Polar Bears: Water, (Open) Water, Everywhere

Polar Bears: Water, (Open) Water, Everywhere

I have just returned from the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, where we began fieldwork for our new study of denning polar bears. Admittedly, I was completely bowled over[…..]

Local Teenagers Visit Cocha Cashu

Local Teenagers Visit Cocha Cashu

If you’re a Peruvian secondary school student and you’ve lived most of your life in the rain forest, what is your favorite dish? Here are a couple of clues: it’s[…..]

Co-existence with a Powerful Force

Co-existence with a Powerful Force

The life of a plover is not an easy one. Western snowy plovers face many hardships from the day they hatch until adulthood. Most western snowy plovers hatch on the[…..]

Observing Behavior in the Wild

Observing Behavior in the Wild

My favorite part of the fieldwork I do (see: A Night with the Pocket Mouse Field Crew)  is watching the pocket mice, kangaroo rats, and other small mammals in the[…..]

CSI: Coronado

CSI: Coronado

I never expected to gain detective skills on the California least tern and western snowy plover project. As field biologists, our observation skills are critical in assessing nest success, chick[…..]