Showing posts from 2017

Peering to our icy future

I've spent the past week getting prepped for my next little gig...a return to the Antarctic! I'm pretty ecstatic to be returning for my 4th round. One can never go enough times, particularly to study these cute little guys:

Tearing apart my dufflebag of winter gear stuffed in the deep recesses of the closet (oh, that delightful smell of old polypro and fusty gloves!), waterproofing and treating my 8-year-old pack boots to fend off the salty ice and water, prepping a "town" bag and a "camp" bag (nice to have duplicated toiletries, towel, shoes, etc. so one does not have to pack for town, then pack for camp, then pack for town throughout the season), asking myself, "should I bring my crocs?" (and then remembering that someone once told me that if I ask that question, the answer is always yes), finding out that I do NOT have enough socks for the season, contemplating what clothing items I am OK with ultimately smelling like a seal (I cannot come up w…

The Cry Baby Collective

I couldn't help myself with this one. It's been over 6 years since I posted Cry Baby Learns to Swim on YouTube, and it has since garnered over 1.2 million views and counting. Cry Baby was even featured on Discover Channel Canada at one point. My pride and joy! While it's awesome that so many people have really enjoyed that little pup (some find entertainment in the Russian translation of one of Cry Baby's blabberings...I'll let you search the video comments if you want to find out), I have fun discovering the remixed versions of Cry Baby that take the pup to whole new levels. And I've decided to share them all in one place....just for fun...Cry Baby's Hall of Fame. Let me know if you find more versions and I'll post them!

First, of course, the original:

Capturing Calves

It's spring time! For us Montanans, it means a respite from the winter months, pleasantly warm days enticing us to play outside, and brilliant greening and flowering of vegetation that helps fill the soul after the excitement of snow and white wears off. It's a rejuvenating season for most. But for our Rocky Mountain elk, the spring season ushers in more than just a feel-good time. Over the past few weeks, pregnant female elk (cows) have been separating themselves from the herd, seeking secretive spots to give birth to the next generation. This could be in dense vegetation with no visibility such as that provided by willows in riparian corridors, in the new regrowth and difficult to traverse deadfall of previously burned areas, or anywhere that will conceal a newborn calf that struggles to stand or walk in its first day of life. The newborn calf, about the same weight of a mid-sized dog, needs a couple of days to gain strength and learn how to walk. After these episodes of sta…