Thursday, July 26, 2012
Today it was our last trip to the Island. It was supposed to rain but the whether was perfect and I arrived home safe not wet. We took a boat to Georges Island where we were going to take the boat to Lovell Island. It was stress when we heard that the 10:15 boat to Lovell Island was cancel. Our professor went to talk to the DCR people at the Island and after making few phone calls, we end it up with our own DCR boat that was going to take us to Lovell Island and was going to wait for us at the Island making this day a perfect day for us.
A lot of people were camping at Lovell Island. It seem that people were enjoying their time at the Island. As we start walking in the Island there was sand and pebbles along the island. Our job was to observed the habitat at along the beach. The Lovell Island was similar to the beach at Peddocks Island because it has pebbles of different colors along the beach. The rocky beach had some medium sizes rock but was different than the rocky beach at Peddocks Island that had bigger rocks. The Lovell Island beach was different than the beach at the Peddocks because it had different tide pool along the beach that contain different habitat. The Lovell Island was different too because there was more people than the Peddocks Island. Along the tide pool I found some species similar to the Dock and the Peddocks Island beach. A tide pool had colonies of tunicate, and had the red sheath tunicate. Our professor eat a slipper snails It look yummy but with lemon. I was also able to see the Common Periwinkles similar to the ones at the Peddocks Island beach but with the difference that there were a lot of them everywhere in the rocks. We also found three different types of Periwinkles along the tide pool that our professor told us that we needs to identify them We also found some snail in the a rock and on the trees walking back to the boat. Lovell Island has most of the habitat that we observed in the other place and it is also a peace place. I don’t know if it was the whether but I felt very relax at the Lovell Island.
“In some areas ducks and geese will feed on snails too. Many parks have small ponds where these types of birds reside. They will likely have lots of trees to which provide the shade for the snails as well. Even though these ducks and geese often get lots of food from visitors they still have a natural instinct to find various types of prey including snails out there in the wild.” (http://www.snail-world.com/Snail-Predators.html)
Looking for information about land snails I found that brown lipped snails are from Europe. I also find the reason why we found it in the rock, may be a bird eaten and drop it in the rocks.
Thank to Abigail (DCR Boat) and the DCR people for making this day a perfect day to discover new species.