Marine Fauna for Birders


Marine Fauna for Birders

A group to discuss any marine organisms (fish, shellfish,seaweeds and algae, etc.) you may come across on coastal outings. (Photo credit: J. Clements - Common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) - Irving Nature Park, Saint John, NB)

Location: New Brunswick
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Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2017

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Ocean acidification in the Bay of Fundy

Started by Jeff Clements. Last reply by Ron Arsenault (Halifax, N.S.) Aug 28, 2014. 3 Replies

Hi all,  For anyone interested (I thought this would be a great place to post), I will be giving a talk at the upcoming Saint John Naturalists meeting on Sept. 8th at NBM (7pm start).  The talk will…Continue

Tags: marine, biology, Naturalists, John, acidification

Some seashells and ? [edited- Periwinkle + Barnacle]

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Jimmy Dee Aug 27, 2014. 9 Replies

Bucket loads of seashells at Crow Island near Chance Harbour. Also I've seen these white things before but have no idea what they are.…Continue

Tags: balanoides, littorea, jd14mf, Semibalanus, Rock

Female Rock Crab carrying eggs.

Started by Gabriel Gallant. Last reply by Gabriel Gallant Jul 7, 2013. 3 Replies

According to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website, female Rock Crabs carry eggs beneath the abdomen until hatched. Found this crab in knee-deep water at the Bouctouche Dunes.…Continue

A little blurb on Sea Stars in Kouch...

Started by Denis A. Doucet. Last reply by Denis A. Doucet Jul 7, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi folks,Here is a link to a little illustrated post on Sea Stars I prepared this AM for Kouchibouguac National Park's Facebook page. You do not have to be a user of FB to read the post, but the park…Continue

Tags: Kouchibouguac, Asterias, Star, Sea

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Comment by Ron Arsenault (Halifax, N.S.) on June 16, 2012 at 10:47pm


OK, I will start with a few plants for which I have seen edibility claims.  NOTE: This is not a recommendation!  It is not all that uncommon to see claims of edibility and toxicity for the same plant. Also, certain plants are edible, but not very tasty.

In any case, In addition to Goose Tongues and Samphire you mentioned, have seen claims of edibility for Orach, Sea-blite, Wild Rose, Beach Pea, Sea Rocket and Roseroot.

Perhaps others can add to the list. The list could also be expanded by adding "nearby" habitats.

Hope this helps,




Comment by Joanne Savage on June 16, 2012 at 10:25pm


I was thinking of plant species above normal tide levels,or  that grow so as to be slightly into normal tide level; along the beach high tide , not low. I am aware of Nori [like Sushi], can do without Dulse[not to my taste] and know of Sea Lettuce and Irish Moss

Comment by Ron Arsenault (Halifax, N.S.) on June 16, 2012 at 10:03pm

Hello Joanne,

I tried answering your question, at least in part, and found that I got lost.  The reason, I believe, is that it is too broad. Using an example from the animal side, I have a recipe for parboiled skunk - I kid you not!  But I have not tried it!!! Had you asked the question re animals as opposed to plants, I bet you would NOT have wanted skunk!

Thus to more properly answer your question, one would need some parameters.  Above or below the tide line?  Habitat type:  Rocky shore, sandy....?  Time of year?.

And what do you mean by "edible"?  Toxicity level, taste, history of use?  If so, how extensive? By whom?

So attempt a start with a few species below the high water mark....

Several seaweed species are edible.  Nori, sea lettuce, Irish Moss and of course dulse come to mind. 

Perhaps others can add to the list?


Comment by Joanne Savage on June 16, 2012 at 9:17pm

Jeff, I am aware of those tasty Samphire greens and of Goosetongue, of which I am not so fond. Are there other edible plant species allong the beach edge?

Comment by Jeff Clements on June 16, 2012 at 9:09am

Fantastic, Dennis! I have a colleague who has worked at Kouchibouguac on a soft-shell clam project (the same species I am working with). I'm excited to see some photos and for some questions!

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on June 16, 2012 at 6:22am

Oh boy! This is a great idea for a group, for sure. As others have already said, thank you very much for starting it, Jeff. Where I work (Kouchibouguac National Park), there is a strong emphasis in estuarine and intertidal natural history, and it is certainly an area that I very much would like to learn more about. Do expect many posts and many questions, which I am sure we can figure out together. 

Comment by Ron Arsenault (Halifax, N.S.) on June 15, 2012 at 11:28pm

Way to go Jeff!

I have quite an interest in marine life, but I have to admit it has been "buried" for many years.  Perhaps this is just the thing needed to bring it back to the surface!



Comment by Jeff Clements on June 15, 2012 at 9:15pm

Thanks, all - for taking interest in the group! For the record, you don't have to restrict photos/questions to organisms/IDs. If you see something strange along the coast, take a photo and ask! I'm an ecologist, so I know some pretty interesting stories about the things you'll see :-)

Comment by Stuart Tingley on June 15, 2012 at 8:53pm
This is great, Jeff! Thanks so much for starting this group and offering to moderate it. Looking forward to contributing (questions!).
Comment by Jeff Clements on June 15, 2012 at 8:38pm

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Although I'm an amateur naturalist, I'm a marine biologist by trade. The intertidal is my niche!!


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