Flying Over the Same Water

Hello all! My name is Gabriela. I grew up near Salt Lake City in Utah and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Conservation Restoration Ecology. During my time there, I conducted undergraduate research on how to best utilize the intraspecific genetic diversity of bulrush plants of the Read more…

Changing Seasons

When spring came to Cordova, there were Varied Thrushes whistling like flutes in the trees, Steller’s Jays squawking harshly, Dusky Geese and Trumpeter Swans honking at Eyak Lake, and of course, large flocks of sandpipers and dunlins whirring past on the mud flats of Hartney Bay.  After the nesting period ended Read more…

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…