First Attempted Survey at Toleak Beach

As I was crawling through the rain slick log jam, I thought, “This can’t be the rain I’m feeling, it can’t be raining that hard, the surf must be dumping on the logs”! Well, it was both. And that was in direct competition with all the noise. This time the battle was between the wind in the tree tops and the dumping surf. Was I on Toleak Beach or an alien world.?

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Beached Cast Bird Workshop with COASST
Learning to identify our birds based on just a wing. Photo credit: Steve Weileman

Beached Cast Bird Workshop with COASST

I’ve been anxious to work with this group for sometime. When I submitted my application last year, I was disappointed to find out that I had missed all of the bird workshops scheduled for 2017. But, as they say, good things come to those who wait.

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Covering Solar Eclipse for The Daily Astorian
With only 213 seconds of eclipse visibility, the scientists on National Geographic's expedition rehearsed their routine repeatedly before the big day. Here, one of them practices loading film plates into his camera, which could take four simultaneous photographs. Photo Credit: National Geographic 1937 Expedition

Covering Solar Eclipse for The Daily Astorian

I started planning for the solar eclipse 6 months ago. That involved getting up at 4am to hit Oregon’s website and reserving a campsite. Three months earlier I had received…

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