This is a photo of my fresh start at the “crying plot” from my last blog post, Highs and Lows. I had oriented myself to face east when I quickly realized I would be walking towards the sun. In the photo you can see the dragonfly I walked around (I know I don’t like to be stirred up in the morning). You can barely see the waterlogged path I was going to take to conduct the transect:


Before leaving home this time, I tied my hiking boots tight (I never wore my rubber boots again). Nothing was going to stop me from conducting a transect this morning. Hopefully I was also going to avoid falling. Most of our equipment hangs from our neck. If you fall forward, everything will get wet. A few of our things are waterproof like our Garmins, but some are not, as Katy found with our walkie-talkies one day.

To conduct transects for the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Project requires field technicians to carry (for photos and a full list of all of our equipment, check out What’s in My Bag? by my colleague, Laura Young):


-a Garmin


-Clipboard with datasheets

-Walkie-talkies (that are not waterproof and are kept in Ziploc bags)


Conducting transects is important for the project, but keeping ourselves safe and happy matters as well. To do this we wear/carry:

-Boots that fit (Hiking or rubber boots)

-Light-weight pants and long sleeve shirts

-Hat (or sunscreen)



There’s one piece of equipment that we added today that really did the trick for walking in this plot. Take a look at  the photo below and see if you can spot it: