AUGUST ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

August Winner Duane FagergrenCongratulations to Duane Fagergren

While Duane was out digging clams in the early morning, he heard some commotion behind him. A family of river otters hangs out close to the house and one of their preferred foods is small graceful crabs, (Cancer Gracilis). The crabs use the seed bags (foreground) and this year’s yearling crop (background) to forage in. In fact, the young-of-the-year graceful crabs undergo metamorphosis and settle in the bags with the Pacific seed. As the tide ebbs the crabs move out a bit and the otters’ table is set. This one hauled out to scarf down one of the larger crabs. Species diversity and inter-dependence in action. Contest link