Some time ago, I read a paper about migratory birds who, when kept in cages during migration season, would stand facing the direction they wanted to go and repeatedly whirr their wings. I often feel like that. Ready, so ready, to get out there and explore.
Over the last few years, I have chased birds in the Namibian desert, roadtripped the southwestern United States, lived in the Galapagos Islands, and most recently spent my summer searching for sparrow nests on top of mountains in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
As a PhD student studying bird behavior I spend several months a year doing research in the field. And for the months not in the field, I try to spend as much time as possible backpacking, climbing, biking, and running – anything at all to be out under an open sky with the wind blowing through my hair.
As a scientist, adventurer and writer, I hope this blog gives a glimpse into my life as I travel the world to study its feathered inhabitants and satisfy my own migratory restlessness.