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Friday, March 26, 2010

Day 15- Last day :( Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

Weather: Rain/Snow/Wind
Temperature: 30s

Keji Seaside Adjunct in the Snow

Well despite the earlier weather forecast looking a little foreboding we all decided we wanted to go out and explore the seaside adjunct of Keji on our last day. It did rain and then turn into snow and we were told that our team was the first team in Nova Scotia to be out in the snow for an expedition... what an honor :)
Map of Keji

We were hoping to find some porcupine, moose and maybe some seals but everywhere we walked, it was barren. In fact they call it the barrens because its such an exposed coastline. Exposed it was, it was super windy and the snow was whipping within it. There was not much there in terms of offering protection.

The Coastline

Harbour Rocks @ Joli Head

We walked to the area called Harbour Rocks, which looks just like its described. In the summer months when its warmer and the sun is shining the seals climb up on the rocks and sun themselves. Obviously they were being very smart and staying in the water today!

Sea Urchin

In and along the coast there were some really neat finds. Of course the usual rounded rocks formed by the erosive action of the waves, but there were also some sea urchins, abandoned lobster traps and a lot of pieces of seaweed.


It was quite a brisk hike around the point, but it felt good to be outside! We didn't see any other animals but a very wet Lycos :) We drove back to the accommodations and setup some places to dry all of our wet gear. It would not be good to pack wet stuff into a suitcase for a day's travel so I am really hoping it dries!

Dr. Chris cooked us our last family meal of Fish and Chips, delicious as usual! Of course I am sure you all know what came next... ice cream!! I am proud to say we have finished all of them over the past 2 weeks... maybe someone should do the data analysis on all those calories!! Hahaha, just kidding!

We presented Chris and Christina with a book that we got for them in thanks for our wonderful experience here. We have all learned so much and have had such a beautiful time here. We feel very very lucky to have worked alongside such incredible scientists!

I still cannot believe today was our last day here, these two weeks have really flown. We've been so busy with all of our work here and keeping in touch with everyone back home it seems like it went by too quickly! I am so happy to have had such a great time and to have met such incredible people from all over the world. I hope that we are able to meet up again sometime for another adventure! That would be great!

I am so happy that I have been able to share this experience with all of you at home, I wish you could have been here with me! I hope you have enjoyed following along on here with the blog. It was my first time "blogging" so I hope I did ok with it!

I am excited to come back to Boston and share with you more about this trip and the research taking place up here. It is really important that this research is happening and that it continues. What the scientists are learning here helps the rest of us understand how our world really works and also helps to protect the species who are absolutely critical in sustaining it.

Signing off from Cherry Hill... See you soon!

- Ms. Smith

Day 14- Weather Woes :(

Woke up this morning to analyze some data and head to Keji... its pouring rain again and we just checked the weather.... not looking too great- what do you think?

Issued : 08.00 AM ADT Friday 26 March 2010

Periods of rain changing to snow near noon. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Local blowing snow late this afternoon. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature falling to minus 2 this afternoon.