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! It makes me wonder… I was able to chat with a crow the other day though. He was very assuring and explained to me I should not be alarmed by his cause, or by his attempted murders. Turns out it was just a huge misunderstanding; We’re actually all quite good friends now and the crows come by my office window for some tea and crumpets from time to time. And here I thought I was going mad, haha!
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All these (non-shore)birds fill the town with plenty of sloppy background noise

From an outsider’s perspective, things look pretty calm in Cordova but now that I’ve been here long enough I see that there is always something to do. Traveling out of town consists of going alongside Orca Inlet up to the ski lodge, down Whitshed Road to Hartney bay, up the mountain to ski hill, around Eyak Lake to Power Creek, or out Copper River Highway to the Copper River Delta. Besides that, the town is off the road system and to get here travelers arrive by plane or ferry. It took me awhile to realize that there are no traffic lights here and most intersections in town comprise of stop signs. Even though there are only four main roads to drive out of town, there is plenty to keep busy with!
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Last Saturday the town got together for Cordova Clean-up day and everyone was out collecting garbage and making the mean streets clean. As part of the Forest Service crew, I was tasked with driving a truck around town and picking up any bags left out on the side of the road. It was cool cruising around and getting to see everyone doing their part; People were out with friends, family, and pets. Some people took advantage of the free garbage disposal and brought out things from their homes that needed to be thrown away. After taking out the trash, the volunteers gathered at the town center and celebrated with a barbeque. Being that we had the job of picking up the bags, we had work to do even after everyone else was done. We got any remaining trash to the dump and the town was that much cleaner by the end of the day.
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Another thing that happened last week was the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. The course focused on how to give first aid in a wilderness setting and some folks from the forest services were able to get certified. I didn’t take the course myself but I was able to join in as a patient during their scenarios. It was fun giving the trainees a difficult time and seeing them struggle when I wasn’t cooperating. The office was a bit empty during the training, especially because there were also other people gone during the week. Now that the course has wrapped up and most people are back, things are moving on track for the upcoming season. And the Shorebird Festival…
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Sneak peak at a project I’m working on!

The festival is in a week and I am eager to put into play all the things I have been working on. My surveys officially start on the 1st and I hope to finally catch a glimpse of a shorebird. Until then, let’s hope everything goes well!
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“Mad Hatter: ‘Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’
‘Have you guessed the riddle yet?’ the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
‘No, I give it up,’ Alice replied: ‘What’s the answer?’
‘I haven’t the slightest idea,’ said the Hatter”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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