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Field Accommodations


Researchers studying seabirds in the field are some of the luckiest people in the world, often spending many weeks working in incredible locations. Seabirds breed in a wide variety of habitats and climates, and field accommodations range from simple tents to fully-catered facilities. Some locations have all the mod-cons of life at home; others are more of an expedition.

Bird Island, South Georgia. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Bird Island, South Georgia. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Field camp on Bogoslof Island in the Aleutian Islands. Photo by Ann Harding
Bogoslof Island, Alaska. Photo by Ann Harding
Copacabana camp, King George Island, Antarctica. Photo by Shiway Wang
Copacabana camp, King George Island, Antarctica. Photo by Shiway Wang
Steeple Jason Island house on the Falkland Islands used for albatross research. Photo by Claudia Mischler
The Falkland Islands. Photo by Claudia Mischler
House on Flatey Island, Iceland rented for seabird research. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Flatey, Iceland. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Polish Polar Research station on the Arctic Island of Spitsbergen. Photo by Nina Karnovsky
Polish Polar Station, Hornsund, Spitsbergen. Photo by Nina Karnovsky
High Arctic field camp is the dovekie (little auk) camp on Feiringfjellet, in Northwest Spitsbergen. Photo by Jorg Welcker
Kongsfjord, Northern Spitsbergen, Dovekie camp. Photo by Jorg Welcker
R/V Oceania, used for at-sea research by the Institute of Oceanology, Poland near Spitsbergen. Photo by Nina Karnovsky
R/V Oceania. Photo by Nina Karnovsky
Morning sunrise over Rachel Davies' camp athe Hermaness nature reserve on the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Photo by Rachel Davies
Shetland Islands, Scotland, Northern Gannet camp. Photo by Rachel Davies
Tern Island in the Hawaiian Archepeligo. Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw
Tern Island, Hawaii. Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw
M/V Tiglax and crew work for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) as its research and transport vessel. Photo by Ann Harding
M/V Tiglax. Photo by Ann Harding
Wash house on St. George Island, Pribilofs, Alaska. Photo by Claudia Mischler
St George Island, Pribilofs, Alaska. Photo by Claudia Mischler

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Field Life


Life in the field is rich; even though researchers usually work incredibly long days, daily life is often stripped down to the bare necessitiesóleaving space for enjoying simple joys. Here are a range of images to give some insight into daily field life; they include the research, daily chores, and some of the magical moments encountered in day-to-day life.

Banding albatross at Tern Island. Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw
Banding albatross at Tern Island. Photo by Kelli Burkinshaw
Hoeing the runway at Tern Island. Photo by Brie Drummond
Hoeing the runway at Tern Island. Photo by Brie Drummond
Biologist climbing a cliff to access nests of black-legged kittiwakes. Photo by Dean Kildaw
Cliff Hanger. Photo by Dean Kildaw
Morning light at the Kap Hoegh colony of dovekies in East Greenland. Photo by Ann Harding
Magical morning light. Photo by Ann Harding
Julie Delingat carrying field equipment to research site in Norhwest Spitsbergen. Photo by Jorg Welcker
Carrying a load. Photo by Jorg Welcker
Small outhouse on Chowiet Island, Alaska. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Outhouse on Chowiet Island. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Pizza made at seabird field camp. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Puffin Pizza. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Rachel Davies checking for Northern Gannet returns to west coast of Scotland. Photo by Sarah Brookes
Checking for Returns. Photo by Sarah Brookes
Bunk beds in the US Fish and Wildlife Service cabin on Chowiet Island. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Bunk Space on Chowiet Island, Alaska. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Sunset on the tropical Tern Island, Hawaii. Photo by Brie Drummond
Sunset at Tern Island. Photo by Brie Drummond
A typical day at Copacabana, King George Island, Antarctica. Photo by Shiway Wang
A typical day at Copacabana, King George Island, Antarctica. Photo by Shiway Wang
Wandering Albatross. Photo by Claudia Mischler
Wanderers on Bird Island, South George. Photo by Claudia Mischler

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Photo Collage: Images of Life and Biology!


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Beach seining for Pacific herring with Alisa and Yumi in Kachemak Bay. Fur Seal on St. Paul Island Jeb releases a Thick-billed Murre on St. Paul Island. April prepares to bleed a Red-legged kittiwake on St. Paul Island. kittiwakes at the cannery camp scene Chisik Island camp common murres on Bogoslof Island
Fur seals grubbing for puffins Horned puffin fledgling Horned puffins on a cliff Inside the murre blind John Piatt and a red-legged kittiwake jumping for joy kittiwake cliffs
murre chick Tom Van Pelt and murre chicks murre chick roundup murre eggs noosing kittiwakes Processing specimens Sasha and puffin chick Seal Beach
Sunset over Redoubt Volcano taking blood tree climbing murre Tufted puffins fighting weighing a murre Wind swept beach cliffs beach landing murre cliffs

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