Their task for the day was to complete the annual survey of beach slope and intertidal life, which includes algae and invertebrates on the Olympic Beach. They did this for several years. “It requires very low tide,” said Jonathan Robinson, Snohomish Beach Watchers program coordinator. “We also survey Mukilteo, Picnic Point, Howarth Park, Edgewater and Kayak Point beaches each year. Each survey takes us three to four hours.
Instruments used for elevation readings are a rod resembling an oversized measuring stick and a carrying tool used in conjunction with a rod. The transit tool is used in surveying and is similar to a telescope.
To be consistent, measurements are taken from the same starting point each year, which is a bench along the path just up the beach. A transect line was placed at 0 ft tide level and algal and invertebrate samples were collected along this line.
They were able to finish before the worst of the weather hit; although they were “a little wet,” Robinson said.
— Story and photos by Julia Wiese
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