Songbird Survey 101
For Songbird Survey 101, there are three things you need to know. First, you will be flying on a plane that can only hold up to six people. Second, when you arrive you need all your camp gear, and to say goodbye to cell phone service and toilets. Lastly, if you have done any type of survival training or a lot of bushwhacking, then you are set; if not, then get ready for lots of bruised legs and Devil’s club needles in your hands. That was my experience on Monday, the moment I arrived at the Prince of Wales Island, and although it was extremely difficult and very painful, it was also a lot of fun. The Red Lake area was absolutely beautiful, and I was able to work with my field partner, Melody, to practice our songbird identification. I heard thrushes, sapsuckers, flycatchers, and many different types of warblers. I was even able to see two minks and four black bears! The start of the songbird island-hopping survey has been fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me.