Living Shoreline- Week 6

Week 6


After trying to find a workaround for the camera malfunction, Bob and I decided to simply keep putting them out in hopes that we could at least get partial data. We were on a fairly strict schedule, and had tried everything we could think of to fix the cameras- swapped the cords, updated the firmware, checked for water damage, etc. And so, we treated this week like most of the others, adhering to our 3 day cycle and doing as much analysis as possible in our spare time. I was given an 8tb backup drive to take the data back to my dorm with me in order to continue working/work from home, which was a huge plus for my productivity.

The data gathered this week was mostly reliable, with only a few spotty instances in which cameras did not fully record. Though the more extreme cases of loss (cameras operating under 2/6 clips recorded) essentially disrupt the data collection from a site per day, we were able to continue analysis without too much hassle. We maintained contact with the chief software engineer at the driver company, though his advice was inconclusive at best.

Then Friday came, and with it, sightings of some very rare birds. Namely, an American Bittern and a group of Indigo Buntings. The bittern is so rarely seen that even Bob, who had worked in jobs identifying and following all classifications of birds, hadn’t seen one in person. We were driving to a site in Gloucester, along a poorly kept, narrow gavel road bordered by a ~150yd channel on one side and a marsh on the other, when Bob brought the van to an abrupt stop. The bittern was perched on a barren tree with no cover, watching us. It (he, as we would come to realize it was a male), calmly watched the van, preened, and looked around for a few minuted before we drove to the site. Later, we saw a group of 3 Indigo Buntings, a beautiful, bright blue bird. It was a good day.