“Bird Songs and Sunrises”

Today, I would like to take the opportunity to reblog something written by my friend, Cody Pytlak.

Bird Songs and Sunrises – A Field Technician’s Experience of the 2014 Spring Shifts (Part 1)

In this post, Cody writes about his experience working for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), an experience that I also shared.  Working for the ABMI was incredibly rewarding, and this summer remains in my mind as one of the funnest, brightest, and, at times, most challenging.  Every day during spring protocol, my partner and I would get up between 2:30 – 3:00 AM to ensure that we arrived at site center a half hour before dawn.  This, at times, required stumbling around for 1-2 km in darkness while carrying lots of things on your back and in your hands.  Despite the early hours, the barbed wire fences, occasional inclement weather, and the burden of dragging around a large backpack filled with expensive and heavy recording equipment, there was a certain stillness and peace.  In the field, you are completely alone for as far as you can see (with the exception of your partner, and the odd cow, deer, or coyote).  The prairies can seemingly go on forever to the naked eye, and it’s beautiful.  Below, are some of my Instagram shots.

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