There are a lot of things to remember just before diving from the van to run and chase a crane colt.
You need your backpack or fanny pack that has the essentials, a couple of transmitters, eyelash glue, cyanoacrylate, scale, measuring tape, acetone, scissor, notebook, pen, pillowcase to put small birds in to weigh, sling to weigh big chicks, walkie-talkies, phone, safety glasses. You have to have your bug jackets on most mornings and a hat.
We rarely remember them all and we are particularly hard on walkie-talkies. We lose them in the field. We lose them in the van, or we just forget them.
We have checklists here and there and they help… A bit.
We try to be organized and think ahead, but Jeff really was ahead of the game when he came prepared with the chick packed and ready!