Yukon in Pictures

As fall peeks around the corner, and I settle into my mountain-free, Nebraska existence, I can’t help but look back with longing upon the untamed bounty of these past summer months. Yukon, you’ll always have a place in one of the wilder portions of my heart. Advertisements

The Road to Skagway

After a particularly frustrating day in the field that involved some very uncooperative sparrows and a stowaway ground squirrel in our engine (he was fine, just relocated to the bottom of the mountain), we decided to get away from Whitehorse for a day or two and sample some golden crowned sparrow populations abroad. The next morning…

Yukon – A Day in the Field

Over the past few weeks the mountain has slowly shifted from spring into summer. Snow has melted into muddy puddles, purple patches of lupine are slowly replaced by yellow cinquefoil, and the number of layers we strip off throughout the day has increased.

Yukon – First Impressions

I arrived at the airport just after midnight. My plane had chased the setting sun north from Vancouver, British Columbia to my final destination Whitehorse, Yukon. Outside, it looked like dusk had only just begun to settle in. I wouldn’t see anything darker for the next two months. This was Yukon, land of the midnight…

Into Namibia

I first glimpsed Africa through a minute airplane window two seats and an aisle away. A irritable woman guarded the small pane of glass and matched each of my curious glances through it with pointed glares back in my direction. I didn’t care. It would take more than a few annoyed looks to diminish the excitement…

Shark Tagging with RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

This past semester I have begun interning for RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. It is a spectacular program that blends research and outreach by bringing citizens, particularly high school students on shark tagging expeditions where they get to assist in the collection of data for current shark research. What follows is my account of a recent…

Shoals Marine Lab – A Marine Biologist’s Paradise

Spending two summer weeks on an island off the coast of Maine sounds like paradise. Factor in classes that stretch from sunrise to well past sunset, four a.m. seagull cat fights outside your window, and a toilet shared by 13 that no one is allowed to flush, somehow it’s still paradise. Welcome to Shoals Marine…