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January 20, 2020

As we enter into a new decade, I feel it is only appropriate to nod my head at the accomplishments of 2019. I ended the year with five papers in the peer-review process resulting in one publication and three acceptances for publication. I'm still working to resubmit th...

October 9, 2018

So I have been home exactly 48 hours and being in the Amazon already feels like a dream. This was my third season and we accomplished a lot in 10 weeks. First, we ran three censuses to resight banded skimmers and terns in Manu. Check. Found quite a few from last year a...

July 15, 2018

Today is our last day in Cusco. The team is all assembled and we are completing final shopping and getting in last minute tourist stuff for those who have never been to Cusco. We've spent the last couple of days going through things and shopping for necessities and cat...

May 10, 2018

The time is drawing nearer for departure to Manu and I am starting to get really excited to go back. You never realize how much you miss a place until you get ready to return to it once again. My crew for the season is all arranged and eagerly awaiting our departure. I...

April 13, 2018

A few great things have happened lately that I want to talk about. First, the Elegant Terns I have been tracking all winter made it back to Isla Rasa, Mexico and Southern California. The elegants wintered in northern Peru near Piura with the exception of one that decid...

February 7, 2018

It is early February and I have already begun the process of planning for fieldwork in the Amazon again. This upcoming season will be longer to catch the full breeding season and I am planning to double my crew. Dalia Ruiz will be returning with me and I am in the proc...

June 1, 2017

The Elegant Tern or Charran elegante is a crested tern that is considered by the IUCN to be listed as near threatened due to the fact that it has a very restricted breeding range. Besides Isla Rasa, there are only three other locations in Southern California that the t...

April 20, 2017

As I sit here writing this blog, I am also quietly jumping for joy! My terns made the re-tern trip to Californa (yes, sorry for the pun) and are getting ready for the breeding season to begin. All indications are that California may again have a big year as there is no...

April 11, 2017

The Amazon River basin is a vast area covering about 40% of the South American continent, and it is responsible for about 20% of the world's fresh water. The hydrology is based on a wet-dry system that coupled with precipitation patterns can create very diverse microha...

April 7, 2017

We are getting ready to hit the road with fundraising for our Amazon Skimmer project!

Check it out at https://experiment.com/projects/where-do-amazonian-waterbirds-go-when-the-rivers-flood

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