The Envirovet group landed on St. Catherine's Island yesterday. It is a barrier island off the coast of southern Georgia, and it is home to deer, frogs, many birds, alligators, and lemurs - a wildlife veterinarian-to-be's mecca! We got a quick introduction to the island yesterday and had a family-style dinner with the whole staff. I love this kind of place - reminds me of Catalina Island. Dozens of outdoorsy people running towards the kitchen at the sound of the dinner bell; lining up with plates in hand for burgers, hot dogs, salad, and sweet tea. What is it about eating like this that makes it taste so good?!
Today we started with an orientation to bird sampling and surveillance. We set up mist nets to catch small birds (cow birds, cardinals) and then we each got to practice our handling techniques. Once we learned the basics we practiced removing the trapped birds from the mist nets - a tedious task!