Back in the saddle again!

In mid-March, after finishing up in Nebraska at the AFO meeting, I flew to Salt Lake, picked up a jeep, and drove down to Lake Havasu City where Anne and I joined the Great Basin Bird Observatory on their Lower Colorado River Multi-species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP).

A crew of a dozen or so biologists and field techs joined up for nearly a month of training and trail clearing before the actual surveys began. Here are some pictures from the first couple weeks…

 

Anne on the walk at the Bill Williams NWR HQ

 

 

 

 

The limits of the Sonoran

 

 

 

 

Field techs at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave teaching Anne about wolfberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field techs by an irrigation canal

 

 

 

 

Wilson's Warbler (WIWA)

 

 

 

 

WIWA

 

 

 

 

WIWA

 

 

 

 

BCHU

 

 

 

 

AMAV pair

 

 

 

 

BNST

 

 

 

 

AMAV

 

 

 

 

BNST

 

 

 

 

RUDU

 

 

 

 

AMCOs chasing each other around

 

 

 

 

A brood of Mallard ducklings

 

 

 

 

BCHU

 

 

 

 

HOFI

 

 

 

 

Yuma prison, the Ocean-to-Ocean, and the Colorado

 

 

 

 

Colorado at sunrise

 

 

 

 

Border blimps in a high-speed chase

 

 

 

 

Dawn and I at Pittsburgh point, photographed by Dan

 

 

 

 

Me, birding

 

 

 

 

LHC at sunset

 

 

 

 

LHC at sunset

 

 

 

 

LHC at sunset

 

 

 

 

LHC at sunset

 

 

 

 

Field techs in the field: some planning logistics and others birding.

 

 

 

 

Discussing maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Techs in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pluym on Pluym Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Nicosia recording data

 

 

 

 

Jethro ready to roll

 

 

 

 

Nathan posing as a mannequin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHC sunset at the lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rufous Hummer in the spring

 

 

 

 

Here's one place where the Rufous actually looks camouflaged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTGY in Salix sp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene from Apocalypse Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the East Wetlands in Yuma, looking towards Laguna Dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge, at the time of its construction, was the only crossing on the Colorado for 1200 miles. It was part of the Pike's Peak Ocean-to-Ocean Highway that was a direct competitor to the Lincoln Highway.

 

 

 

 

 

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