Just a few pictures from my work this summer as a wildlife technician on the Payette National Forest in Idaho. It is a nest success study with the U.S. Forest Service focusing on the White-headed Woodpecker. When it comes to career paths, I think I nailed it. #conservation#woodpecker#adventure
1 13 minutes ago
Yesterday we rescued the cutest lizard from a chemical toilet in Topanga. He was all died blue from the horrible chemicals and we were super worried about him. Capac scooped him right up and he came with us on our hike clinging to Capac's fingers. We bathed him in water every few minutes and some of the blue started to come off - I even caught a fly to feed him. He stayed with us about 4 hours by which time we thought he would be ok and left him on a sunny rock. This is bluey - he was the sweetest. Chemicals and nature don't mix. 🦎
The always elegant great egret (Ardea alba), striking a pose. They were once hunted to near extinction in North America for their beautiful long plume feathers which were used to adorn hats. The National Audubon Society was initially founded to protect birds from plume-hunting, and the great egret remains their symbol today! #audubonsociety#greategret#onlyinmn#capturemn#thisismymn
This is what conservation is all about!
Yesterday I had the chance to witness an amazing event when 21 wood duck ducklings jumped from wood duck box #2 in my pond. A typical brood would be 12-14 eggs so seeing 21 is pretty rare. In this particular case I believe the high number is a result of other hens using this nest as a dump nest and not the result of a single hen laying that many eggs. After the mom left the pond and took the ducklings into the woods to grow up we thought we heard a noise coming from the box. On closer inspection I confirmed that there was one duckling that was not able to get out of the box due to an injured leg. The injured duckling was removed and then I heard even more chirping from the box. A 23rd duckling was partially hatched and was also removed from the box. I also found 3 other partially incubated egg which were a result of another hen(s) using the box during incubation. I carefully helped the partially hatched chick from it's egg and placed it in an incubator to dry along with the injured chick and the remaining eggs. The two hatched chicks have been taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota were they will be cared for until they can be released. The remaining eggs are being incubated and I'll post future updates as soon as they are available. It would have been an amazing experience just to see a normal sized brood jump but to see 21 was truly a once in a lifetime experience. On top of that to be able to rescue another duckling and then help another finishing hatching is surreal. Such an unbelievable experience. I also have video of the jumping I will post a link in the comments. I will post a few other pictures and videos of the rescue soon as well. Please like and follow me to see the others.