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i2P Education: Marine Ecology

The Lost Coast marine food web begins with primary producers, a diverse group of microscopic single-celled organisms that convert solar or chemical energy into carbohydrates and other molecules. The vast majority of primary productivity within cold water oceans (e.g., along the Northern California coastline) comes from phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are themselves a diverse group, and include many different classes of organisms including diatoms, cyanobacteria, and dinoflagellates. Phytoplankton thrive in areas of cold water upwelling, a phenomenon where warmer surface water is displaced by wind currents and replaced from below by colder water. Cold water upwelling is common along the Lost Coast. Primary producers provide the base of the food web.

Read more here: Day 4: Marine Ecology along the Lost Coast

Français » L’écologie marine le long de la Côte Perdue

i2P Education: Ocean Forests

The giant kelp forests of the California coastline are world-renown for their size, diversity of species, and productivity (which rivals coral reefs). The giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, is one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet (up to 60 cm a day) and can reach heights of over 30 m. Because the kelps themselves are foundational species in this ecosystem, they carry immense ecological and economic importance. In addition to providing habitat to other algae and animals, kelps are an important industrial resource [as a source for alginate which is in everything from make-up and medicine to toothpaste and ice cream], which can be harvested sustainably in large quantities because of giant kelp’s fast growth rates. Unlike trees, which are cut down and killed during harvested, kelp biomass is harvested from the surface of the water, allowing the base of the kelp to survive and continue growing.

Read more here: Day 3: Ocean Forests

Français » Les Forêts Océaniques

i2P Education: Salmon Spawning

The relationship between salmon and trees is more significant than you would think along the Lost Coast. Salmon and forest actually need each other. Salmon that die in the streams become part of the forest ecosystem by fertilizing riverside vegetation; and the woody debris that falls from the forest into the streams improves salmon breeding success of salmon.

Read more here: Day 2: Salmon Spawning: A simple yet complex ocean-forest relationship

Français » La fraie du saumon

Meet Russell!

I LOVE to run!

I’m always up for any adventure and love to experience the world around me. I’m always willing to do something challenging because it builds me into a better person. It allows me to better help and understand others and their needs. I love people as much as I love activity and try to help others everyday. I know that what goes around comes around, so don’t throw anything you don’t want to get hit with.

I’m excited for i2P because I know that it will build me up as well as anyone else who follows Emma, Caroline, Micah and me on our journey. We are in for a great time and we are happy to share experiences. Here’s a video that will sort of show who I am, where I live, and what I’m excited for.

Check out the video here:

Français »

J’adore courir! Je suis toujours partant pour une aventure et j’aime découvrir le monde qui m’entoure. Je suis toujours prêt à relever des défis parce que cela me permet de m’améliorer en tant qu’individu. Cela me permet de mieux connaître les autres et leurs besoins. J’aime les gens autant que l’activité physique et j’essaie d’aider les autres à chaque jour. Je sais que nos bonnes actions nous sont éventuellement rendues, alors ne jetez jamais de fleurs qui pourraient vous revenir avec le pot.

Je suis excité pour i2P – Réussir l’Impossible, parce que cela permettra, à nous et à ceux qui suivrons nos péripéties, de nous développer. Voici un vidéo présentant qui je suis, où j’habite et ce pourquoi je suis excité.

Meet Micah!

I have been asked numerous times, “Why would you want to trek or run 30 kilometers a day for 7 consecutive days through mountainous terrain?” I’ll tell you why! Yes, it makes your body ache and your mind tired. Yes, when you are pushing yourself further than you think is physically and mentally possible you want to stop. When you come to your final destination, however, and finally let your body sag and breathing slow, there is a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that is impossible to find anywhere else.

Your achievement overcomes the soreness of your body and you feel more alive than when you started. You also develop a deep connection with the place that just challenged you; it has shown its complexity and the beauty hidden within it. There were no engines whirring or people shouting, just the sound of your footsteps and heavy breathing, which when you stop the silence is filled by the sounds, sights and smells of your surroundings.

My name is Micah May and this is why I love pushing myself, both to see where my limitations lie, but also to experience the diverse and amazing landscapes of our planet. This is also why I am very excited to be an i2P youth ambassador for the Lost Coast expedition. I can’t wait to share the experience with you, not only the team’s struggles and achievements along the way, but also all the amazing things we learn about the Lost Coast environment. Stay tuned!!

Français »

On m’a demandé plusieurs fois « Pourquoi veux-tu parcourir 30 km par jour pendant 7 jours consécutifs sur un terrain montagneux? » Et bien voici! Oui, je serai fatigué physiquement et mentalement. Oui, quand vous vous poussez jusqu’aux limites de ce que vous croyez possible physiquement et mentalement, vous avez le goût d’arrêter. Quand vous arrivez à destination toutefois, et que vous laissez finalement votre corps se relâcher et que vous respirez lentement, il y a un sentiment d’accomplissement et de satisfaction impossible à retrouver nul part ailleurs.

Votre succès outrepasse la douleur de votre corps et vous vous sentez plus vivant qu’au début. Vous développez également une profonde connexion avec l’endroit que vous venez d’affronter; il vous a démontré sa complexité et sa beauté intrinsèque. Il n’y avait pas de moteur vrombissant ni de gens qui hurlent; juste le son de vos pas et de votre respiration lourde, et lorsque que vous arrêtez, le silence s’emplit des sons, des paysages et des senteurs de ce qui vous entoure.

Mon nom est Micah May, et voilà pourquoi j’aime me pousser à fond, d’abord pour connaître mes limites, et ensuite pour découvrir les merveilles de notre planète. C’est aussi pourquoi je suis très excité d’être un ambassadeur jeunesse d’i2P – Réussir l’Impossible pour l’expédition de la Côte perdue. J’ai très hâte de partager l’expérience avec vous, non seulement les défis et les embûches vécus par l’équipe, mais également les choses merveilleuses que nous apprendrons à propos de l’environnement de la Côte perdue. Restez à l’écoute!