This was my final week stationed in Juneau, and I was off to Petersburg for a few days doing habitat work before I took off to Ketchikan. The past month and a half I have traveled to so many places in such a short amount of time that I couldn’t really see most of the island other than the forests I stayed in. Juneau seems like a great place to explore, and luckily during work I was able to see the huge glacier twice and explore a back trail that put me only a few hundred meters away from the ice! The cold winds blowing over the ice made the hot 75 degree Fahrenheit day turn into 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While my field leader, Gwen, and I were there, we saw cute little baby Mew Gulls standing close to their parents, while other adult Mew Gulls were screaming at us to get off their rock. We were also able to see five adult Artic Terns, and one Caspian Tern that Gwen told me is rare to see at this site because the gulls and Artic Terns chase them off when they are around. No one knows why, but it was an interesting discovery for us that this one lone Caspian Tern tried to fish somewhere it didn’t belong. On a side note, I had the chance to cut metal pipes and solder wires together, which was an exciting experience. Sure, I flinched a couple of times with sparks shooting out from cutting the pipes, but it was a lot of fun! Now I’m resting in Ketchikan for a whole month, and I can’t wait to start the Northern Goshawk surveys.


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Madeline Lopez · July 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

Great pic. So proud of you and what have accomplished in such a short time. It has been very interesting reading all your blogs. Thanks.

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