Let the Avocets come peaking in

School always boils down to that one week where you remember how much you should have paid attention and apparently did not…I am only kidding. This week I took my finals! I am officially done with my first year of college, YAY ME!!

It has definitely been a stress-filled week, but I managed to get through it level headed. I officially participated in my first shorebird survey. American Avocets are as graceful as ballerinas. Their red color is so rich with the bright morning sun. I learned that they apparently never get the worm because they are not early birds. It was not until after 8 o’clock that they finally decided to wake up to join the rest of the flocks for their breakfast. I was proud of myself because I remember at one time I had no eye for a bird, yet on our survey, I scooped out a Killdeer. It was magnificent to be able to get as close as we did to him before he scurried away like a road runner. Man, he had little legs but those little legs sure did move fast.

Given that the wetlands are made up of over 200 ponds I did not get lost once driving today. Okay, Okay, I admit I did miss the entrance turn and took us a few miles off track, but I still got us there. Six ponds, two girls, binoculars, food, music, and a Ford Explorer got through the journey in approximately 3 hours. I cannot wait to collaborate with Deisy and head out next week for our surveys again. I am beyond stoked now that school is over to finally get started on my summer fun with BLM. On that note, stay warm, or chilled until we meet again.

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