Having recently been tasked with the job of producing an occasional journal entry, I’m always on the lookout for articles pertaining to birds or the environment that I think our readers might find interesting and informative. I could certainly write a journal entry about my daily life at OM but it really isn’t as exciting as the life the rest of the team leads. My drive to work takes me about 15 minutes, with hopefully a “quick” stop at the local Tim Hortons for my coffee.
I sit down, turn on my computer, answer emails, return phone calls if there are any messages on the answering machine and do all the bookkeeping/office work, which varies from day to day. Then I go home. Not very exciting when you compare it to slogging through a marsh looking for nests. Or stories about port-a-potty; although we have had our plumbing issues at the office but you don’t want to hear about that!
Don’t misunderstand, I love my job and other than wishing I could join the team for exactly ONE day of slogging in the marsh just to see what it’s like, I’m happy to sit here on dry land, minus bugs and other hazards to go home to my own bed at the end of the day. One of the benefits I have been gifted is, I’m learning a lot more about the bird world than I used to know. Articles that I might have skimmed in the past because of time constraints, I now get to fully read. Soon I’m going to be a walking encyclopedia that I’m sure will drive my family nuts. But if I choose the science category in Trivial Pursuit (remember that game?) they’d better watch out!
Enough about me. The most recent article I read about robins raising their brood, armed me with new knowledge I didn’t know before. Such as they often raise more than one clutch a year and have an assembly line process to their parenting skills…