Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hello Adirondacks!

Hello! We've started our job as Marten Research Technicians here in the Adirondacks and must say we are having an amazing time. So far, we've trapped ~10 martens and are looking forward to the first big snow to start backtracking, snow shoeing, and using snowmobiles. The scenery here is fabulous and we arrived just in time to see the end of the fall colors. We are working with a great crew and are overwhelmed at the amount of outdoor activities available around the area. Hiking, fishing, kayaking, climbing, skiing! name it. It seems the landscape has more lakes than land. Lots to say, but that will have to wait for another day. Until then, enjoy the pictures...

the lake in our backyard!

Measuring, weighing, etc.

Yes, that little guy has a hand warmer he's holding onto.

They sound like Ewoks.... perhaps George Lucas got his sound bites for Star Wars right here in Newcomb New York.

Each marten has had its own personality....most, however have been very clever and vocal. We bait the traps with raspberry jelly and it seems some of the martens are fiends for it. Over the past week or so we have caught one of our martens four times.

A very timid Marten video.

Our home :) Very spacious 2 bedroom cabin, giant living room, kitchen, bathroom, complete with a view of the lake seen above which we kayak on.

Road within the Adirondack Ecological Center that leads to our cabin.
Here's a link to the Center and all of it's research....

Monday, October 05, 2009

Goodbye American West. Hello New England.

Goodbye Shiras Moose!

Goodbye Wilderness Cabins

Goodbye Teton Sunsets

Goodbye Teton Sunrises

Goodbye Bison

Goodbye Waterfalls

Goodbye Wilderness

Goodbye meandering Yellowstone River

Goodbye Bear hangs

Sad to say so long to Wyoming and its amazing wilderness. It was definitely a job we will not soon forget. What a great summer :)

In a few days we will be saying hello to the Adirondacks for American Pine Martin research. They are a carnivorous member of the weasel family and prey upon the American Red Squirrel as well as fish, frogs, and insects. They also eat some fruit and veggies. We are very excited about our new endeavor and can't wait to see a new part of the country and drive across it during the peak fall colors! You can expect lots of pictures and stories in the months to come. We will be in Newcomb NY until the end of March 2010.


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