“Time and tide will wait for no man, saith the adage. But all men have to wait for time and tide.”
—Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
This saying about the inevitable march of time and the seasons can be traced back to the 1200s, but it felt very relevant at 5:00 this morning when Estuary Program staff and a few stout-hearted and warmly-dressed volunteers ventured out to the beach near Target Rock. There, we began the second round of the small-scale eelgrass transplant project that began back in March.
Before setting the date for work to begin, staff had to monitor the donor and transplant beds. They had to make sure that the season, tides, and times of day would come together just right to support this effort and to help the eelgrass have the best chance of becoming established in the new locations.
This meant a lot of watching and waiting. And—once everyone had their waders strapped on this morning—a lot of eyeing the incoming tide while standing hip-deep along the shoreline.
Below, you’ll find a some pictures from the fieldwork session this morning.
For more details on this project, please keep an eye out for our monthly fieldwork blog. The next edition will be published on the first Friday in August.