On a blustery day in December, researchers from the Department of Natural Resources and the Northwest Straits Foundation spent several hours manipulating a remotely operated underwater vehicle in Smugglers Cove.
We have accomplished a lot but there is still much to do as we focus on the vision of making sure the Aiston Preserve’s natural habitats are restored and protected, while allowing for education, scientific research and future low-impact recreation.
We spent about 5 hours surveying the early spring spiders of the Curry Preserve. We recorded 43 positively identified species. One of the introduced species, wolf spider Trochosa ruricola, represents only the third finding in Washington and is one of the most interesting record we found there.