International Migratory Bird Day Back Home in Lafayette, Colorado

[caption id="attachment_8441" align="alignright" width="300"] Live raptors was one of the main attractions at the event this year.[/caption] This last weekend was really fun. It was also really hot. 91 degrees in late September, but the heat didn't keep many from coming out to the second IMBD...

My Summer Internship in Oregon Has Come and Gone

The summer has come and gone, and I am finishing my last week at the park. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area quickly became a second home, and I'm sad to say goodbye. I can tell I will be homesick the moment I leave the Oregon...

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey

Even though my shorebird surveys are over, I'm happy that there are still opportunities to get involved in other types of surveys.  One of my survey volunteers recently told me about the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey.  COASST organizes citizen scientists to monitor beach-seabird carcasses at...

Diversity in the Environmental Movement

"Pueden contestar en Español" a burst of hands go up as suddenly, students who were too shy to participate, began to raise their hands in excitement. I felt so proud to see so many children that were enthusiastic about speaking Spanish. At the end of our...

It’s Been Over Five Years!

It has been a very exciting week regarding the Least Terns! We have spotted Least Tern chicks for the first time in over five years and we have set up a fence within the exclosure to keep the chicks from going out of the exclosure....

Memory Trippin’

Wow. Five months have flown by faster than a diving Peregrine falcon. Now I'm here reflecting on the days when my mind wasn't dominated by bird puns and dreams of field work. Five months ago I was still freezing in the bitter winter of Virginia,...

Nest Dragging

When I was told I would be nest dragging this week I pictured me dragging a a nest away from it mother. Well that is not what happened. We tied a long rope along our waists and walked ten miles in knee-deep water. As the...