en bonus!
Kevin Ma and Caroline Potvin are off to Cape Breton Island to study marine invertebrates in the Bras d'Or Lake. This blog chronicles the adventures during the summer of 2014.