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 my personal effort to control Read more…

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 hours, I became used to Read more…

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…which was until this week! Somehow I went from a normal schedule of participating in surveys, purchasing materials, helping out where I could, and piecing together the upcoming festival, to SWFL surveys, the Read more…

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 read Excel format. Read more…

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, anxiously waiting to embark on Read more…

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 little difficult to not Read more…