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Rainy Season on the Marl Prairies of the Everglades

Since the field season has entered the summer months, we field technicians have met challenges that were quite rare in late March and early April. For example, this past week brought forth a series of rain events that were never a concern in the beginning of the field season. When we check our radar phone app at 5:00 in […]

By |June 11th, 2017|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Rainy Season on the Marl Prairies of the Everglades|

Juvies!!!

It is late in the summer, and most of the Cape Sable seaside sparrows have finished up breeding. The fledglings are now independent of their parents, and they form flocks that roam the prairies, exploring the habitat and seeing what the adult sparrows are up to. They have more confidence when they are in […]

By |August 2nd, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Juvies!!!|

Balloons Blow

On March 16, I spotted a distant object in the sky that appeared to be a helicopter flying dangerously low. A quick look into my binoculars let me get a closer look at this star falling from the sky. I did not wish upon this star. I think I would’ve wished for  better ways  to celebrate occasions […]

By |July 21st, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Balloons Blow|

A “Day Off”

Sometimes fire or rain will impede the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow crew from working in the field. The wildfire that occurred during the first weeks of the field season meant we ended up working on a Saturday. I headed to Everglades National Park and spent my usual day off in the field.

I stopped at […]

By |June 29th, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on A “Day Off”|

Rough Terrain in the Everglades

It is time to speak of my fear of walking on slippery rocks. I found out about this fear when hiking a Peruvian mountain in Huascarán. There were moments where we had to walk through streams, and I was fine for the first few, but it was quietly making my anxiety grow inside. At […]

By |June 27th, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Rough Terrain in the Everglades|

The Everglades to Myself

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 […]

By |May 24th, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on The Everglades to Myself|

The Joys of the Everglades

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. […]

By |May 12th, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on The Joys of the Everglades|

From Egg to Fledge: How We Find and Monitor Nests

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 […]

By |May 12th, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on From Egg to Fledge: How We Find and Monitor Nests|

Smoke Ahead: Fire in Everglades National Park

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 […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Smoke Ahead: Fire in Everglades National Park|

Keeping Your Head Above Water (and the mud) in the Everglades

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 […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Keeping Your Head Above Water (and the mud) in the Everglades|