A Surfperch Sexfecta Journal

This is a guest post by Michael Westphal. It is his account of his field trip, executed on the central California coast with the sole objective of collecting six closely related sand-dwelling surfperches, in a single day. This journal accompanies Life History of the Livebearing Calico Surfperch, Amphistichus koelzi (Teleostei: Embiotocidae), which Mike presented July…

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Quick, What’s This Worm?

Day 4 of my Blogging 101 class: Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it. Okay ideal audience member…quick, what’s this worm? You don’t know? Really? What kind of an audience member are you? One of Steinbeck’s lines from The Log From the Sea of…

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An Assessment and Explanation of theoutershores

Day 2 of Blogging 101, and I was asked to take a cold hard look at my blog’s title. I’ve been meaning to explain my blog’s title for a long time, but I haven’t been prodded into it until now. To meet the assignment, I’ll give an abridged version, making a note to write a…

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Introducing Myself & theoutershores

Note from November 6, 2016 – I wrote this post over a year ago for a blogging class. It has some quirks related to the assignment, but otherwise it’s still applicable. I’m taking Blogging 101, and my first assignment is to write and publish a “who am I and why am I here” post. It…

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Beach Trails

Some beach trails capture my imagination.  I have a sense of anticipation just before I crest the foredune and catch my first glimpse of the surf zone.  Check out these first glimpses from one of my favorite beach trails. The earliest photo in the series is from May 2008 and the most recent is from…

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