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...

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. ...

Searching for the Elusive Mist-Maiden

One of my favorite parts about this internship is getting to learn about the different facets of the Cordova Forest Service Station.  Apart from Wildlife projects, I sometimes get to lend a hand on projects with other crews.  The most recent project I've joined was...

Attack of the Slugs: Alaska’s Worst Nightmare

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="aligncenter" width="208"] I had no idea that conducting transect studies of the European Black Slug could be so deadly. The slugs even have sharp little fangs. "Slugs-film-poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia[/caption] The real European Black Slug, however, is not as frightening....

Chugach Children’s Forest

When I was told I'd be helping lead a Chugach Children's Forest expedition of high school students into the wilderness, I was more than a little nervous, to be honest.  I hadn't really been around kids that age, since I was a kid that age, and I...

A Guide to Copper River Eating

As soon as winter ended, I heard talk of people beginning to head for the trails to pick fiddleheads.  Fiddleheads are curious-looking ferns, but it was fun to go out and look for them.  One of my friends made a fiddlehead pesto that sounded delicious. ...

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...