Client Visit Surprise

Visiting a client yesterday, I was pointed to a ground nest, where juncos had burrowed out a cavity in a small berm next to a lawn. Over the course of the visit I was able to leave a couple cameras taking stills and video. In the process, they captured this 30-second...

Oregon is Terribly Beautiful

Each year we go to a lot of conferences, and invariably the ASCA conference properly caps things off. Generalizing, the ASCA people are really engaged in pushing the science of arboriculture. They are more interested in taking down and using more data. They're...

Unexpected Visitor (Bobcat!) in Camera Trap

This past winter, we spent some weeks trying to pin down the location of a bobcat den in our back forest. It was an exhilarating chase that I likened to a game of Battleship, where we would place game cameras in the forest at some locations based on educated guesses,...

Cooper’s Hawks Update 6: Empty Nest

It has now been more than a week since we last saw the Cooper's hawk fledglings. Weather intervened, taking a few days off of our camera regimen, and then the loon project stole our attention. But five days ago, three days ago and again today, I took a camera and an...

Dawn at the Loon Nest Site: Timelapse

With the Forest Metrix cameras trained on the loon nest and its environs, we get to see the foggy transformation from night to day and couldn't resist processing the images into a timelapse. Note the lily pad flowers at the bottom of the screen opening up at the...

Loon Monitoring

In a lake near Forest Metrix's offices, a pair of loons started nesting for the first time in a number of years. They didn't pick a particularly good location, it seems, putting their eggs a couple inches above a mud bar formed at the mouth of a creek. Locals alerted...