Tag Archives: birds

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz

By Jackie Lindsey, Vertebrate Ecology Lab We are just breaths away from the first day of spring, and the wildlife of Moss Landing, CA is in a flurry. High above the the heads of kayakers and sea otters in Elkhorn Slough, birds have started … Continue reading

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Check out the R/V Pt. Sur Blog!

The research vessel Pt. Sur has nearly completed its 8,000 mile journey to Antarctica! While crossing the Drake Passage, the crew was able to capture some great photos of the wildlife they observed.  Check out the Pt. Sur Blog to … Continue reading

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Sheer Numbers of Shearwaters

Monterey Bay is not only a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world, it is also a destination spot for animals from across the globe.  Some animal visitors swim the distance, like the leatherback sea turtles that journey … Continue reading

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Birdwatching on the Morning Drive

I have been in traffic while driving toward Moss Landing from Santa Cruz more often then I prefer.  I have noticed Snowy Egrets, (Egretta thula), standing as still at statues around the wetland areas, almost at Moss Landing.  It’s nice to … Continue reading

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Fishing for seabirds II

How DO marine ornithologists catch the birds they study?  Sometimes, it’s just like catching fish! Of course, first you’ve got to find the birds.  The oceans are HUGE expanses.  They can be difficult to navigate, and birds can fly literally … Continue reading

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Fishing for sea birds

Everyone knows how you catch a fish:   With a net, or with a pole, right? But, how do marine scientists manage to catch sea birds?  Can’t they just “fly away”? Of course, most species can do just that!  So, how … Continue reading

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Icy Spring Time

It’s early June, and there’s still ice in the Bering Sea!  This year the seasonal ice cover has persisted late into the “spring” time.  Much later than in recent years.  In fact, it hasn’t felt much like springtime here on … Continue reading

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Bering Sea surveys resume

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab The seasonal ice is breaking up, and it’s time once again for oceanographers to motor out into the Bering Sea to check the vital signs of the rich sub-arctic.  This summer Brian Hoover and … Continue reading

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Searching for missing penguins and avoiding projectile bird vomit

by Kristen Green, Ichthyology Lab Before leaving my Antarctic camp last spring, we still had biological work to do which was a welcome break from the monotony of packing. The first was a last ditch effort to retrieve the last … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Here’s Looking at – Who?

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 … Continue reading

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