Transcript of the Summer 1945 Trip
To the West Coast of Vancouver Island

by
Edward F. Ricketts
1948
1938 Photo of Ed Ricketts

Compiled by
Robert 'Roy' J. van de Hoek
Field Biologist & Geographer
Sierra Club, Wetlands Action Network, National Audubon Society


Because some of the offshore islands of the Pacific Coast (Cocos and Galapagos, for instance) are known to have unique elements even in their marine fauna, and because very little had been done with the Queen Charlottes and the west coast. Vancouver Island, even in cataloguing the fauna, let alone in considering it ecologically, I decided to investigate them during the summer, and particularly during the times when I couldn't get to more distant and more important (to my work) places such as Aleutians, Bering Sea, Kamchatka.

Altho very few people ever go there, the west coast of Vancouver Island is fairly accessible. . . .

In the plains that Alice and I investigated, for instance, that time near Blackwell Corners, the relationship between the rattlesnake and the rodent is very near and intense in a certain direction. The vecto representing the relationship between the symbol rattlesnake, any give rattler or the mean of all rattlers . . .*1.

And as many of these things as can be should be considered continually, but the first thing is to know what we have to work with, and even this first step has still to be completed before the others can be pu in place.




Concluding Remarks
by
Robert Roy van de Hoek

Naturalist, Marine Biologist, Field Biologist, Geographer

There is a footnote that Joel Hedgpeth used at the end of the 1945 journal which reads as follows: "*1This somewhat Odumesque passage about vectors and ultimate quantification is based on notes of observations and thinking during Ed's wedding trip in January, 1948.