11 Power Rangers

Going through orientation with all the new forest service employees brought me back to training in San Diego! The difference being that it was colder, wetter, and the EFTA crew was missing (those were the days!). Getting to know all the new faces was fun,...

10 The Secret of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet

This past week was the wrap-up of my shorebird surveys, as the majority of the birds have already passed the Copper River Delta on their way to their breeding grounds. Their numbers were huge around the peak of migration and within only a few days,...

09 The fun continues

The town is alive! The weather here has been gloomy and rainy for most of the month but now it seems that the town is getting some sunshine. This has opened some time for people to be outside exploring and many of the fishermen and...

08 Copper River Shorebird Festival

Shorebird festival has been one of the highlights of my time here so far. The town just came alive with visitors from all over and it was a steady flow of new faces. I was excited to see more people out at my survey sites...

Have you heard?

With the shorebird festival rapidly approaching and a bunch of field work creeping up right behind it, the Forest Service is buzzing with activity! New faces are arriving everyday as the office and the town starts to come alive for the summer. The fishermen, cannery...

06 Curiouser and Curiouser

Despite the lack of shorebirds, the little town of Cordova is chugging along just fine. I still wonder about the shorebirds every so often and to add fuel to the fire, the same birder who spotted the greater yellowlegs reported sighting some lessers as well!...

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DATE: 15APRIL2017 TIME: 1428 LOCATION: CORDOVA, AK SITUATION: NO CHANGE UPDATES: NONE . . . DESCRIPTION: [caption id="attachment_13113" align="alignright" width="300"] Fig1. Ravens pretending to be distracted[/caption] It's been a month since I washed up here in Alaska. I've been waiting to catch a glimpse of a shorebird but I haven't seen a single one in...

04 (Yellow)Leg Day

The survey spots for my site all lie southwest of town and getting to them is quite the scenic trip. A long winding path down Whitshed road offers some great views on the way out to the famous Hartney Bay. The main staging site in...