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  •  Speaking of sea shells, I was just up to Birch Bay (13+ / 0-)

    near the border. It has huge sandy beaches and lots of clams. However, of those shells on the beach and the ones the gulls were eating, at least 90% were the invasive Purple Varnish variety that you wrote about last week.

    Lots of beach when the tide is out. The Canadian Gulf Islands are in the background.

    "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

    by RonK on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 11:01:27 AM PDT

    •  What a lovely spot, and I love that photo, (11+ / 0-)

      with pools of water on the not quite flat beach, reflecting the sunset.

      That's very interesting about the PVC density there. From what I understand that's where they first took hold after getting to N America. They like the wide flat beach since they prefer the upper intertidal. And all the freshwater inflow from the Fraser and the Nooksack and creeks makes it a perfect habitat for them.

      Those clams look pretty freshly eaten, with the varnish still on them. They are obviously very easy to catch. Even so, that's quite a preponderance of one species. Bears watching. I guess we'll see if they end up heavily concentrated in some areas but not others.

      Thanks for the clam report from the north.

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