When I started this blog in 2008, I would never have imagined it would have the kind of longevity or enthusiastic readership that it has. I thought it would be an outlet for occasional news and information and might not last all that long. Instead, it became my connection to many of you Seanetters, to collaborators, to students of dead bird identification on either side of the Atlantic.
Because it has come to mean so much to me, it’s been difficult to come to my present decision. Since 2014, I have been a full time professor at my local community college. Because SEANET doesn’t count as one of my responsibilities in that role, I have to pursue any SEANET activities outside of my obligations to the college. This, as you might imagine, leaves very few hours in the week. Keeping the blog while also responding to your emails, and trying (trying) to analyze some of our data from time to time, has proven untenable. Since I do not want to stop corresponding with volunteers, or dredging up data for people who request it for their research, I concluded that the blog must be what I let slip overboard to lighten this little craft.
I want to say thank you to all of you, everywhere, who have read the blog, written comments, played the Dead Bird Quiz game, and otherwise made my solitary work a little less solitary. I feel what seems a disproportionate sadness over this; this blog has combined three of my great loves–writing, science, and education.
If I may flatter myself that some of you would follow my writing outside the proscribed bounds of seabird science, I do keep an intermittent naturalist’s/outdoor/ecology blog that you are welcome to stop into from time to time.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for over seven years of your company, your time, and your interest. I won’t ever forget it. -Sarah