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Adventures in Greenland

The team at Thule has had a lot of exciting adventures recently! In the past few weeks we have gone camping, explored an abandoned village, seen another polar bear, and have been productive in our bird surveys and in recapturing birds with geolocators. Last week we camped out at a location called Booth Sound where [...]

Polar Bears and Puffins

The High Arctic Institute team has finally been able to get our boat out onto the water here at Thule. This means we have been taking short day trips out to islands such as Saunders and the Witches Tit to collect data from Black-Legged Kittiwakes and Atlantic Puffins. We have been aiming to catch previously [...]

you have to be fit to catch a falcon

 Even though I’ve only been at the Thule air base for a little over a week, I have already learned so much. I learned how to set small bird traps, how to measure wings, tails and beaks, how to put together blood sampling kits, and even how to drive stick shift and play Danish pin [...]

Setting up in Thule, Greenland

I have been at the Thule air base in Greenland for two days now and it is already starting to feel like home. I flew in yesterday morning on a C17 military aircraft. The plane ride was not like your standard commercial flight. The inside looked like what I imagine spaceships to look like and [...]

Bird Is The Word

Up until the past two days we have been pretty lucky with the weather up here. Although we have had some foggy days we were able to get on the boat soon after we got it in the water. Once we got the boat ready to go, we started to get really busy with trips [...]

Finding Falcons

My first week in Thule really has been an amazing one. I feel like everything I’ve done here has been a completely new experience for me, and I love it. While learning about birds and the area I’m also learning skills that could help me at home. Who knew I would have to come all [...]

Hello Greenland!

After two exhausting days of traveling, I finally arrived at the Thule Air Base in Greenland! Luck definitely wasn’t on my side when it came to flying on Wednesday as both of my flights were delayed, one leaving me stranded in Baltimore for a day. While getting deserted in a city or airport can be a [...]

Greenland Photos 3 (Peregrine Falcons)

Greenland Photos 2

Greenland (week4)

After our trip to Booth Sound, we returned home and Kurt greeted us with great news. Our new boat motors were on their way! This meant that we can go out to different locations again! We had been stuck on base and sampling local birds for the past few days.  When the motors came in [...]