Surprise! Tour of Beauty

[caption id="attachment_15580" align="alignleft" width="225"] Golden, shimmering beach grass.[/caption] Right out of the gate, blasted into beautiful Baja. Two days after arriving in Ensenada, we began a two-week long trip (deemed "Gordi-tour") to whale breeding ground/mangrove/pristine beach/wetland marsh/sand dune/desert/lichen-covered volcanic mountains. [caption id="attachment_15581" align="alignright" width="300"] Skirting a salt...

Round 2

“Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?” – Edward Owen Wilson   I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Hi! My name is Christine and I’m an aspiring biologist and conservationist....

I Believe in Fungi

People were just as psyched about fungi in Cordova as they were in Girdwood. This week’s Cordova Fungus Festival was delightful. People are fungus fanatics, and this festival was the perfect venue for them to fly their fungal flag high. Forays, a recipe swap, a...

Fungus Freaks

This is my view as I write this post… I just spent nine days in the beautiful town of Girdwood, Alaska. This year’s Fungus Fair was the best they’ve had in a while. An explosion of fungi! Last year was considered a “bad year,” because there...

“Move It On Over”

If anyone ever asks, Hank Williams is the best music to listen to when you’re lugging 60 pound sandbags across mudflats. So, can you guess what I did this past week? That’s right! I lugged 60 pound sandbags across mudflats while listening to Hank Williams!...

Goodbye Duskys

377 nest islands monitored 113 islands maintained 170 nests surveyed 525 duskys banded 30 days at dusky camp Thus concludes this season's dusky work for the wildlife crew. It was even more amazing than I imagined it would be. The Copper River Delta is such a beautiful and dynamic place;...

Catching Up

This week has been quiet, but fruitful. I was finally able to have some office time so I could get caught up on work emails and get some new projects rolling. On Tuesday, Robert Masolini and I spent a day in the field putting up...

Nest Islands and Nagoonberries

  Dusky Camp, Part 2. I just got back from a four-day stint out on the Copper River Delta. This time the wildlife crew and I tackled the 100+ nest islands that needed maintenance. These nest islands were installed into ponds across the delta to increase...