Friday Harbor Labs, UW

Come see where Amoeba works.  Dave Hays, a UW film making class student, interviewed Hillary, one of the TAs who works with Charley (Amoeba) and Megan in their “ZooBot” class which is an entire quarter (16 credits: Marine Zoology 5 credits; Marine Botany 5 credits; and a Research Apprenticeship in Intertidal Ecology and Physiology for 6 credits).   Hillary is currently working on her PhD focusing on the study of the interactions of marine organisms with their environment.

That might all sound intimidating, but the video below makes it easy to understand and gives you a glimpse of Amoeba’s working environment.

Almost a Video

I am unhappy.  I have spent all day trying to upload a video.  Our “high speed” internet is high all right — high priced, but NOT high speed.  I spent 2.5 hours uploading a video only to have it fail — connection dropped — in the last 20 minutes.  And that happened not once, but twice.  The third time I was not told the connection failed.  I was told my endeavor was a success — BUT over half of the video is missing.  All together I spent about 7 hours to get one minute and thirty seconds worth of video for my blog.

Here is part of Watermelon Man, played by The One More Time band at the Rumor Mill in Friday Harbor, WA.  Be prepared for the video to suddenly end in the middle of Amoeba’s trumpet solo with the  plunger mute.

Hummingbirds in Snow

People say Hummingbirds are too fragile to withstand extreme weather.  Ha!  Hummingbirds are strong, resilient and fierce.

On December 29th, 2010, I video taped this Anna’s Hummingbird sipping nectar from a feeder on our back deck.  Three hummingbirds that we know of wintered here on San Juan Island in Puget Sound.  During the snowstorm they were out flitting around and playing chase. They all come in to feed, but only one at a time. They are very territorial and they fight over the nectar even though there is more than plenty to go around.