Gone Fishing (for Birds)

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived!  As I write this blog, I’ve completed my first day of hummingbird banding training! It’s a lot of fun to capture hummingbirds, and easier than you might think.  Handling them is

New Supe for You

The staff at Capulin Volcano is thrilled as our acting superintendent, Fermin Salas, has arrived on-site. Fermin has a lot of great ideas for the park and has been a very warm addition to the group so far.  I conducted

Microbial Forests and Bat Nets

In the past week, I have had the pleasure of attending two fascinating talks here at Carlsbad Caverns National Park—Superbugs, Wonder Drugs, and Amazing Caves: Lechuguilla Cave and the future of antibiotic resistance by Katey Bender, graduate student of …

A Brief History of Capulin Volcano

It dawned on me that though this is my fourth week here, I haven’t shared much about the park itself.  In 1890, inspector WD Harland of the General Land Office visited Capulin.  After his visitation, he recommended that the volcano

Pollen and Pecos

There are pollen slides collected from birds going back to 2014.  It’s slow work, but I’m planning to get through all the slides by the end of the summer.  Just to give you an idea of what I’m looking at,

Volcano Views

With my first week at Capulin in the books, I have a pretty good idea of how I’m going to be spending the summer.  For the past few years, people in my position have worked hard to create a pollen