Identifying the intertidal and backshore habitat types in your study area is a crucial step in a Shorekeeper survey. Once habitats are identified, the rest of the survey is about measuring slope, elevation and documenting the species of plants and animals in each habitat. The following are a collection of habitat photos. It is hoped that these, along with the collection in the Shorekeepers' Guide, will help make identifying habitats easier for Shorekeeper participants.
|Fucus habitat on a bedrock substrate, Gabriola Island, B.C.|
|Fucus habitat on a cobble/boulder substrate, Nanoose Island, B.C.|
|Bladed Kelp habitat, Ross Bay, Victoria, B.C. Bladed kelps occur only in a narrow band above 0 m tides. Many Shorekeeper surveys may not even include this habitat.|
|Rock habitat with a bedrock/boulder substrate. Below is a fringe of the Fucus habitat on bedrock. Nanoose, B.C.|
|Starting at the high water mark (right side of picture) and moving across to the low tide mark (left side of picture): Rock habitat with a bedrock substrate; Sand habitat with sand,pebble,cobble substrates; A second Rock habitat with a bedrock substrate. Near Yellow Point, B.C.|
|Starting at the high water mark (bottom of picture) and moving across to the low water mark (top of picture): A Sand habitat with a sand and pebble substrates; A Cobble/pebble/shell habitat with cobble, pebble substrates; An Ulva habitat with a cobble substrate; A Sand habitat with a sand substrate; To the left at the bottom, a Fucus habitat with a bedrock substrate. Lantzville, B.C. |
|Cobble/pebble/shell habitat with cobble, boulder and pebble substrates.
Parksville, B.C. |