Watercolor, 5 x 8 inches
Here's where I stayed while on St. Joseph Bay. A college chum who manages the preserve invited me down to stay before the oil hit. Jean is a fire ecologist but there's a lot more to managing the preserve than fire. It's a huge job. This little watercolor sketch is going off to Jean as a small thanks for hosting me.
Learn about the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, and Aquatic Preserve —where you'll find a fabulous little video on the bay. Watch it — it's a beautiful description!
The preserve provides rooms to scientists studying various aspects of life in the Bay. The evening after my arrival, Brian, Jason and Katie came in from the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at Mote Marine Lab to take pre-oil genetic and toxicological samples and make a count of the dolphin population in the bay. Read an Orlando Sentinel article about their work on St. Joseph Bay.
Two marine biology graduate students from University of Louisiana at Lafayette were also in house to study Ambidexter Symmetricus, a tiny shrimp that glows red at night. While I was there, another couple of grad students stayed over on their way to study a sea grass.
Staying in this study hostel on the bay was an extra-dimensional treat.
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