Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field

Follow Me is the place to read field dispatches from SCA members serving the planet all over the USA.

The Minnesota Odonata Survey, represented by its founder and most endearing expert, visited the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) this past Saturday. Kurt Mead, a master naturalist and author of the most comprehensive guides to Minnesota Dragonflies and Damselflies (Order Odonata) was holding a workshop on the refuge.

This week we have been focused on capturing an untagged sow and possibly her cubs. The sow has been getting in to packs and getting near developed areas too frequently. We would like to put a radio collar on the sow and at least tag the cubs.

Hello…my name is Whitney Kempfert and I am from Minnesootah. I grew up in the twin cities, but some of the best times in my life have been spent outdoors and in National Parks.

One of the great things about working for a park in the National Capital Region is the number of park service sites in such close proximity to one another- 46 to be exact!

This week was not exactly your average week up at Schoodic, not that any week up here can be defined as average. Even though this isn’t a typical week to start out by blog, it is just too good of a story not to tell.

This week was not exactly your average week up at Schoodic, not that any week up here can be defined as average. Even though this isn’t a typical week to start out by blog, it is just too good of a story not to tell.

I noticed the first acorn hit my house this morning. By the end of August they will be falling like rain and waking me up as they pelt the house. The acorns fall from oak trees and deer love to eat them. We regularly see large bucks grazing just outside our bathroom window.

I noticed the first acorn hit my house this morning. By the end of August they will be falling like rain and waking me up as they pelt the house. The acorns fall from oak trees and deer love to eat them. We regularly see large bucks grazing just outside our bathroom window.

The weather has finally decided to cool off here and the crew absolutely loves it! Since we’ve started, the temperature has ranged from the upper ninety’s to the triple digits, with a heat index this past Saturday of 110!

The weather has finally decided to cool off here and the crew absolutely loves it! Since we’ve started, the temperature has ranged from the upper ninety’s to the triple digits, with a heat index this past Saturday of 110!

Day 8 – Day 12:

For the past few days we have been doing pretty much the same thing. We have been lopping the main trail leading from the camp ground to the parking lot for the Lighting Lake trail head. We finished chopping wood and finished refurbishing the campsites. We also did some tread work along the trail. We built a stairway through a small creek and leveled out parts as well.

Before you begin following us this summer, we’d like you to meet the entire Valley Forge Crew. Here we are. The names, faces and basic info about us. The next step is bringing you along on our summer journey.

Alligator tagging; these two words contain a mix of emotions as they ring in my ear. Fear, excitement, anxiety, insane, crazy… I had never even seen an alligator until this summer, and now I have the opportunity to catch them in their own territory!? Crazy.

A couple nights ago, I actually partook in this adventure.

Alligator tagging; these two words contain a mix of emotions as they ring in my ear. Fear, excitement, anxiety, insane, crazy… I had never even seen an alligator until this summer, and now I have the opportunity to catch them in their own territory!? Crazy.

A couple nights ago, I actually partook in this adventure.

Here’s a video of our crew meeting for the first time at the airport. Hopefully, it’ll give you a sense of how a handful of young strangers can quickly become an essential support network for each other. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

Here’s a video of our crew meeting for the first time at the airport. Hopefully, it’ll give you a sense of how a handful of young strangers can quickly become an essential support network for each other. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

Greetings from Manning Park British Columbia!

We started our journey in Marblemount, WA where we toured the North Cascades National Park communications center and Wilderness Information Center. We then began the approximately 3 hour drive to British Columbia. The Canadian border guards must not have been in a good mood as we were stuck at the border for almost half an hour.

We’re officially done with brood surveys. As much as I enjoyed them, I must admit that I’m happy about NOT waking up at 3 AM every day. That was getting a bit rough, especially since we woke up for two days in a row at the beginning of the week only to have it canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Brood surveys really made me feel independent though.

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