Like the mighty Eagle, I spent the summer at EB Forsythe NWR, and that’s pretty much where the similarities end… although I did spend a lot of time catching birds and hanging out near the water.
In my attempt to clear up my lifelong backlog of photographs, I’m starting to hit larger topics, events, etc… Some so large, in fact, that they would be a little daunting to tackle all at once and, with my track record of never being satisfied with things…
This summer’s project: conducting American Oystercatcher field work for a Rutgers post-doc at the E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (henceforth called the Refuge). My work on the project stretched over a twelve-week period from mid-April through mid-July and the amount of photography I was turning out was heavy at times, light at other times. So without further ado, here is the first group of images with many more to follow. These images were all taken from April 19th through April 22nd (which doesn’t seem like a lot of time but slow and steady wins the race).
On April 19th, I arrived at the Refuge for the first time ever where I met Tom, a post-doc from Rutgers who has spent years studying the American Oystercatcher (AMOY) in New Jersey, and Allison, a recent career switcher who would be my partner for the next several months. We talked about the project, met some Refuge staff (Sandy, Vinnie, and Jeff to start), and took a tour of the loop.
When I first moved into the volunteer house, Colby was the only other resident, so we each had our own floor’s worth of space. We also hosted a guy named Doug, the videographer for the NWR system who was visiting to get some footage of the Refuge in every season of the year. Having an interest in video, I asked Doug if I could tag along with him and see how he works. After a little hesitation, Doug agreed and we drove around looking for neat subjects (I was, of course, pushing hard for birds).