Birds

07/23
2014

The Importance of Bird Banding

Now is the time of year when many bird observatories begin their fall banding season, placing sometimes thousands of uniquely numbered aluminum bands on birds all across the continent. Why… Read more »




07/18
2014

Banding Songbirds of the Seward Peninsula Part 1: The Boreal Forest

The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) of Anchorage has been conducting land-bird research on the Seward Peninsula of northwestern Alaska for over two decades. One of the current research projects seeks… Read more »




07/06
2014

An Alaskan Specialty: the Aleutian Tern

One North American tern species resides solely in Alaska: the Aleutian Tern, Onychophrion aleuticus. Terns have always been one of my favorite photography subjects and upon reaching the Seward Peninsula… Read more »




06/12
2014

Growth of Young Gyrfalcon Nestlings

*** I am currently in Nome, Alaska working on The Peregrine Fund’s Gyrfalcon Conservation Project with Boise State University graduate student Bryce Robinson. You can read more about this project… Read more »




06/04
2014

Three Nests in Two Days

The helicopter lifted off, disappearing into the thick, oppressive fog just as quickly as it had arrived. My colleague and I were thus left alone on the tundra, 85 miles… Read more »




05/25
2014

Shorebird Explosion

Well it’s official: the shorebirds have arrived in Nome, Alaska. We had been seeing a scattering of shorebirds for a few weeks now but on the evenings of May 21st… Read more »




05/23
2014

Gyrfalcons, Ptarmigan and Climate Change

One of the key goals of The Peregine Fund’s Gyrfalcon Conservation Project is to study the effects of climate change on the arctic and subarctic ecosystems by using the Gyrfalcon… Read more »




05/17
2014

Arctic Tern Courtship

Yesterday my buddy Bryce and I took a day off from Gyrfalcon nest searching to do some birding around Nome. The weather was extremely dreary and foggy, making it near-impossible… Read more »




05/12
2014

Studying Gyrfalcons in Alaska

This summer I have the privilege of working with the largest species of falcon in the world: the Gyrfalcon. Latin name, Falco rusticolus. Gyrfalcons are a circumpolar raptor, breeding in… Read more »




04/25
2014

Rare Capture at Hakalau NWR

Check out Hawaii Forest Bird Demographic Project’s rare capture of the ‘Akiapola’au (rare endemic Honeycreeper of Hawai’i). Learn more about the remarkable ‘Akiapola’au Hawai’i Forest Bird Demographic Project (HFBDP) is… Read more »