The sampling areas on this particular day included the Pasquotank River, Currituck Sound, the North River and the Little River, these areas are situated in the northeastern part of the Albemarle Sound. The day started off in the Pasquotank River;
|Gorgeous autumn day!|
|Coley Hughes and Jeff Dobbs excited to be in the field|
It's always fun trying to stay balanced when boating in rough weather and I give Joey Powers mad props for getting us back to the boat launch with no problems (the video doesn't really give a good perspective on how big some of the waves actually were).
After getting off of the Pasquotank River we headed over to Currituck Sound (no pictures due to be soaking wet and not having a water proof camera). By this time I had put on some waders, so even though I was not that much warmer I was slightly more dry. From there it was off to the North River;
|Joey Powers and Jeff Dobbs Collecting water in the North River|
|Things starting to calm down|
|Back to the Pasquotank!|
|Could it be?|
|It is! The sun started to come out just as we were finishing up|
Having seen the entire Albemarle Sound region over the course of the summer and early fall I can definitely appreciate how beautiful the sound really is. For the most part large areas of the shoreline remain undeveloped and are lined by conifers and cypress trees (at least I think that's what some of these trees are, what can I say I'm no dendrologist), I even saw a pod of dolphins in the early spring when I was sampling with the NCDMF. Yet anthropogenic activity is well represented by the numerous houses and agricultural activity surrounding the watershed.
I think the reason I am so intrigued by the sound, and estuaries in general, is because they represent an interface between the marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and increasingly humans. This is probably why I am interested in anadromous species, because for at least one part of their life they are dependent on a habitat that is so closely linked to humans, and I have always been curious and fascinated by this interaction.