One of our plots is inaccessible without the use of a helicopter. We step off the helicopter, grab our gear from the back, walk to a safe distance from the helicopter, turn around and see our only way out fly away. On days we conduct transects, we are only 100 meters away from each […]
With my season as a Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow research technician nearing the half-way point, I enjoy reflecting on all of the new things out in Everglades National Park that I experienced in my first weeks as a technician. I still find unexpected pleasures out in the field that I have never encountered before. […]
Imagine you’re trying to find out where someone lives – someone who doesn’t want to be found. You might start by lurking around their favorite hangouts and getting a feel for their movement patterns. Once you spot them, you might follow them around, hoping they’ll lead you to their house. But they’re not as […]
Fire is critical for the pine rockland and prairie habitat of Everglades National Park, but not always beneficial to the Cape Sable seaside sparrows or our work, so we were worried when we saw we saw “Prescribed Burn” and “Smoke Ahead” signs on two occasions when we drove into the park to conduct our field studies.
Pinelands are located on higher […]
This is a photo of my fresh start at the “crying plot” from my last blog post, Highs and Lows. I had oriented myself to face east when I quickly realized I would be walking towards the sun. In the photo you can see the dragonfly I walked around (I know I don’t like to […]
One of the joys of working in the Pacific Northwest is the opportunity to work with other enthusiastic bird nerds. When I explain to laypeople that I work with birds, I am mostly met with confusion or, better yet, the “Can You Identify This Bird Based On Vague Descriptions” game. But there is a […]