Some days, it pays to be a bird biologist…

…especially when you get to fly! As the biologist who is responsible for the Estuary Restoration Project surveys, I had the very great pleasure of being able to take to the skies in the name of science last week.

In my day-to-day responsibilities, which are decidedly earthbound, I survey intertidal marshes for birds in a pair of chest waders, frequently sinking past my knees in mud. These surveys are a snapshot into how birds utilize different habitat, specifically pre- and post-restoration marshes and agricultural fields.<