Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Another nice week.  Not for any extra reason other than it's great out here.  We've been getting a bit of rain lately which makes for some very muggy days, but it's still pretty nice around here.  I'm taking a lot of trips to Eastern Island, checking for Laysan ducks with botulism.  A sick one was found last week.  We fixed him up with some anti-toxin and food and let him go on Thursday.  We've got a small Memorial Day ceremony planned for tomorrow, so I'll show you some photos of that next week.

This is the view across Eastern Island with the old airplane revetments in the background.  The verbesina removal is going well over there.   

The Brown noddies like to gather on the pier on Eastern.

This White tern thought this albatross chick was a little too close for comfort.  It was kind of funny that the tern would only snap at the chick when it was looking the other way, not when it was an inch from that big bill.

That albatross chicks look kind of pathetic in the rain when they still have down.

The old officer houses that were built in the 50's have all just been renovated.  They don't look much different on the outside, but have new windows and doors, as well as better flooring and furniture.  Charlie barracks is being renovated with non-asbestos tile and a sprinkler system, so everyone had to move out of Charlie and into houses for the next couple of months.


Seagull Steve said...

Love that White Tern shot. Seabirds are so funny.

Can you shed any light on the fate of the visitor program? Did it get sequestered away?

Pete Leary said...

Hey Steve,
The visitor program is done for this fiscal year, and we don't have any idea what the future situation will be, so that's as much as I know about it????