Friend of the Station Peter Drummond, one of the organizers of the First Annual Qualicum Beach Day invited us and our portable Touch Tank down to the celebration last weekend. Great fun and big thanks to Pacific Net and Twine who bailed us out at last moment by lending us a big fish tote for a recirculating water reservoir. More photos after the jump.
The Beach Day had lots of events and lots of people, seemed really well organized. We were really thankful to the very cheerful Town of Qualicum electrician who got us set up with power.
We had a big selection of critters, including an impressive geoduck, a bunch of species of seastars, sea cucumbers, fun hermitcrabs, various bivalves, sea urchins and the like. The moonsnail was a surprise hit as many had never seen a live one.
Crowds all day which was great, we were really popular and had great feedback from everyone and raised great attention for the Field Station. Special thanks to Emily who organized it all, Jensen (elementary school volunteer) and Deshveer (MBA Intern) who gave up their Saturday to do this.
We’re getting lots of requests to take our touch tank on the road which is fun, but a lot of work in time and expense, especially before and after, not to mention potentially stressful on our critters who are our first priority. We may have to consider looking for a sponsor if we are going to do many more of these. If you or if you know of anyone who might be interested is sponsoring our touch tanks for an event(s) please let us know!
If you missed our touch tank at Qualicum, don’t despair, we have permanent ones with even more local critters at the Field Station all the time.