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IceOnNettingWith a three day weekend upon us, two very antsy dogs in the house, and yet another day of overcast, fog, and temperatures hovering between 28 and 34 degrees, we decided to Get Out Of Dodge anyway, and look for a new place to go for a hike. We also needed to run down to Milton-Freewater Oregon, 10 miles south of here, to pick up some rabbit chow. Read the rest of this entry »

This pheasant was a recent visitor to my feeders, cleaning up the spilled seed, along with the Junco on the right.

I have a background in Ornithology (the study of birds) almost by accident. When I went back to school in the mid ’90’s to get a degree in Biology, I was determined to come out of school with experience I could put on a resume (with my first degree, I had failed to do this, and I had learned my lesson). While looking for a summer job, I saw a posting for field research with the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, in the mountains of Arizona. The job was “nest searching”, that is, looking for the nests of birds, and monitoring them to see if they were successful. It paid a whopping $500 per month (it’s gone up considerably in the last 15 years)¬†and we worked 12 days on/two days off (still the case today) while camping and living in tents. But most importantly, no experience was necessary. Sign me up. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Kleffner

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