I work several jobs these days, including running SEANET, helping out with the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative, and teaching college biology. Plus a little veterinary work on the side. It stems from my varied, sometimes scattered interests–I’m an artist! No, a teacher! No, a scientist! No, a writer! But once in a while, a project comes my way that brings them all together. Right now, that project is the Field Guide to Beached Birds of the Southeastern U.S. Through the generosity of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the cheerleading of SEANET’s great friend John Stanton, I’m funded to do this book start to finish. I’ve compiled body measurements, written up descriptions of individual species, and am now working on the life size line drawings of each species’ bill.
I’m hoping this guide will be of equal use to Seanetters, and to people monitoring seabird mortality in other ways, whether on board fishing vessels or responding to the next oil spill. I’m hoping to have most of the content done by the end of summer, and from there, on to the presses! As soon as this new volume is available, you Seanetters will be the first to know, of course.