Spring Goals 2010

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) - Falmouth, Maine

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) - Falmouth, Maine

It’s getting to be spring and the earliest migrants have arrived.  In only about 2 weeks we should see the first arrival of warblers and the rest of the songbirds.  With all this reviewing of goals this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the spring and what I would like to accomplish.  Once again, I thought I would take a few minutes to share what I have been thinking about.

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Winter Goals: Florida – Revisited

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) - Picayune Strand State Forest, FloridaNow that I am back home and spring is just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to revisit the goals I had laid out back in late October.  That’s one thing about goals, people often set them, talk about them, but after things are finished, few of us go back and really examine our goals to see if we met our expectations or not.  With that in mind, let’s take a look and see how I did. [Read more…]

Gaining New Perspectives: Tree Climbing in Ithaca

A gentle breeze rocks my hammock as I lay in my sleeping bag staring up at the full moon through a canopy of leaves. The moon is so bright I can read my watch, just after 2:00AM.  I shift a little to adjust my harness, double and triple check my rope, and then return to watch the moon move through the maple canopy surrounding me.  As I peak over the side of my hammock, even with the bright moon, I can’t see the ground below me.  I slowly drift back to sleep with a smile on my face, just thinking how unique it is to be sleeping suspended in a forest canopy over 60 feet from the ground.

For the past 18 months I have been able to proudly call myself a tree climber. [Read more…]