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. ...

Variable conditions

As my internship comes to a close, I find myself spending [possibly] an obsessive amount of time looking at Field Technician positions.  Strolling through the different list-serves is eye-opening to the assortment of positions out there for biology nerds: a tech to search for dead...

‘Murre-ica

Eagles are to America as Murres are to Yaquina Head.Visitors come from all around the world to witness the natural and historical beauty of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Oftentimes, I stand on the observation deck of the lighthouse with my scope and look for...

The Newcomers

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing about myself in this blog. So, to shake things up for a change, thought you may be interested in a new subject: the up-and-coming professionals of the natural resources world. I hope you have your...

Kayak your worries away

[caption id="attachment_5697" align="alignright" width="250"] Here I am paddling through the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This stretch of the route shows the progress of restoration efforts. The left side of the refuge is a recent addition from a ranch tract that was donated 10 years...

“Put a bird on it!”

Some may beg to differ, though I like to believe that the show Portlandia is pretty dead on to the persona of Portland. Exaggerated, but accurate. Of all of the skits, the famed line "Put a bird on it," a tactic to make any mundane...

Let’s Speed It Up!

My speed went from 50 to about 100mph in roughly 2.2 seconds flat! Things were moving at a normal pace...

Oystercatcher woes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to observe some of the obstacles that the Black Oystercatchers, or BLOYs, face. It has been an eye-opening experience that really allowed me to see how many challenges other species face when it comes to reproduction. It’s a...