Our Spring 2012 Field Crew

By Dana Ripper

Devin and Stephanie with a male
Yellow-Shafted Flicker captured yesterday
morning at Grand Pass CA

After months of preparation, on Monday April 2nd, we got two major projects on the ground – the fourth year of Migration Monitoring at Grand Pass Conservation Area, and the first year of the Missouri Marsh Bird Survey Project.  This latter is a statewide effort that has been in the works for almost two years.  We’re so happy to finally get the surveys into action!
Neither spring project would be possible without assistance from a greatly increased MRBO staff.  To help with migration monitoring, I have the valuable assistance of Stephanie Putnam and Brittney Woody, Missouri Valley College students who have been with MRBO for several seasons.  I’m also very pleased to welcome a new full-time crew member, Devin Couture of Olathe, KS, who will be doing the daily point count surveys at the Grand Pass station, as well as helping with mist-netting.
Ethan has had the great fortune to employ three experienced Missouri residents for the Marsh Bird Project. These are Tami Courtney of Holden, MO, a recent University of Central Missouri graduate; Jean Favara of St. Louis County, who has experience with marsh bird surveys amongst other field projects; and Bo Brown of rural southwest Missouri, a long-time ornithologist and primitive skills expert.  Those three are already running around the state in search of secretive marsh birds in the best of our public and private Missouri wetlands.
With such excellent and enthusiastic crews, I have no doubt that MRBO’s spring projects will be a great success.

Jean, Bo, Ethan, and Tami visit us at the banding station after a morning of marsh bird training.  

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