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...

Creative Advertising – Shorebird Festival Edition

Things are starting to pick up for the 2018 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. Shorebird articles in the newspaper are coming out hot off the presses. Organizers are placing finishing touches on registration and events. Presenters are practicing their rhetoric and making sure their presentations...

Copper River Delta Science Symposium 2018

Every six years a group of scientific researchers, community members, and non-profit, private, and federal organizations reunite for the Copper River Delta Science Symposium, to discuss the most pertinent topics of the Copper River Delta. The region is vital for fish and wildlife. It serves...

Snapshot Profile: Geeking Out About Birds

As an EFTA intern in the Chugach National Forest, I will delve into the world of field biology. I also wanted to get to know the people I will be collaborating with daily at the Forest Service. Therefore, a handful of my posts will be...

Introduction to the Copper River Delta

Imagine thousands of shorebirds flying in unison over mudflats, after converging on the delta during their northern migration. Terrestrial animals such as bears and moose can (or cannot!) be seen in the tall brush. Coho and sockeye salmon arrive from an exhausting journey to the...