Friday, May 29, 2009

Yukon Flats Part II (First Day in the Field)

April checking for a nest...
Our terrain...
I wonder why they call it Yukon Flats?
Frigid Coltsfoot...
Things are looking brighter...

Our first day was a little drizzly, but the temperatures stayed cool and the mosquitos were kept to a minimum. I was surprised how easy it was to travel across this area, whenever I look at Interior Alaska from a plane it appears to be a horrible swamp that would be impossible to travel in summer. This area was surprisingly dry (nothing above mid-calf) and the tussocks although plenty were not nearly as daunting as I originally thought. There are some advantages to being a field biologist. Our day was done at noon, just as the sun started to come out.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yukon Flats Part I (The Flight to Camp)

Leaving Fairbanks...

My Office is in the upper right hand corner of Creamer's Field...
Creamer's Farmhouse and Barns...
White Mountains...
Yukon Flats Rusty Blackbird and Scaup Crew Camp...
The plane I arrived in...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spring takes its sweet time to arrive, but when it does it is though it has happened overnight. I found this Pasque flower blooming in our yard last weekend and our birches are beginning to leaf out...

Also, Nicole is off to Yukon Flats for five days. Get ready for a brief return of Nicole on the Go!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Early A.M. Visitor

David found an American Kestral sitting on our deck this morning. He went off to sit on a garden post for a while before he determined our yard didn't have much for breakfast and moved on.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The News...

We got a new floor. Brody got a trim, and he made the front page of Latitude 65, Fairbanks weekly entertainment paper.