12 May 2012 Point Lobos & Garland Ranch Park
Point Lobos: Class met at 1000 hours at Weston Beach. Ed Clifton was the walk leader. He split the group into 5 groups, each with a photo of a particular trace fossil the group had to find and try to answer questions about. My group had the "Hillichnus" fossil. We found numberous examples of the fossil and speculated about its origin. Many people believe it was formed by a small molusk of some kind (now extinct) that had two siphons that made the tracks as it moved through the much. Ed believes it the fossil was created by an ancient sea cucumber. The groups met at the end to discuss their findings.
Species: Malard Ducks, male & Femal; Great Egret.
Garland Ranch Park. We me at the Park entrance at 1215 hours. Spent about 20 minutes at a "sit spot" just observing the hillside. Talked about observing nature. Did an experiment to measure the velocity of the Carmel River at the Bridge crossing.
Species: Cottonwood Trees; CA Poppies; Sky Lupine; Mustard Grass