ALL WASHED UP – - A new program looking for that unusual treasure that shows up on Presque Isle beaches.

December 19, 2012 8:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

 

      Today’s blog features a guest blogger, Steve Friel.    Steve is a freelance photographer who spends many hours roaming Presque Isle looking for birds, plants, animals and nature scenes that intrigue him.  Today, Steve writes about a new project he has become involved with on the park.

 

Old Tooth found on beach

Recently I was approached by Anne Desarro and Brian Gula of the educational staff at Presque Isle State Park and park volunteer and fellow photographer Brian Berchtold with a new and interesting idea.   The idea was suggested by Scott McKenzie of Mercyhurst University and involves photographing and archiving all the artifacts, fossils and unusual items that have washed up onto the Presque Isle beaches.

Ancient Skull Bone


This sounded like a great idea to me and I immediately became excited to get started.  As we moved forward with the project, an appropriate name for the project was chosen.  It will be called, “ALL WASHED UP.”

At recent meetings with Scott McKenzie, we discussed the proper techniques of photographing objects that will be archived.  These photographs and artifacts will be used for the education of students that are brought to TREC and the park during the school year.  The items will also be made available for public display at TREC.

As the main photographer on the project, what really makes this interesting is that recently items dating back 364 million years have made their way to the Presque Isle beaches.  Some of the objects found have been a Woolly Mammoth tooth and Brachiopods that are over 350 million years old.  Just think, there are over seven miles of beaches on the park and something new could be washed up each and every day.

Using the Presque Isle State Park, Pa. Facebook website, Anne Desarro has posted some of the items that have been found recently.   We all feel that this posting is an important way to inform the public of what can be found on the beaches of Presque Isle.   It is the hope that with more visitors aware of this project and what might be found, many more items might be recorded.

Cocklebur found on Presque Isle

If an object is found, it should be brought to TREC for examination by park personnel to determine what the object is.  It is important to record important details about all items brought to TREC.  The park personnel need to know the date the object was found, where the object was found (If possible the exact coordinates where it was found), the time of day it was found and the name and address of the finder.

Credits will be given to the finder on the TREC website and stored with the item that is being archived.  All natural artifacts and objects found on Presque Isle are the property of the park and should remain on the park or brought to TREC.  We are hoping that we will receive strong public support as this will be necessary to make it a truly successful program.

I’m hoping that everyone will be as excited as I am about this project, so happy hunting!


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