LTER Road Trip – Tracking Change in a Tidal Marsh

Samuel Kelsey and I sped quickly through the marsh in one of the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (PIE-LTER) site’s motor boats, zipping up our sweaters against the stiff ocean breezes despite the sunny skies of mid-June. The tide was low, and the brown marsh sides rose like miniature cliffs around us. Here and there, pieces…

10000 Birds – Clark’s Nutcrackers

In the fall of 2017, my mother and favorite birding buddy visited the mountains of Montana for a fishing trip. While hiking along a river, she spotted a large, gray and black bird on the branch of a tree. Upon returning, she raved about her new favorite species: the Clark’s Nutcracker. I’ve been dying to see…

CBA – Coastal Dune Lakes & Co-existing

In early May of 2018, Eastern Lake in Walton County burst through a sand barrier. Water rushed through the newly created opening into the Gulf of Mexico, mixing the brown-hued currents of the lake with the bright green waves of the saltwater. Eastern Lake was experiencing an outfall event. Read more in the Seaside Times!…