Goshawks! in the Club

“Ughh look at all these cow parsnips.” “Oh, that’s not cow parsnip.” “Is…is it the devil’s…?” “Welcome to the club!!” That’s how our goshawk survey began at the Saddlebag Trail.  We strolled right into the belly of the beast, or more like the belly of the dense Devil’s Club undergrowth.  Read more…

Shorebird Surveys

My shorebird surveys wouldn’t have been the adventure it was if it wasn’t for my volunteers. Rain or hail (slight exaggeration, there were a few sunny days) my volunteers stuck it out with me because as they’ve said, “After all, we are Alaskans.” Translation: 40mph winds and rain won’t really Read more…

Dusky Camp

It was the most anticipated week of the summer. Nest Island Monitoring in the Copper River Delta. Our home base was at Dusky Camp out on Alaganik Slough. I absolutely loved being out in the field. Never mind the no-seeums, mosquitos, white sox and horse flies or the exhausting work Read more…

Delta Drift

Ever since I first saw the airboat, all I thought about was riding on one.  Every time I went into the compound to get a car or some gear, I’d walk by the airboat and imagine how awesome it would be to take one of these out and go drifting on Read more…

Training Week

The hardest part about having nice weather in Cordova is having to be inside the office all day.  However, the awesome part about working in Alaska is getting trained to learn about all the cool things you’d get to do in the summer like aviation and boat passenger safety, radio Read more…