Thursday, August 30, 2007
I said I would post more pictures of what exactly it was we did to those ducks out at Minto Flats, so here's one. Here I am holding a Mallard for another Tech to get a tracheal swab--one of the ways to test for Avian Influenza. Note the extremely wide-brimmed hat. I got teased about it, but it was REALLY sunny out there.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I was asked about the living conditions out at Minto--given it was a remote location accessible by float plane, it seemed likely that conditions were rather primitive. I was surprised to arrive and find a great big cabin, propane stove, generator-run freezer, etc! We each had a tent for sleeping quarters but the cabin was great to hang out in. There were only four of us working most of the time but there was a one week period where some researchers from UAF came out and we had nine. As you can see it got a bit crowded. We did joke about eating in shifts.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I worked for the AK Dept. of Fish and Game on a duck banding/Avian Influenza project. We banded and tested almost 1,100 Teal, Pintails and Mallards. As you can see, Mallards have cute feet! Our camp site was at Minto Lake, and I had my first float plane trip to get there. More pics to follow. Here's a few of some local Trumpeter Swans and Sand Hill Cranes.