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...

Cooper’s Hawks Update 5: Flight!

Yesterday was day 31 of the Cooper’s hawks’ first hatching. A lot has happened in the past 7 days, since the last update. As I suspected, soon after the last update, they fledged. I was up in the tree when I believe it first happened, although it could be that this...

Job posting for UMaine

UMaine is recruiting to fill a new Forestry Professor position at a branch campus in northern Maine.   This would be a great opportunity for a recent forestry graduate with a MS or PhD.  It is a full-time 12 month appointment with 50% teaching and 50% research...

Cooper’s Hawks Update 4: Pre-flight

The last image I have of the smallest chick is from Tuesday the 21rst a bit after 2 p.m. It wasn’t doing well, sleeping much, not appearing terribly successful in the food scrums, and suffering from some sort of wound on the back of the neck. For the previous week or...

Cooper’s Hawks Update 3: Winnowing

To see earlier posts on the Cooper's hawk project, see these links: Update 1 Update 2 This third update recounts events starting on June 18, 2016. June 18: The larger of the young are just at that tween stage, where they are about to look more like hawks than...

Layers of Wildlife Data: Cooper’s Hawks Update 1

The Forest Metrix staff came together over time in part because of shared interests that go beyond making professional software for foresters and arborists. Most of us are intense nature geeks; which means that we spend a lot of time out in the woods observing things,...

Observations on Risk Assessments & TRAQ

Here at Forest Metrix have a unique perspective on the roll-out of TRAQ. Our program is the only one we know of currently that has all of the TRAQ data fields integrated into an electronic system that manages TRAQ records and automates calculations. This means that as...