Counting birds is harder than its sounds when your place of observation is the ocean, not a bird feeder. This week’s photo features Brian Hoover of the Vertebrate Ecology Lab up in Alaska looking for a clue – to what drives seabird distribution, that is. Brian and Nate Jones, a Drop-In regular, spent several weeks on the Bering Sea this summer recording where and when they spotted seabirds, as well as gathering data on bird prey and oceanography patterns.
If you have a good caption for this illustrious researcher hard at work, submit it as a comment. We’ll post our favorite!
Just what kinds of birds might Brian be counting? Check out Nate’s previous posts on the Bering Sea to find out!