Today we had a lot of people coming and going on the plane. The crew coming to move our comm satellite dish is here now. We got a fill in refuge manager while Barry and Matt are off the island, and our FWS computer tech person came to set up a server and do some of our computer maintenance. It looks like tomorrow will be the last day of my blog until the dish is reinstalled. They'll shut off service on Sunday, so check back in tomorrow but then it will be about 6 or so days until I can get internet or phone service. We will have an emergency satellite phone on the island so we won't be completely out of touch, and we'll still have TV. So it's better than when I was on a submarine underwater for a couple months at a time.
We banded the last red-tailed tropic bird chick in our plots today. It'll probably be ready to leave in about 2 weeks. Then the plots won't have to be monitored until about Feb.
Here's one of the black-footed albatrosses sitting around.
After high school I went into the Navy doing nuclear power stuff on a submarine. After 6 years, I left the Navy then got my biology degree from Montana State University. I then worked for the USDA doing human nutrition research for 8 years. I also got my Master's Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota. While doing that I worked for Mr. Ellie Pooh selling elephant dung paper (google it) to help the Sri Lanka elephants. After that, I did the only logical thing with my MS and moved to Cleveland, OH and got a job in security at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was great, for a while, but I found a 1 year temporaray job at Midway Atoll with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. I loved it so much that I moved to an even smaller island with only 4-15 people (Tern Island). After being the Asst Manager of Tern Island for a year, then the Manager for a year, I got the chance to come to Midway as the Wildlife Biologist. It's great to be back. Just so you know, I don't write this as an employee. I'm just making comments about my days here, so these aren't the views of the USFWS.