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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|

A Shout-out to Our Volunteers and Fellow Bird Nerds on the Leque Island Study Site

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 […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Estuary Restoration Project, News|Comments Off on A Shout-out to Our Volunteers and Fellow Bird Nerds on the Leque Island Study Site|

Re-sighting Sparrows

I worked with Seaside sparrows in New Jersey saltmarshes before my job with Ecostudies on the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow project. There are several key differences between this current technician job and the work I did in the past, most notably the habitat. The Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (CSSS), a subspecies of the Seaside […]

By |April 28th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Re-sighting Sparrows|

What’s in my bag?

Ever wonder what it takes to study Cape Sable seaside sparrows in the Everglades? I can tell you that it takes passion, energy, adaptability, and perseverance. It also takes a whole lot of gear.  Every single item in this post is a necessity. Sure, carrying 20 pounds of gear makes hiking harder, but it also makes […]

By |April 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on What’s in my bag?|

Practicing Point Counts with Meadowlarks

Even though fires are an important part of maintaining the species and habitats that we are working to protect in the Everglades ecosystem, often when there are fires in the park we can’t go out to do our sparrow research. A small wind-shift or a stray ember could potentially put us in a dangerous […]

By |April 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Practicing Point Counts with Meadowlarks|

Yes, This Really is My Job: Why Being A Bird Biologist Is The Bomb

“What do you do for a living?”

It’s a pretty common question to hear, now that I’m an adult (well, as “adult” as a 23-year-old can be). It naturally follows the other basics: name, age, location of birth… But it’s the “what do you do?” that I always look forward to. Because with an answer […]

By |April 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Yes, This Really is My Job: Why Being A Bird Biologist Is The Bomb|

Highs and Lows

I was born and raised in South Florida and have driven on Main Park Road more than once. As I looked out over the prairies, I would think to myself,  “I would love to walk in the Everglades.”  Now it is a part of my job as a field tech for Ecostudies Institute, and the […]

By |April 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Highs and Lows|

Volunteer Citizen Scientists Needed

Do you like bird watching? How about mucking around outdoors? Do you have a pair of boots, a set of optics, and a desire to help avian conservation?

Well, we have an opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteer citizen scientists to assist with breeding bird surveys at Leque Island this spring.

Ecostudies Institute has begun a […]

By |March 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Volunteer Citizen Scientists Needed|

Snow Goose Festival: Conservation and The Importance of Community Events

In Washington, the stretch of I-5 freeway between Seattle and Bellingham has a few major metropolises. Most people won’t stop on their way between these two cities, particularly when many of the smaller historic towns are several miles off the beaten path. But I’m here to tell you about what these people are missing […]

By |March 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Snow Goose Festival: Conservation and The Importance of Community Events|