Tomorrow is the first day of school. My summer whirlwind of juggling work and home responsibilities, packing and traveling and participating in an amazing research project are coming to an end and…
As I had mentioned in one of my earlier journal entries, I had to miss one of the summer center programs that I normally teach since the session got underway right around the time that I needed to…
My father kindled my interest in birds when I was a boy. He would take my brothers and me up to the local hawk watch site on Hook Mountain in the lower Hudson Valley of New York State. We'd see red…
 High above the sea on the cliffs at Zapadni Dip or as we call it "Zap Dip", we get to observe the ebb and flow of life around the edge of the southern Bering Sea. Each day that we come…
Sitting, just sitting still in a natural area for an extended period of time offers one a glimpse into the natural world that goes completely unobserved when a person is in motion, no matter how fast…
One of the unexpected pleasures of this experience has been the opportunity to work with so many people that are engaged in important research projects here on St. Paul Island. While I am here to…
We do a lot of things to study these birds. I've discussed how we deploy technological tools to track their movements; that we set up observation posts to look at their time both at and away from…
The kittiwake season has ended. The last of the GPS units was collected today, tracks were recorded and the winter data loggers have been left attached to their legs. The devices will record the…
Several years ago, I had the good fortune to be hired on as an Instructor for a few summers, at the National Audubon Society's Ecology Camp on Hog Island near Bremen, Maine. We would bring students…
 The team working on Crested Auklets needed an extra hand today and asked if I'd be willing to help out. Of course, I jumped at the chance! Although Crested Auklets are fairly common breeders on St…
While on the beach today working on the Black-legged Kittiwake project, I was truly struck by the number of seabirds that went streaming on by. Several years ago, I drove down to Virginia Beach, VA…
As I've mentioned in earlier journal entries, most of our seabird work here in the Pribilofs is with the Black-legged Kittiwake and Thick-billed Murres. These birds share this island with many other…