The past few days I participated in seminars designed to help us learn skills we will need in the field, such as driving a vehicle off-road, obtaining blood samples from live birds, and climbing trees to reach nests. My favorite by far was the tree climbing seminar. Biologists use well-studied and applied techniques and climbing gear to reach the necessary heights to count, age, and band nestlings. I will be using this skill during my time in the field studying the Northern Goshawk.
There is something calming about being up in a tree. It is quieter. You feel sheltered, cradled almost, by the tree. At the same time, there’s an element of danger. You look down, and lose your breath. You look up, and the sun is filtering through the leaves, and patches of sky are inviting you onward. I can’t imagine what it will be like to reach a goshawk nest!!!
Every day I get more excited to get out into the field. More to come!