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Twelve days of rafting

July 30 From the South Nahanni River, Northwest Territories Our transportation Our lodging Our backyard Our kitchen Our dining room Our drinking water Our Nahanni family

Rain Delay

This past week due to rain and heavy winds, the group has been stuck on base. Nevertheless it’s been a fun week full of new experiences. -We’ve said hello to a new team member (Doug Cause) and goodbye to another (Calen Offield).

Catching Kittiwakes and Downloading Data and a Few Other Surprises

This past week has been focused on catching passerines here on base and on catching Black-Legged Kittiwakes with geolocators on Saunder’s Island. It has been full of late nights, long hours on the boat, and getting pooped on. Our original plan on Sunday was to travel up North to catch Thick-Billed Murres and Dovekies and [...]

Rafting the great expedition rivers of North America

July 18 A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it. — Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in New Jersey v. New York, 283 U.S. 336, 342 (1931)

Camping out in Booth Sound

This past week, Sunday, July 8th to Saturday, July 14th, Bridger, Jeff and I camped out in Booth Sound. The goal for the week was to recapture the arctic terns that were banded with geolocators two years ago.  Last year they attempted to do the same, but only recaptured 1 out of about 24.  Our [...]

How to capture a Peregrine Falcon

Bridger, Jeff, and I just got back last night from almost a week camping out in Booth sound.  I’ll get to that excursion a little later, but first let me continue what I started about the peregrine and gyrfalcons. This group’s mission when it first started coming to Greenland in the 70′s was focused solely [...]

Which author was right about wilderness?

July 16 A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of laughter more terrible than any sadness-a laughter that was mirthless as the [...]

Midnight sun oddities

July 13 There are strange things done under the midnight sun…. — Robert Service, Yukon rhymester We are leaving the Yukon and moving on to the Northwest Territories. The Yukon is a great place, but we certainly had some strange experiences:

Land of mosquitoes and bears

July 12 Remember to keep the main thing the main thing. — My father, Carl Bahls There are two annoyances in the Arctic — mosquitoes and bears. High in the Arctic, mosquitoes can swarm you by the hundreds. You might be the only warm-blooded creature in 25 square miles. And it is not uncommon to [...]

Stepping into someone else’s mining boats

July 11 You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mocking Bird I am fond of reminding our students that one of the benefits of a broad liberal [...]