This is a bit late, mainly because I'm on vacation in Alexandria, VA this week and next. I'll put up a few pics from earlier last week. We had quite a bit going on with boat operator certification training and first responder training for the airport staff. We had some really good instructors out to help. I only did first aid training since I am still qualified as a Wilderness First Responder. I didn't do the boat training either since I'm still good with that too. We didn't have a tour group this week after Joe Van Os left with his group. He has been here with his groups for 3 weeks. His groups concentrate on photography, so his groups always have really great photos.
I won't do a blog this coming week, and probably not the next weekend either, since I won't be getting back to Midway until that Monday.
I went to Eastern Island to check the duck seeps and the boat operating course students came to pick me up.
One project that the volunteers worked on was building nest boxes for Bulwer's petrels and Tristram's Storm petrels to nest in. This is Peter, RJ, and Jennifer.
The Red-footed boobies are nesting on Eastern Island.
There are only a few White tern chicks around, but a lot of eggs that will be hatching soon.
The chicks are getting bigger. Here are a few over by the gun on Eastern Island.
I got to see one cool thing on vacation so far. The space shuttle Discovery is on its way to the Smithsonian Museum for permanent display. I got this shot as it flew over the Potomac River. I was trying to get a photo of it flying over the monuments at the Mall, but I didn't have a good angle on it, or it was too far away when it flew over them.
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.