Walk Leader: Crystal Oakes, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator
A salt marsh is where fresh water from the land meets the salt water of the ocean. Because two very different habitats meet at the salt marsh, it is a very rich, though difficult, habitat to live in. Join Crystal to watch the creatures of the salt marsh: herons, egrets, and Osprey searching for food, found in various crabs and fish living in the tidal creek. We’ll search for shells and other treasures on the beach and, with a two-person seine net, pull up secrets from the water. Binoculars, magnifiers, and sample jars will help us appreciate the wonderful salt marsh life we bring up in our seining net before we return what we’ve studied to the water. This is a great opportunity to learn the fascinating ways the animals and plants of the salt marsh survive the extreme temperature changes and the differences of high and low tide and how they are able to live in variable salinities. Please dress to get wet!
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Photo Credit: Crystal Oakes