Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Audubon Society Scientists at My Preserve

Yours truly, second from right
Inexplicably, the National Audubon Society's Science Office is located in a nondescript office park a few miles from my preserve.  Despite its proximity, our preserve has no dealings with the folks in the Science Office.  However, several top ornithologists in the Science Office were in town for a meeting and asked the president of the local Audubon chapter for a good place to bird while they were here.  Naturally, the chapter president recommended my preserve.  Since some participants were from parts of the country where meadow-nesting Bobolinks do not occur, the ornithologists and I set off on Tuesday morning to try our luck in our native grasslands, but the birds, here last week, had moved on to locations further north.  Warblers were still abundant, though, and these professional ornithologists left satisfied. 
(Bald) eagle watch (me again)
After the group finished walking, the president of the Audubon chapter and I repositioned ourselves with his telescope to try to see the Bald Eagle nest in the preserve.  We saw at least one eaglet in the nest.  There may have been two eaglets, but the nest was partially obscured by deciduous branches, so we couldn't be sure how many birds were present.  Neither of the parent birds was in evidence; the parents must have determined that the young had grown large enough not to be threatened by predators, so both could leave the nest to seek food.


packrat said...

It must have been nice to have such distinguished visitors birding in your preserve, Scott. Pretty gratifying, I'd say. I wasn't sure how you meant the caption in the second photo to be taken, but I have to confess it gave me a laugh.


Mark P said...

Your preserve seems too convenient to the Audubon office for them not to have any connection. Don't they need a quick birding break every once in a while?

robin andrea said...

Sounds like a wonderful bird-watching day at your preserve. Very cool that the National Audubon came by for the view.

Scott said...

Robin Andrea and Mark: I felt pretty proud to have these birders visit my lil' ole' preserve.These are some of the top ornithologists in the country.

The Science Office in the nearby office park deals with science issues nationwide, so I'm not too surprised they haven't come to visit before. What does surprise me is that the Science Office is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia; heck, the chief scientist is actually located in Washington, DC. The National Audubon Society is very "distributed.

Scott said...

Packrat: You interpreted my second cation exactly as I had intended! I'm glad it made you smile.

I'm always surprised when I'm photographed from the back because I'm so bald. I still have a little tuft of hair above my forehead, so I can deceive myself into thinking I have more hair than I do--until I see an image like the one I posted!

Two weeks ago, Kali and I were attending a public meeting during the course of which I was examining the ceiling of the room in which the meeting was being held. (It's an old, repurposed school, and the designers left most of the old roof superstructure exposed.) As I was examining the ceiling, head tilted back, a photographer from the local paper took a photograph, and there I was, fully bald, on the front page of the paper the next week. Fortunately, most people wouldn't recognize me (I hope).

John Gray said...

The one in the middle looks like me