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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Newsletter: Between the Tides: March 2010

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Newsletter: Between the Tides: March 2010

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Published by Sabrina Brennan
The large tidepool sculpture being planned for the reserve has been canceled.

The County was considering having an outdoor sculpture representing the marine life in the high, mid- and low-tide zones constructed and placed near the access ramp from the parking lot. Following several public meetings, the County has decided to not move forward with the sculpture.

It was to be funded in part through a grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Funds from that grant have been redirected to support the Seal Cove Stairway Replacement and Interpretive Signage projects.
The large tidepool sculpture being planned for the reserve has been canceled.

The County was considering having an outdoor sculpture representing the marine life in the high, mid- and low-tide zones constructed and placed near the access ramp from the parking lot. Following several public meetings, the County has decided to not move forward with the sculpture.

It was to be funded in part through a grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Funds from that grant have been redirected to support the Seal Cove Stairway Replacement and Interpretive Signage projects.

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March 2010
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Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Projects Update
Editor’s Note: 
As we reported in the April 2009 issue o Between the ides, the San Mateo County Depart-ment o Parks has a number o projects going on at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Friends o Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Vice President om Ciotti got us this status update rom Dave Holland, Director o the Department o Par 
s. — JK 
Tidepool Sculpture
Te County was considering having an outdoor sculpture representing themarine lie in the high, mid- and low-tide zones constructed and placed near theaccess ramp rom the parking lot. Following several public meetings, the County has decided to not move orward with the sculpture.It was to be unded in part through a grant rom the National Marine Sanc-tuary Foundation. Funds rom that grant have been redirected to support the SealCove Stairway Replacement and Interpretive Signage projects (discussed below).
Seal Cove Stairway Replacement 
Te Seal Cove Stairway connects the blu to Seal Cove Beach and is a very popular access point used by neighbors, visitors and docents leading groups o students. Tis approximately 160-oot trail access improvement project will reha-bilitate and replace an existing staircase thatis in very poor condition. Te top section o the stairway will have ty-two 5-oot-wideredwood steps with 4’-10” stainless steel hand-rails. Tere will be a two-oot shoulder on thecut side and three-oot shoulder on the ll side.Landings will occur ater each o two sectionso nineteen stairs. A ve-oot-wide gravel walk- way will bring the visitor to another sectiono thirty-eight stairs. Midway along the gravel walkway will be a ten-oot by ten-oot redwood viewing platorm that will allow visitors to admire views o the beach.Construction documents have been prepared, permits have been secured,and the project has been bid and awarded. Te bid award was or $239,000 andconstruction began in January 2010. Needed unding to complete this project wassecured rom the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation grant originally intendedor the idepool Sculpture.
Te large sculpture being planned or the reserve has been canceled.Te Seal Cove access trail will undergo improvements that include wider stairs, railings, landings, and interpretive signage. Midway along the gravel walkway will be a ten-oot by ten-oot redwood viewing  platorm that will allow visitors to admire views o the beach
 
Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
P.O. Box 669Moss Beach, CA 94038Phone: 650.728.3584 www.tzgeraldreserve.org
 Advisory Board:
Dr. Jean DemoutheDr. John E. McCosker Jan RolettoDr. Mary Wicksten
Board of Directors:
 John Albers-MeadRobert BreenLinda Ciottiom Ciotti,
Vice President 
Mary DeLongDenise DowsettEllen Gartside,
President 
Kelly Huber Jenna Kinghorn,
Newsletter Editor 
Pam LarkinSarah LenzDr. om NiesenHope Suchsland,
reasurer 
Our Mission:
o inspire the preservation o ourunique intertidal environmentthrough education and thesupport o research.
Saturday April 24th
— 9 a.m. to Noon: Join us or our annual Earth Day Beach Clean-up at Surer’s Beach in El Granada. Meet on the west side o the intersection o Coronado Streetand Highway One. (urn east at the trac lightand park on Obispo Rd.) All ages welcome.
Saturday May 16th
— 7:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m.: Learn all about Marvelous Molluscs atthis Family Fun Day. We’ll explore molluscanatomy and adaptations, learn how dier-ent animals eed, gure out where shells comerom, and get insights into the amazing liveso octopus and squid, then search or molluscsin the tidepools. Open to kids 8 - 14 with ac-companying adult(s). SPACE IS LIMIEDand REGISRAION REQUIRED by May 1— email: slenz@co.sanmateo.ca.us and providenames and ages o your party members. Meet atthe FMR ranger station.
Saturday June 5th
— 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Join us or our World Ocean Day Beach Clean-up at Surer’s Beach in El Granada. Meet onthe ocean side o the intersection o CoronadoStreet and Highway One. (urn east at the tra-c light and park on Obispo Rd.) All ages wel-come.
Tursday July 15th
— 7:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m: Breakast at the Reserve. Enjoy coee andmuns while you learn about the eeding strat-egies and anatomical adaptations o intertidalcreatures. Ten roam the tidepools during agreat low tide to nd the animals you’ve learnedabout.
Saturday September 25th
— 9 a.m. toNoon: Join us or our annual Caliornia CoastalCleanup Day Beach Cleanup at Surer’s Beachin El Granada. Meet on the ocean side o theintersection o Coronado Street and Highway One. (urn east at the trac light and park onObispo Rd.) All ages welcome.
Editor’s Note 
:
Due to uncooperative low tides,FFMR has cancelled Junior Rangers Day Camp or 2010.
Calendar o 2010 Events
Te ollowing are FREE activities or the whole amily. Tese events are open tothe public, so encourage your riends and neighbors to come along. Check our web site orcontact Ranger Sarah Lenz at (650)728-3584 or slenz@co.sanmateo.ca.us or more inor-mation. Some activities have a limited number o participants; be sure to register early!
Family Fun Days give parents and kids a chance to have un together.During a Family Fun Day in 2009,we learned All About Algae — we even tasted it! In 2010, we’ll learn about Marvelous  Molluscs and then search or the animals we’ve learned about in the tidepools.
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Te graph displayed acrossthe page bottoms showstides or 2/8/10 to 9/5/10. Where the date appearsis midnight. Te rees areaccessible or exploring only during low tides. See: www.itzgeraldreserve.org/resourc-es.html and click on “high andlow tides,” or a more detailedtide chart. Note: the lowesttides this period are:
-.81 2/26 2:53 pm-.76 4/1 6:58 am-1.30 4/29 5:54 am-1.37 5/16 7:01 am-1.39 5/28 5:41 am-1.62 6/13 6:03 am-1.47 7/12 5:44 am-1.01 8/9 4:38 am
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Night tidepoolers ound many types o barnacles.Sea anemones seemed to glow with aninner radiance under night tidepoolers'  ashlight beams.
One Enchanted Evening
by Richard Lau
On December 17, 2009, Friends o Fitzgerald Marine Reserve held its biggest-evernighttime tidepool tour. Over sixty volunteers,docents, and members o the public shared this wonderul experience.Te evening weather turned out perector tidepooling: clear, not too chilly, and startingo with a beautiul sunset. Beore olks headeddown to the beach, we were treated to warm bev-erages, tasty snacks and pleasant conversation.On our walk down to the tidepools, wepassed several harbor seals who kept a watchuleye while we respectully lowered our voices andgave them their space. As regular tidepoolers know, the variety o lie in the intertidal is incredible. We saw barna-cles (volcano, buckshot, acorn, and gooseneck),anemones (starburst, giant green, moonglow,and aggregated), mussels, chitons, limpets, andturban shell snails. Algae were well representedby sea palms, encrusting coralline algae, branch-ing algae, sea lettuce, and sur grass.Te sea stars in the tidepools rivaled thosein the sky. We saw a rainbow o bat stars andlarge ochre sea stars in orange and purple. Oursharp-eyed docent pointed out a tiny six-ray seastar, enabling us to spot several others during thenight.Kelp crabs and rock crabs were also ingood attendance, and hermit crabs seemed par-ticularly active. We saw bright green and blue broken-back shrimps, purple sea urchins, numeroussculpin, and even a large white nudibranch! Wealso ound a top snail shell and an abalone shell.Tere was a strong eeling o community among the human participants. It was uplit-ing that so many people were interested in thenatural surroundings and are striving to keep itprotected. Plus many pairs o eyes can spot morethan one pair can. More than once, tidepoolers were almost led to their soggy doom with sirencries o, “Come look what I ound!”It’s because o the sharp eyes o our el-low tidepoolers that we witnessed the real treatso the evening. One lady spotted a rock prickle-back, an eel-like sh, that was nearly a oot long. Another ound a little whitetubeworm. A photographerdisplayed an enlarged view o a dwar sea cucumber on theviewscreen o his camera.However, what madethe evening really special wasthe literal walk-on cameo o a reddish-orange octopus. Itactually climbed out o the water and crawled acrossrocks and seaweed, showingo its stretchy sucker-stud-ded tentacles and remarkably fexible body or several min-utes. It was a truly spectacu-lar sight!More than threemonths have passed, but I’mcertain I’m not the only one who retains vivid memorieso our night tidepooling ex-perience. A big thank you toco-organizers Ranger SarahLenz and Jenna Kinghorn,and all o the volunteer natu-ralists who made this eventpossible!
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 A highlight o the evening was this reddish-orange octopus which climbed out o the water and crawled across rock and seaweed, showing o its stretchy sucker-studded tentacles.Purple sea urchins and pink coralline algae showed up well under our ashlight beams.Te sea stars in the tidepools rivaled those in the sky.
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