MEP Number Three!

Tidepooling in beautiful Fort Ross Cove. Photo by Charon Vilnai

 

On Monday, March 26th, FRC Instructors Charon Vilnai and Hank Birnbaum completed our 3rd Marine Ecology Program of the year! A great return group from Point Arena Elementary with the wonderful teacher, Cristin Allen. We loved our time spent with this group of sweet and inquisitive parents and kids. The harbor seal watching is always a big hit, as well as getting hands on with all the small, yet abundant, life in the Rocky Intertidal Zone. Interested in learning more about our Marine Ecology Program? Contact Director of Programs, Song Hunter at songh@fortross.org


Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Anemone {Corynactis californica}

Corallimorphs are not true anemones. The most obvious difference is that their tentacles end in knobs (club-tipped tentacles). Corallimorphs are also very similar to corals in some other characters, but lack the hard coral skeleton. This species is often found in groups, with individuals up to 2 cm long or even more (photo) (average height and diameter is 1 cm). May be colored red, crimson, pink, purple, pale blue, lavender, brown, orange, buff, or nearly white. There are no other anemone-like species in our area with club-tipped tentacles. - Walla Walla University

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Welcome!

Photo by Song Hunter

Welcome to the Fort Ross Conservancy Blog!  We hope you enjoy this collection of observations made the dedicated and enthusiastic staff.  Each one of us is a passionate naturalist, finding joy, beauty and importance in every moment we get to spend outdoors here at the park and the surrounding Sonoma County.