It Never Hurts To Say Hi

Semipalmated Plover roosting Hello everyone! Thanks for coming around to my blog again. I'm not sure if any of you have ever experienced the state of "time flies by when you're having fun" but that has been my state of being these...

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. ...

School’s Out!

We walked in the classroom, arranged the activity, and rushed down the hall to pick up the students; we all knew the drill by now! We had a few more students than expected, but after doing this so many times, we came prepared. This was...

Never Too Late For the Basics

“Heck yeah” I exclaimed right after being offered to take a Beginners Basics Bird Biology Course. Sure I can name a few birds and know a few terms, but it’s not quite the same as having a more in-depth knowledge about birds. Besides, I no...

Voices of Prince William Sound

There are a couple sounds I haven't heard since I've moved to Alaska. I haven't heard sirens. I haven't heard the steady rumbling of the 60 freeway. I haven't even heard an ice cream truck or the afternoon call of the elotero man. Alaska, instead,...

Rehearsal for owl calls

HONK Immediately, we started giggling. We couldn’t help ourselves. The swan’s honk broke the steady silence of the dark, cold night. We were in a pull-off near Mile 10 on the Copper River Highway and I could see only a few stars speckled here and there...

Welcome to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

[caption id="attachment_6509" align="alignright" width="300"] How many Dark-eyed Juncos do you see?[/caption] I thought I knew a great deal about invasive species until I saw a nutria swim across a wetland at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  It was a gorgeous morning without a single cloud...

Christmas Bird Count

It's my first one and I don't know what to wear! kidding, though it is my first one and I'm not sure how they go. Next month I will be participating in my first ever Christmas Bird Count. Does one get a participation award even...