Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March Video Madness

Time is definitely marching on.  Jeff and I both questioned this week, " Where did March go?"

A fun project that we engaged in this month was the scavenger hunt for The Noyo Center for Marine Science.  The scavenger hunt was a FUNdraiser to raise money for the Noyo Center and also to celebrate the annual whale festivals in a socially distant way.  We were a business sponsor for the event and we decided to give the scavenger hunt a go.  If you are not familiar with the Noyo Center, please peruse their website.  Their goals are education and conservation and they are based in our backyard - Fort Bragg, California.  All donations are greatly appreciated and we see the results of the money directly in educational programs for all ages and conservation projects like help the kelp.  The center is also raising money to build a state of the art marine science center that will showcase the skeleton of a 70' blue whale that our community worked hard to preserve.

A glance at our YouTube Channel will also show what we've been up to.  There is something for everyone this month there.  I have edited 7 new videos (and 8th one is about to be uploaded later this week).

For the sea kayak rock gardening and surfing audience, I created Vitamin Sea Mendocino -

For fans of the natural beauty of the Mendocino Coast, check out 2 new public lands that have been preserved by another one of our favorite local nonprofits - The Mendocino Land Trust.  

Do you want to go on an adventure with Jeff and I?  Join us virtually for a tandem sea kayak journey from LFK Headquarters to Glass Beach.  Our goal was whale watching but the whales did not want to be seen.  I was on camera duty and Jeff enjoyed taking me for a sporty ride on the sea.

It is getting to be time for our annual spring run off trip . . . we are both very ready for a change of scenery.  As we make plans, we reminisce on previous spring run off trips.  Check out this sea kayak adventure on Oregon's John Day River.  My favorite scenes are the big horn sheep lambs.

If you enjoy our videos, be sure to subscribe to Liquid Fusion Kayaking's YouTube Channel. As you watch our videos, give us a thumbs up and please leave comments.  This keeps us motivated and inspired to keep producing videos.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Cate and Jeff tandem sea kayaking into Glass Beach on the Mendocino Coast of California.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Birding By Kayak

Both Jeff and I are nature nerds.  Yes, our passion for wildlife and nature extends into birds and we are both avid birders.  When we are apart, it is not uncommon for us to text each other our bird sightings - who is flying by and who is singing.  Birding is something that anyone can do almost anywhere. Of course one of our favorite places to bird is on the water from the seat of our kayaks.

Tips for Birding from a Kayak by Jeff Laxier

Kayak Birding Tour on Fort Bragg's Noyo River

From the moment my father and I witnessed a fly being caught and eaten by a bird, I could no longer hide my blindness to the beauty of nature.

Three tips to birding by kayak

1. Slow it down. The slower you go, the better. Birds and other wildlife will be less alarmed by your curious and courteous behavior.

2. Use a spotting scope, binoculars, or a monocular: These are just tools to assist with getting more detail and possibly identifying species. Try not to get to much into the “glassing” and enjoy your surroundings. Top tip on glassing wildlife: Start with the subject just above the top of the device. Next slowly move your device up until the subject is in view from the glasses. Last focus on subject.

3. Avoidance: If you hear an alarming sound or action (the action and acting of a bird with a broken wing) stop or re-route. During nesting season be very mindful of coastal cliffs with a high accumulation of white bird guano. On the Mendocino coast we have a number of Pelagic Cormorants nesting in colonies upon cliff faces. Often these nesting locations are just above awesome sea caves, cool sea stacks, and rock garden features. Avoid these areas during nesting season (March - August).
Pelagic Cormorants nesting on coastal rocks on the Mendocino Coast.