Shorebirds of Newport, OR

If I had any doubts about my assimilation in Oregon, I confirmed my total transformation into a local yesterday afternoon by foraging a nature trail for berries. In season are the  Himalayan blackberries, an invasive fruiting plant that has taken hold of the coast. In...

Moving Rocks

The shorebirds are coming in by the hundreds! I have never had to count so many birds in one sitting or location. I was extremely overwhelmed by the large quantity and variation of shorebirds at the Blanca Wetlands for the fall migration! After a couple...

Looking Good For Least Terns

This week I participated in a walk-through of the Least Tern site in Venice, and we counted 53 nests! Most of the nests have been around for about two weeks, and they usually hatch at about three weeks. Then, it takes the chicks another twenty...

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...

One HOOT of a week!!

Busy busy week!!! This week not only did I work in the office, but also had some great hands on training. This is what my week looked like: Monday  Work from 10am-6p.m. Organize macro data from the past ten years into a more easily understood and more easily...

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,...

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...

Least Tern Number Increase

The past couple of weeks I have been monitoring the Least Tern site, later in the day for a couple of hours on most days. Early in the breeding season there were a lot of Least Terns using the Venice site that I monitor, but...