Trying to figure out which bird you spotted while visiting the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington? By Karisa Boyce
Beach goers come to the Long Beach Peninsula for many reasons, one of those being the abundance of wildlife. Many species of coastal birds live, work, and play on Long Beach. This guide will help you identify the wonderful winged creatures you may see while you visit the peninsula.
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis
One bird that we see prevalently on the Long Beach Peninsula year round is the Western Gull. You can see them feeding on crabs and fish that have washed up on shore. These birds live all along the west coast from Baja, Mexico to British Columbia in Canada. Western Gulls can be seen inland as well.
Adults have large white heads with gray wings while first winter juveniles are muddled with mostly dark brown and gray coloration. It takes approximately four years for Western Gulls to gain their full plumage of feathers.
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia
Here is a bird that from a distance could be easily mistaken for the Western Gull because Caspian Terns can also be found in large groups with the gulls. Western Gulls are predators of Caspian Tern chicks. There are major differences in coloration as they have large reddish-orange beaks that sometimes have black tips. Full grown adults have black caps with shallow forked tails. Juvenile Caspian Terns are also camouflaged with gray and brown.
The large population of Caspian Terns on the Long Beach Peninsula may be attributed to their largest breeding grounds being located on an artificial island on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. There are more than 6,000 breeding pairs that meet annually on the island and have been known to live for as long as 29 years.
Tufted Puffin - Fratercula cirrhata
Tufted Puffins can be uncommonly seen in April through September as they spend the winter at sea. These endangered birds nest on island cliffs along Alaska to Southern California coast lines and can dig burrows up to 6 feet deep.
You know you have spotted a Tufted Puffin when you see a crow-sized bird with a stocky large head on a black body and a white face with long golden plumes around the head and neck. A non-breeding adult has a dark gray face with no head plumes or bill plate.
Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocoephalus
Young Bald Eagles have distinctly different color patterns than a full grown adult eagle. The Juveniles are brown with brown and white muddled wings. The large adult birds have a dark brown body with a white head, hence its name the Bald Eagle. It takes 4 to 5 years for the transition from birth to sexually mature adult.
Bald Eagles are present on the beach. You may see them perched on a pole, a high branch, or on the beach itself, and they appreciate space. While Bald Eagles are scavengers they will eat anything from garbage to mammals, waterfowl, and gulls with fish being their main course.
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis
The Brown Pelican is endangered in the state of Washington. These majestic creatures can be seen diving into the ocean from heights of 65 feet in the air. The Brown Pelican is a very large bird similar in size to that of a goose. They use their long bills and expanding throats to catch fish. Their broad wings are bowed while in flight as they glide through the air.
An immature Brown Pelican is brown and grey in color with pale or white breast and belly. The sexually mature adult will present with a yellow head and white neck. When they are breeding, Brown Pelicans have a dark reddish-brown coloration present on the back and sides of their necks.
Killdeers or Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius vociferus
You are most likely to spot this bird because Killdeers nest in places where people frequent. The small birds have a short, black bill with distinctive black double neck rings with coloration that is consistent year round. Juveniles have only one ring around their necks.
Common Murre - Uria aalge
While the Common Murre can be found in Washington state year round, the bird breeds in island off the Oregon and Washington coast. They look similar to penguins, with black and white coloration along with a long black pointed beak.
The Ocean Blue team found over 100 birds washed up on shore on the Long Beach Peninsula during July and August in 2019. University of Washington is doing an ongoing investigation into the high number of deaths that Common Murre populations are experiencing in recent years.
Have you seen any birds in southwest Washington that did not make it on this list? Let us know so we can add it to the list! Reach out to email@example.com.
San Francisco based branch of Wells Fargo clean up Ocean Beach with man’s best friend. By Karisa Boyce
Some participants of the Create a Cleanup program choose to donate to Ocean Blue and become Annual Corporate Members. Wells Fargo of San Francisco is just one of the many businesses doing just that. This donation supports beach cleanups in the Bay Area as well as the Blue Schools Program that educates and inspires youth of all ages to be beach stewards.
In July 2019, Wells Fargo Asset Management employees took time out of their busy day to meet at Ocean Beach for a cleanup! Employees and one dog collected several large compostable bags full of debris, both land and marine-based. A new dart board game was found amongst the rubbish left on the beach. Without this amazing team of beach stewards, this debris would have made its way out to the ocean to become food for marine animals.
A special thank you to the San Francisco Wells Fargo Asset Management department employee, Julie Parker, who made this cleanup effort possible!
To learn more about Ocean Blue Memberships and Blue Beaches Projects, visit OceanBlueProject.org or reach out to Karisa@oceanblueproject.org. More information about how plastic is harming birds, and how much plastic is floating in our Ocean.
Blog by Dr. Robert Glatter - 2 min Read.
We have created desired living conditions by building grand houses, cities, and have raised our demands for wooden materials that has threatened our forests. Logging activities are on the increase, and little emphasis are made in making these forests regain their initial stage in a few years by replanting of trees. These we can curtail by making sure governments of countries which depend on logging for revenue generation are prepared to follow due process and made to embark on afforestation to maintain the carbon cycle and also prevent wind disasters which these forests prevent. The only solution to deforestation is planting more and more trees.
We are facing emissions from our industrialized world and automobiles. All these constitute the reduction of the ozone layer in the atmosphere. They are the major cause of global warming, and they have also reduced the volume of earth essential components. We can mitigate and address these by making sure hydrocarbon emissions are regulated. Biofuels have to be encouraged by all stakeholders in the industries, including governments.
Air Pollution comes from energy utilize so, we have to devote more of our energies towards renewable energies, most of them are eco-friendly. We have to make sure we hold our governments and multinational companies accountable for our environmental degradation. Efforts should be done towards researches and best solutions for decreasing climate change. Fossils should be moderately used, and automobiles should be built with lower emissions of hydrocarbons to help reduce the harmful effects on the atmosphere. Global warming is also increasing due to air pollution day by day. Scientists point out climate change as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. The rise in carbon dioxide is the main cause of increase in global warming.
DOES SMOKING CAUSE AIR POLLUTION?
Smoking is a major cause of air pollution. Environmental cigarette smoke (ETS) eliminate fine particulate matter, which is the most hazardous element of air pollution for health. The smoke emitted by cigarettes is 10 times greater than diesel car exhaust. While the dangers of smoking are clear, the best way to quit is not. In fact, People are moving towards electronic cigarettes that is the best alternative to cigarette smoking as it doesn't eliminate any toxic or harmful smoke that cause air pollution.
Excessive use of plastic:
Almost everything comes in plastic packaging now. Items on sale in shops are mostly packaged in plastic containers. Statistically, the food packaging accounts for nearly 70% of all household trash and waste that eventually end up in landfills. The problem is that plastics are a significant pollutant to the environment due to their inability to degrade quickly and naturally. This means that as more and more plastics end up being dumped in landfills, decomposition takes place, thus adding no value on earth and polluting the environment. Plastic contains many harmful elements in it that can severely affect our environment. These chemicals also cause suffocation in air, and thus, many respiratory can occur too.
Improper disposal of batteries and ink:
Household batteries contain massive amount of traces of mercury and other toxic chemicals that are damaging wildlife and sea life, when they accumulate and leak into ecosystems due to excessive disposal. Ink cartridges, on the other hand, have a more toxic effect on the environment when not disposed of correctly.
Face wash is hazardous to the environment:
People use face washes that mostly contain plastic microbeads, which are being termed by researchers as a severe environmental problem. The beads are not filtered during sewage treatment due to their small size. When they released into water bodies, they are swallowed by fish and other marine animals which harm their health and could harm their organs or damage their gills. These harmful beads also destroy the animal’s internal systems as they are made with the purpose of scrubbing. It is the beads abrasive nature that is damaging to aquatic animals.
Use of pesticides is increasing day by day for the betterment of growth. Pesticide contaminated land and water when it escapes from production sites and storage tanks, when it runs off from fields, and when it is sprayed aerially. Some pesticides are the cause of global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. Ozone layer depletion is causing the main harm and danger to our atmosphere and environment, and thus, our environment is being destroyed.
The environmental impact of paint is astonishing. Traditional painting materials can have severe harmful effects on the environment, including those from the use of lead and other harmful additives. Lead causes an adverse impact on the environment, and measures can be taken to reduce environmental impact. Use such paints, coatings, painting accessories and techniques that are environment friendly.
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2 Minute Read: Published by Karisa Boyce 07/24/2019
Women around the world are known as the caretakers of our natural resources and the environment. Today, women are encouraged and motivated to take it all on, both at home and in the workplace.
Just as we see injustices happening to the Ocean, we see inequities for women in the workplace. AWE, Advancing Women Executives, a mission-driven training and development company that creates equity and economic growth in the workplace, has taken their drive to the beach in hopes of a cleaner Ocean.
This July, AWE employees met at Venice Fishing Pier to clean one of California’s most frequented beaches. Through Ocean Blue’s Create a Cleanup program this admirable team led their very own beach cleanup effort.
On what may seem on the surface to be a fairly clean beach, the women were able to find an enormous amount of tiny pieces of debris hidden in the sand.
AWE also supports clean beaches as an Ocean Blue Corporate Annual Member. This company is leading the way as an example for businesses to give back and save the ocean.
AWE is changing the culture of work, making it more profitable, and are doing their part to take care of our one world Ocean. Through interactive training, focused coaching, well-curated events, and a robust network, AWE accelerates the careers of underrepresented professionals.
In 2018 alone, 27% of AWE clients were promoted. AWE partnered with over 1000 women from Fortune 500 companies and have trained an additional 20,000 employees on topics like professional branding, communication skills, and executive presence
To learn more about Ocean Blue Memberships and Blue Beaches Projects, visit OceanBlueProject.org or reach out to Karisa@oceanblueproject.org
Photos of the group cleanup are below!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared an “Unusual Mortality Event” in response to recent massive Gray Whale deaths on the U.S. West Coast. By Karisa Boyce
While this emergency declaration sounds like scary news it is good news for our Gray Whale friends who have been perishing at an alarming rate. Now that the feds are calling an emergency for these mysterious whale deaths, researchers will be able to dive deep into the root cause of the mortalities.
With 70 Gray Whales washing up on the beaches of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, we are witnessing the highest number of deaths in almost 20 years. Considering that they will usually sink to the ocean floor, the 70 who have washed up account for only a 10 percent fraction of the total number of emaciated whales.
Typically, we will see an average of 15 deaths within the first 5 months of the year. The current hypothesis of the cause of whale die-off is that warming oceans are leading to a shortage in food supply.
Not only are juvenile, male, and female whales dying in unusually large numbers, emaciated whales are being found in parts of the ocean where they are not typically found. Scientists believe that the whales are wandering in search of food.
Another theory is based on the idea that we’re seeing more whales washing up simply because there are more whales now than there have been in years past. With higher population, it would make sense that there would be a higher number of dead whales.
The 50 foot long mammals can weigh up to 70,000 pounds and live for 70 years. Whaling ships hunted the iconic creatures in the 1800s until their numbers dwindled to roughly 1,000 to 2,000.
It was not until 1972 that Gray Whales became protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act signed by U.S. President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, harpooned whales were made into dog food in the U.S.
The protection that was put in place in 1972 has helped Gray Whales make a comeback to approximately 27,000. Despite the logic behind the second theory, we also need to keep in mind that other species are experiencing mass die-off.
Large flocks of Common Murres recently washed up on the Mendocino coastline in northern California. We do not know if there is a relation between the deaths of the two West Coast species, though we hope that researchers take this factor into consideration while looking into Gray Whale deaths.
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Bishop Robert Barron says damage from fire at Notre Dame Cathedral is overwhelming by Richard Arterbury
Notre Dame Cathedral is among some most remindful structures of Paris and its turbulent history. it's conjointly one among the foremost noted cathedrals within the world. In Notre Dame’s long history, its involvement enclosed coronations, destruction's and diverse alterations of its style. This fascinating religion structure by all accounts is in the world and of the birthplace of Paris, and its distinctive style, fascinating as its history is, narrates the story of Christianity through its shaping and most vital stages in time.
The construction of Notre Dame - one among the leading masterpieces of the Gothic - started in 1163, and is believed to be completed in 1345 in its original kind. However, wear and tear and frequent restorations modified the initial look quite bit. the best harm (does this sound familiar?) was inflicted throughout the revolution (1789 – 1799), that preceded the massive scale restoration within the nineteenth century that inaugurated its gift look.
The harm caused throughout the Revolution was thus grave that even the utter demolition was thought-about. once impending danger ceased, Notre Dame was a stage of the foremost necessary enthronement in its history; full general was topped the Emperor in 1804. What an understatement that one among the leading folks of the Revolution, that aimed to revoke the rank among alternative goals, all over up as AN emperor. one or two of centuries back, throughout the Hundred Years War, a people king Henry VI was topped the French king, in 1422. He was the controversial king of France till 1453, once the Hundred Years War was delivered to AN finish.
Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Notre Dame DE Paris’, that underlined the necessity for preservation of such majestic study gem, greatly influenced the nineteenth century renovation.
Ocean Blue has full respect for the climate change efforts of Paris and this is heart breaking for our world history that stood strong for over 850 year's old.