If there’s a single most important part of processing the bird, it’s making sure to get it banded. This red-headed woodpecker is rocking his size 2 USGS federal band as well as three color bands so I can identify and study him from a distance without capturing him again.

It’s important to collect all of your data swiftly, grab photo documentation, and get the bird back to the wild, but what if the animal is stressed and there isn’t time? Just band it. Adding a unique marker means you can get all the data you need later, when the bird is feeling better.

One of the most important parts of being a good field biologist is respecting and closely monitoring the wellbeing of your animals! I only pause for photos and video on healthy birds, and make sure to constantly check for signs of stress (puffing, eye closing, reduced activity).


The Sounds of Indigenous Language Revitalization - the LSA plenary talk by Colleen Fitzgerald is now online in full

Submission: Here’s some cute! During fieldwork this morning I caught a little second year (as of Jan. 1, that is) red-headed woodpecker. By the time he’s gone through another molt cycle, his head will be a full glossy red!

Oh, wow. What a unique stage to see him in! He looks so unenthused. 

The notebook lies at the outer reaches of language and order. It lies at the outer reaches of language in its ungrammatical jottings and staccato burps and hiccups. And it lies at the outer limits of order because it represents the chance pole of a collection, rather than the design pole. It is more open to chance than the diary, for example, which is ordered by the wheel of time. In other words, the notebook page is all interstices - impossible but true.
—  Michael Taussig, “Fieldwork Notebooks”, p10-11.

Steller’s eider (Polysticta stelleri) drake and hen

The Steller’s eider is the smallest of four eider species, and lives its entire life in the Arctic. They breed on the northernmost coasts of Russia and Alaska, and winter in the Bering sea, where they hunt for small mollusks and other marine invertebrates.

This striking sea duck is also facing a steep decline; it is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and as vulnerable by the IUCN. This is because the Russian population is declining slowly, while the North American population is in dire straits. Although they used to breed all over the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and North Slope of Alaska, the North American breeding population is now restricted to a handful of pairs in Barrow.


A few photos from Marojejy National Park, Madagascar. I am currently sitting on a bent tree surrounded by leaf litter, rainforest, the deafening cries of cicadas, and the occasional bird song and frog call. I’ve been in the forest for almost two weeks, and in that time we have found an absolutely incredible diversity of species, including at least ten new to science. It has been a wonderful trip so far. Regrettably, it will be cut short, and tomorrow will be my last day in the forest because of unbelievably stupid bureaucratic issues with our research permits (I should be in the forest another week!) so the next two nights are going to be intense, trying to fill gaps in our findings and answer some questions as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The animals in order of appearance:
Platypelis/Cophyla sp. cf. noromalalae
Sanzinia madagascariensis
Boophis roseipalmatus
Uroplatus cf. fimbriatus
Parastenophis betsileanus
Uroplatus lineatus
Brookesia griveaudi

Arsonist’s Lullaby [2]

Summary: You are a pyrokinetic, being sought after by both Hydra and the Avengers. What will become of you?

Bucky Barnes X enhanced!Reader [eventually]

Word Count: 1689

Warnings: Angst, Mentions of Cancer, Death. 

A/N: Here’s part 2! As always feedback would be amazing, as this is quite different from my other stories. It’s going to be a slow burn for now at least (no pun intended). Please let me know if you want to be tagged, or untagged! :)

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