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A DAY IN THE LIFE AS RACE ROCKS ECOGUARDIAN

Hello from Race Rocks

Current Ecoguardians Mara and Kai recently shared with us not only their favourite Race Rocks photos from the past months, but also gave us an impression of what life looks like as the sole two humans on an ecological reserve.
Every day at 6am, weather conditions have to be reported to the Pedder Bay Marina: Visibility, wind speed and direction, sea state, and sky conditions.
Battery maintenance: The lead acid battery bank that stores all of our electricity requires regular fluid level checks and fluid gravity readings.

Salinity and sea water temperature collected daily for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) at peak flood current. This data has been collected for decades and is an important resource in tracking slow changes over time.

Grounds maintenance: removing invasive species, collecting any trash that washes into the rocks, or is brought to the island by birds, cleaning gutters, drains, paths, pressure washing.

Clean solar panels as needed with collected rain water. These panels get extremely dirty during gull season!

Tracking/counting vessels inside the reserve, and also any visitors to the island (the latter is required by BC parks).

Watching for boating violations, wildlife violations, injured animals, migrating animals, interesting animal behaviors: photograph and report as appropriate.

Weekly animal census: Counting every mammal and bird within the reserve from the lighthouse. Using a spotting scope, binoculars, and sometimes even regular  camera, Mara and Kai counted over 700 gulls in mid July.

Pigeon guillemots breaking into breeding pairs and nesting in the rocky crevices.
Oyster catcher nest. Note how they build their nests from small stones and shells!
‘Entanglement’ injuries are unfortunately common. Anything that forms a loop (fishing line, packing bands, etc.) can get stuck around the neck of an animal and slowly injures them as it grows.
If you want to see more recent images from Race Rocks, check them out on our Flickr page and find more interesting bits of information from our Ecoguardians Mara and Kai.