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Advanced marsh ecology I: bypassing the creekbank

One of the most challenging aspects of working in the marsh is getting out of the boat and into the marsh across the treacherous muddy creekbank. Jacob loves to post pictures of marsh researchers who get trapped in the mud while in transit (if you search the past news items, you can find one of Joe...). An advanced technique, used in the past by Jacob and Ike, and demonstrated here by John, is to bypass the creekbank entirely by parking the boat up on the marsh platform. As shown here, it is then possible to slide over the back of the boat directly onto the firm marsh platform. This technique needs to be applied with care; however, because you can only retrieve the boat on a high spring tide, so read the tide tables twice and park once!

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John after driving boat over the creekbank and up into the marsh
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John demonstrating easy exit from boat onto marsh platform

(Contact Steve Pennings for additional information)


submitted May 29, 2019

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.