Wellfleet Bay Property Manager James Nielsen lugging shell bags.
Field Technicians Sarah Martinez and Katherine Terkanian investigate a spider crab on the flats.
surf clam culch provides structure for juvenile oysters to set on.
Setting up the culch piles.
Lug worm egg case.
Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott takes a hands-on approach to management.
Bob explains the project to a Lieutenant Island homeowner.
Beth Walton, Project Manager
James Nielsen and Beth Walton secure the perimeter of the culch pile with shell bags.
Putting out spat tile to assess spat set (young oyster recruitment) at weekly intervals.
spat tiles for measuring the timing and degree of spat set. Tiles were placed at 4 locations in the bay.
Willets feeding on the flats. We will document shorebird use of the area throughout the restoration.
grass shrimp - Palaemonetes vulgaris
Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator for Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, using a corer to sample sediment invertebrates. Photo: Robert Buchsbaum.
Seiving the core sample.
Boze Hancock of TNC and Robert Buchsbaum of Mass Audubon with some of the biodiversity sampling equipment.
Atlantic silversides from the beach seine sample swim in a temporary shell aquarium.
Mass Audubon Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum counting young oysters and other critters on the culch pile.
Boze Hancock of TNC ends up carrying all of the sampling equipment.
Young oysters, or spat, growing on the culch.
Robert Buchsbaum and a volunteer use a seine net to sample nekton (fish and other water column dwellers) adjacent to the culch piles.
Sarah Martinez approves of the oyster restoration.
John Portnoy of Cape Cod National Seashore uses a deep corer to look for evidence of oyster shells from the historical reef.
Sarah Martinez and Katherine Terkanian sample surface fauna using a 1m quadrat.
Blue Shark washed up at the high tide line in October - biodiversity is already increasing!
Oysters from a natural set last year, adjacent to the restoration area. Our reef will connect to and build off of these existing oysters.
Spat Blocks - one of the oyster growing structures we will be testing with our project. Photo credit: unknown.
oyster-sized Reef Balls like the ones we will deploy summer 2009. Photo credit: unknown.
Juvenile oysters (spat) on a tile for estimating recruitment at different locations around the harbor.
young oysters from a set in late June/early July growing on our culch.
Bob, Sacha Pfeiffer (WBUR), and Kate Killerlain Morrison (TNC)
Bob examining the growing young oysters
Volunteers for the Nature Conservancy oyster restoration in Florida making shell mats. Photo credit unknown.