Sunday, February 9, 2014

Point Blue Conservation Science and me (hint: it's about birds)

I was Judy For a Day yesterday, when I joined a group of birders (who eyed me suspiciously when I didn't know the distinguishing traits of a Bell's sparrow (they might even belong to Judy)). An ornithologist from Point Blue Conservation Science headed up the crew, and banded six stunned suspect sparrows. I took honest-to-goodness research notes. And drove sparrows into a net. I felt a little guilty. We were Bullies For Science.

I'm putting some pictures on here. Please note: I'm doing this in the out-of-doors, and I can't see picture quality for quack. They may just be quack, I don't know. Sorry.

Buckeye Regional Park (Buckeye Recreation Area)

We were in the field by dawn. No, I don't believe it, either. I slept in my clothes.

Michael is The Hand. 
Michael held the birds for photos in front of a whiteboard. The birds don't struggle or flail, and some seemed willing to smolder and work it. No duckface. I told Michael he was a good fluffer; everyone but Michael thought that was funny. Sorry, dude. This is what happens when you recruit riff-raff.

Convincing shadow-bird.

Chris, the lead, took measurements and I recorded them. The birds got banded and released.

I got good suggestions about my solar issues, and I'm still processing them. Thank you for taking the time to mention things.

My last post ran afoul of the feed gods again. Another tweak; let's see what happens now. I'll bet it's good!

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Sue Soaring Sun said...

What a cool experience! Thanks for sharing it.

Jan Goldfield said...

You made it to Feedly. Took a few hours, but here you are. Fluffer. Funny.

Good Luck Duck said...

My pleasure, Sue.

It took a while for my prostration to appease Feedly, Jan.

Dave said...

Roxi, Thanks for letting me know about my followers link not working. Did some research and found that others have had the problem, not a wide-spread problem. The fix is to delete it, add it in a different location on your blog, test it, then move it back to where you wanted it. It seems to be working fine now. --Dave (

Good Luck Duck said...

Good - glad you got it figured out! Blogger wants us to never be bored.

Me and My Dog . . . and My RV said...

I'm amazed the birds would just sit there and not try to fly away. That's pretty cool. :)

Sherry said...

Those pictures are definitely NOT quackers. But I am stunned at the thought of you up BEFORE DAWN even to do something as cool as this. And how did you get selected?? They had heard of your heavy scientific background? Sure is a cute bird you all are abusing here.

Good Luck Duck said...

Me, too, Barbara. I was afraid it would all be a flap.

Sherry, the interview process was rigorous and competitive. I showed up and announced that I'm unskilled. Chris said "You're in!"

Gaelyn said...

OMG, I didn't know you are a birder.

Good Luck Duck said...

I'm not, Gaelyn. It was just a chance to do something I wouldn't normally do, so I did!