Friday, December 29, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Atoll, every creature was stirring, especially the party biologists." Well, it is officially Christmas here at Midway atoll, and we rang it in in style. After a long week of work the crew here cut loose a little bit and got funky on the dance floor to the sounds of our home grown jam band the "Chugach Band." The band is made up almost entirely of guys from Thailand who play a mix of classic rock, and funky Thai jams that got the party thumping. It was a very good time, and everyone on the island participated in the party. In the photo above are Caleb and Gretchen, two of the volunteers here who help me out with my work. Caleb is a botanist from Homer, Alaska and Gretchen has lived in Hawaii, studying Monk Seals for several years. They both are wonderful people and talented biologists. Gretchen was recently engaged to another one of the researchers on the island and they are a fun couple to be around. In the photo to the left I am boogieing down with Tanaya who is here to care for a group of captive monk seal pups that are going to be released into the wild in a few months. She is from San Francisco and is part of a research group that has pioneered techniques for the care and keeping of wild seals.