Where are the Aleutian Terns?

“Is everyone ready to depart?” asked the Bush plane pilot. “Yes!” Melissa and I say. At this point I was giddy and ready to depart in a bush plane for the first time. Imagine a life size toy airplane (even in red) with room for...

Snapshot Profile: A Novice Traveler

Last week, we were all sad to see one of the first co-workers to depart for the season. With hugs and farewells, I knew that it would not be the last time I would see Mirna Borrego Lazalde. Mirna joined the Wildlife and Ecology Department...

Nestigations

“Look! There’s a gander right there!” “Where did he come from?" "Where did he go?" These are some common questions asked by the Wildlife Crew this past week in the Copper River Delta. After much reading on the subject and helping set-up camp, I helped...

Thinking outside the box: Copper River Delta Birds By Hand

Even though the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival took place the first week of May there are still remnants of the celebration. In particular with one local business that was essential during the Shorebird Festival. The Net Loft is a local arts and crafts store in...

2018 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

The 2018 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival (May 3rd to 6th) arrived and left -just like the celebrated shorebirds. Shorebirds can be still be seen, however, the largest number of shorebirds that arrived occurred during the festival.  At one survey site shorebird numbers peaked to...

Let the Shorebird Surveys Begin!

On March 1st I began an essential component of my internship - shorebird surveys! For approximately two weeks I will participate in the Copper River Delta Shorebird Survey (CRDSS). The CRDSS is part of the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey (PWSS), an international effort to keep...

Snapshot Profile: Waterfowl Extraordinaire

Here we are again with another edition of the snapshot profiles! This edition will be on one of the primary leaders (and one of my supervisors) for the Dusky Canada Goose nest monitoring project. At the start of May, when I had just arrived at Cordova,...

Dusky Canada Goose Nest Island Project

Airboats, in my opinion, defy logic and gravity. They glide effortlessly on the water with a heavy fan powered by a gas motor. Usually I imagine them in tropical waters of the Everglades. Yet as these boats glide across marshlands, the last place I would...