... but storms come in fast, so the first task is always make sure the team has shelter. These tents, thin canvas and nylon are all the shelter they get from relentless winds and biting arctic cold -30C. #arctic#climatechange#fieldwork
Last week guest speaker Wendi Pillars (@wendipillars) took us on a fantastic journey of the mind to the Arctic world of St. Lawrence Island. She showed us around with snapshots and stories of the Siberian Yupiks, the island’s inhabitants. The Yupiks' subsistence culture depends on a close, respectful relationship with the sea and local wildlife, a relationship that’s being devastated by climate change. Wendi shared images of native seabirds and discussed how climate change is altering their migration and hindering their survival. Thanks for sharing your story Wendi. Thanks for reminding us that global warming affects people, their lives, and their culture in an indelible way. #WASmeeting#siberianyupik#stlawrenceisland#savoonga#crestedauklet
1 52 hours ago
Up silver creek on the scent of giant sequoia #fbf
What did you dream of as a child? For me, it was dolphins, including the group’s biggest member—killer whales. I spent countless hours in my basement at a discarded typewriter my dad found for me while taking a load of someone’s unwanted possessions to the dump. In my free time, I read books and typed reports on dolphins and whales. I dressed up as a marine biologist for career days, which entailed me carrying around my V-tech computer (which was covered in dolphin stickers) and presenting my reports. Yes, I was and am a nerd 😊 🐳
As I grew older, I believed the voices that said my dream was impractical and inferior to a career that involved serving people. I spent my college years studying pre-med and psychology. But when life circumstances forced me to take a break from a doctoral program, life gave me the greatest gift—time to realize that I wasn’t wasting any more in the pursuit of my dream to study cetaceans (the order that includes dolphins and whales). 🐳💛🐬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After reaching out to countless research projects around the world, my dream came true last summer when I interned with the Wild Dolphin Project—the longest running underwater dolphin research project in the world! That’s me standing on the bow of that boat, and in three and a half months, I’ll be heading back there with my camera ready to study Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. I am grateful beyond words for this opportunity and my heart is bursting with joy that I get to live my dream. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from pursuing yours 🌊✨🐬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📷: @bethanyaugliere ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
La mejor forma de empezar este año ... 🐦💚 Trabajando con la colonia de Guanay en Punta San Juan. Este estudio se inició en el 2017 donde colocamos GPS a más de 50 adultos, este año continuamos con esta investigación colocando hasta ahora más de 40 aparatos. Esta información servirá para conocer donde se alimentan, que tan lejos tienen que volar y que tan profundo tienen que bucear para conseguir alimento en su temporada reproductiva. Gracias a estos datos se podrá proponer una mayor área de protección marina para esta y otras especies que dependen de tan pocos recursos marinos (p.e. Anchoveta) y tienen que lidiar con la depredación, el cambio climático y las actividades antrópicas (p.e. Pesca industrial). Feliz de tener a los mejores mentores (Rosana Paredes y Carlos Zavalaga), a toda la familia del Programa Punta San Juan (Susana Cardenas y Marco Cardeña) y al mejor equipo de campo (Diego González y Maite Arangüena) en este proyecto tan bonito y satisfactorio!!! 😍
Una vez me dijeron que hacer conservación marina no valía la pena ... JA JA JA
Seguiré cumpliendo mis sueños 💪💙
What winter? Thailand was the destination this month for CCNY students studying Tropical Ecology and Conservation with Prof. David Lohman (right) and partners from Prince of Songkla University
🌎 Let me just pretend to be a geologist for 5 seconds so I can share this beautiful mountain with you. There are 2 main mountain ranges in northern Mexico: the Sierra Madre Occidental which runs down the west side of the country and the Sierra Madre Oriental which runs down the east side.
🌋 The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range was formed by volcanic activity so the mountains are made of igneous rock. I’ve done my thesis work in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range which was formed from the folding of tectonic plates. ISN’T THAT CRAZY?? Two mountain ranges, same country, two totally different origin stories! You can see the layers of sedimentary rock so clearly in the mountains where I have been working, it blows my mind. They look like giant stacks of pancakes and it makes me hungry every single time.
🔬I know that explanation was mad impressive and I fooled all of you into thinking I’m an expert geologist but I actually don’t know much about geology and I wish I knew more! Drop me some cool geology facts pls?? ❤
🗻 MONTAÑAS 🗻
🌎 Déjenme fingir ser geóloga por 5 segundos para compartirles esta montaña hermosa. Hay dos cordilleras principales en el norte de México: la Sierra Madre Occidental que abarca el oeste del país y la Sierra Madre Oriental que se encuentra en el este.
🌋 La Sierra Madre Occidental se formó por actividad volcánica así que las montañas son hechas por roca ígnea. Yo trabajo en la Sierra Madre Oriental que se formó por la plegadura de las placas tectónicas. QUE LOCO VERDAD?? Dos cordilleras en el mismo país, dos orígenes totalmente diferentes! Se ven las capas de roca bien claramente en las montañas donde he trabajado, me asombra. Las montañas parecen montones de hot cakes y me da hambre cada vez que las veo.
🔬 Ya se que mi explicación fue bien impresionante y los engañé a creer que soy geóloga experta pero no es así, sé muy poco sobre la geología y quisiera aprender más! Déjenme datos curiosos sobre la geología porfis?? ❤
1 859 hours ago
Who knew I had such an intense #HuckFace! 🤣
I just want to give a shoutout and thank you to @simon_lizotte for putting out awesome videos on his YouTube channel not only to help curb the content withdrawals but also to share some of his knowledge!
In a recent video, Simon broke down frame-by-frame, side-by-side, his form compared to that of a friend. The biggest takeaway for me was to try to keep the disc as close to the body and as stagnant as possible during the run-up. It’s going to take lots of repetition, but my throws feel so much smoother by making this simple adjustment. Before, I would sort of swing the disc out up above my shoulder and then bring it back during my reachback. That unnecessary movement causes inconsistency in the release. Now I need to work a bit more on bringing my hips around more and keeping my head down through the throw. Thanks for the tip, Simon! .
It’s #nationalbirdday which calls for a spectacular bird celebration!! I took this photo while interning with @faunaforever in Tambopata National Park, Peru several years ago. Many tourists flock (pun intended) to see the hundreds of birds (and sometimes mammals) feeding on these clay licks. Although there are several theories as to why Peruvian macaws eat the clay, one released by Donald Brightsmith of the @tambopatamacawproject suggests that the macaws use the clay to augment their sodium-poor diet. If you’re interested in learning more about the research that the Tambopata Macaw Project is doing, visit their site at
It’s spectacular phenomena like these that show why we should be working to end deforestation in the Amazon and beyond. Once the forest is gone, all life disappears with it. The natural world is a bizarre and fascinating place, which is why we should work to conserve it rather than exploit it.