Stories & Updates

WFF Update on Baja – A Mexican Perspective

Notes from  Baja California Sur What would John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts find if they were able to return to the Sea of Cortés* today? What is the same and what has changed? Their expedition in 1940 took them to a place little known by science. They collected and took creatures from this place but […]

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Join the WFF Intertidal Zone Bioblitz

In 1940, writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered a purse seiner, the Western Flyer, for a 6-week expedition to the Sea of Cortez. They captured and catalogued marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) at 21 different sites along their route. In 1941, the two friends published the book, Sea of Cortez, a narrative […]

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Visit to Port Townsend

Before COVID-19 hit, Western Flyer had hundreds of visitors a month. These days, not so much. Access to the yard has been strictly limited for the past year — all it would take is one infection, and the livelihood of dozens of people would be threatened. I was lucky enough to be able to go […]

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Ed Ricketts: by Katharine A. Rodger, University of California, Davis

When Ed Ricketts left for the Sea of Cortez aboard the Western Flyer in March 1940, he hoped the trip would be the basis for a new book

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An Explanation of Why I Can’t Contribute to This Narrative

It has been one of the great, unexpected pleasures of the Western Flyer restoration process that I get to work with notable scientists and authors.

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