Photos

From the Field

Spring field work at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS)

April – May 2016

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Baiting potter traps with millet
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A good day!
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Our intrepid leader, Dr. Beth MacDougall Shackleton
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Collecting nail clippings for isotopic analysis
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My amazing lab mate, Tosha Kelly (PhD candidate)
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Collecting field recordings for analysis of male singing consistency in relation to malaria infection status
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Dream Team: We caught over 90 Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia aka SOSP)!
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…all work and no play…
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May snowfall at Queens University Biological Station
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Frosted spider web
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Artistic Interlude at Bracken field site pt. 1
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Artistic Interlude pt. 2
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Artistic Interlude pt. 3

 

Audio equipment nerd-out!

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The recording gear I covet pt. 1
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The recording gear I covet pt. 2

 

Privileged to be teaching a field course at Grasslands National Park (SK) and the Thrall Ranch near Magrath (AB) – Behavioural Ecology in the Prairie Grasslands

May – June 2016

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Post-GNP natural and cultural history hike with the ever-popular Joanne Janelle
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Joanne Janelle holding an endangered greater short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) at GNP (juvenile – unusual for the time of year!)
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Invasive burdock (Arctium minus) removal with Parks Canada staff
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Bison natural history hike with the famous Wes Olson
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Free-roaming plains bison (Bison bison bison)
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Students monitoring black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) at GNP
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Endless and beautiful prairie skies at GNP
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Travel stop at Writing-on-Stone
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Writing-on-Stone
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Blair Firstrider and Kathy Jackson generously sharing Traditional Knowledge & Teachings with the field course
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End-of-course field trip to Waterton National Park

 

Summer field work at QUBS and the rare Charitable Research Reserve (Cambridge ON)

July – August 2016

QUBS

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Catching SOSP at QUBS in July!
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The glamour of field work
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A field-first – SOSP lays egg in trap!
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Late-season adult SOSP plumage is looking ragged (pre-moult)
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By-catch: Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) – a lifer for me!

rare Charitable Research Reserve

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view of my new field site at rare
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by-catch: female Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
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My lovely volunteer Bridget O’Flaherty (UWO) holds her first SOSP
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We caught 17 birds!
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The wonderful Ross Dickson hard at work surveying passerines at rare CRR
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American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
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Penultimate day of field work ends in leading a birding hike during rare’s annual public BioBlitz!