Wow. Five months have flown by faster than a diving Peregrine falcon. Now I’m here reflecting on the days when my mind wasn’t dominated by bird puns and dreams of field work. Five months ago I was still freezing in the bitter winter of Virginia, anxiously waiting to embark on this new adventure in my birding career. Today, I’m sitting in the kitchen of a student dorm made for biology geeks like me, waiting for my ride to the park, where I’ll watch scope out a colony of seabirds and chicks struggling to survive under the threat of hungry Bald eagles. I’m still cold here in the Pacific Northwest, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This journey was beyond anything I could have expected.

They say a picture is worth a million words, so I’m not going to pester you with the surplus of extra text. Rather, I invite you: take a trip down memory lane with me…through this photo album.








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