I've got some news for you. We've got a new deputy manager. Bret Wolfe came out on the last flight. He was previously the marine program coordinator for the refuge system. He was out here last summer for a short time but is back for a permanent position now. That brings me to the next news item. I'll be going over to the headquarters office in Arlington, VA. Bret and I are doing a position swap, so I'll be going there for a permanent position. I won't be doing the exact same job as he did, but I'll be working as a biologist in the Branch of Wildlife Resources. It will be nice to finally live with my wife again.
You may be wondering if I'll be continuing my blog. Last time I left Midway, I did start a new blog: http://ternisland.blogspot.com/ However, French Frigate Shoals is as suited to blogging as Midway is. Although I'm sure I'll do some interesting things in the Washington D.C. area once in a while, I'm afraid most of my posts would be photos of me stuck in traffic or doing yard work. So I obviously will be bringing this blog to a close, and don't plan on doing anything when I get back to civilization. I'll be leaving in April and I'll post until then. I'll let you know if anyone else will be doing a blog from here.
I've been busy getting ready to move, so I hardly took any photos this week. We have to do our daily seep checks for sick or dead Laysan ducks from botulism, so all my photos on this post were from my 2 hour trip to Eastern Island this morning. I think I'll miss this place.
As I walked from the pier to the island, I saw this green sea turtle sleeping on the beach.
I've got quite a few pictures of the beading water running off of the ducks, but I keep taking them anyway since they are always kind of cool.
I saw one of the ducks with a plastic ring stuck around its neck. It's very wary and we haven't been able to catch it yet to remove the ring. The ring is loose and doesn't seem to be causing any harm, but I'd rather take it off if I can.
It's a nice view from up on the revetment. I've got quite a few photos from this revetment because there's a guzzler here too, and this one has a bit more elevation than the other one.