Exploring the Estuary
An estuary has three necessary components, fresh and saltwater sources, and a physical barrier between it and the open ocean. In Morro Bay National Estuary, students will go birding to observe the marine and terrestrial birds of the bay, examine marine invertebrates, and observe marine mammals, while exploring the Salt Marsh and Mudflats, the and the rocky shores of the harbor mouth. We will Kayak to the Sand spit for exploration of the dunes and beaches, and visit the oyster farms in the back-bay. Students will learn to read tide charts, and learn how the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon effect tide cycles. They wil understand the interconnections between our coastal watersheds and the estuary, and how our coastal topography and the estuary are affected by the processes of erosion, transportation, and deposition. Students will also come to understand the importance of California’ Estuaries in sustaining life in the open ocean, and how human behavior can impact the health of the estuary.
Mon. Introduction to Estuaries: Salt Marsh, Mudflats, and Natural History Museum.
Tues. The Search for Estuary Invertebrates: Scavenger Hunt by Kayak.
Wed. Estuary Overview @ Black Hill, Shore & Dive Birding for local and migrating birds.
Thurs. Kayaking to the Sand Spit and Breakwater Beaches, Marine Arts & Crafts.
Fri. Kayak to Oyster Farm, visit National Estuary Program Exhibit, Belly Biology.
June 17-21, 2013
Registration Fee: $300.00