OK so its been over a month and hopefully that NEVER happens again! But I will make it up to you by my impressive one day total (a lifetime high for me but hopefully I will out-do myself soon!).
It was Bioblitz day at Odiorne State Park on the Seacoast of NH so I spent most of my day IDing birds with all of the birders. I even had a few that I called first (a good feeling indeed).
Then in the evening a few of us headed over to Exeter to check out a Red Phalarope that was reported and we sure enough saw it! It was in the waste water treatment plant with a bunch of Green and Blue Winged Teal, Mallards, and a Ruddy Duck.
Some of the other highlights of the day including releasing a bird (A Northern Waterthrush) from a mist-net after the banders measured it (they also had a Magnolia Warbler when I was there which was very neat to examine so closely). This was right after we called out a Virginia Rail from the marsh AND saw my first ever Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow.
I had a great time with friends and also ID'ed plants and shared some of my botanical knowledge around.
I have a huge passion for Baseball, Birds, and Botany (actually anything that begins with B). I recently graduated with my M.S. in Plant Biology. I currently teach freshman biology labs and also work for a non-profit in New Hampshire.
“Personally, I believe that there is a divine spark in us that binds us to the rest of creation, not merely as fellow creatures but as caretakers, with an earthly responsibility like the one we imagined for God. I’m not saying you can’t be a conservationist without this feeling — it’s just harder for me to understand what we owe the ivory-billed woodpecker without it.” - Jonathan Rosen
"Getting out into the field is not a means to the end, it itself is the end" - Jonathan Rosen
"In order to change the world we must first change our consciousness of it" - Jonathan Rosen