It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with all the latest equipment, or a casual photographer with only a smart phone. If you’re visiting the Edmonds Marsh, your photos can make a valuable contribution to the current Edmonds Marsh study.
Jennifer Love, senior environmental scientist with Seattle-based Windward Environmental, is heading up the current year-long study focused on water quality in the marsh and how it affects plant and animal life.
The consultants have already placed several permanent cameras to record wildlife activity as the seasons change, but mounted cameras have their limitations. And this is where local photographers come in.
“Our wildlife cameras are motion-sensitive, and we’ve tried to install and aim them to get the best information they can provide on wildlife presence and activity, but they’re really no substitute for human photographers,” Love explained. “We’re hoping for help from local photographers, bird enthusiasts and others who visit the marsh with a camera, so we’ve set up several photo monitoring stations at established viewpoints on the Marsh boardwalk and in the Point Edwards community.”
The monitoring stations are identified by laminated signs located around the perimeter of the Marsh, with several in established viewing areas on the boardwalk. Photos on the signs identify the views needed for the study, and provide instructions for labeling photos and posting them to the special Marsh Study site on Flicker.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel