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Other primary members of the research team that participated in this field trip where Tricia Miller, Kristy Rowden, Adam Duerr, Terry Grubb, and Jeff Cooper, all from different places and with different expertise. These wonderful folks were outstanding to work with and tolerated the presence of a statistician who was at best, in some instances, a passionate observer -- thank you! At the start of the trip, Trish and I flew to piping hot Phoenix where we met Terry, Jeff, and Kristy for a long 6-7 hour drive west to southern California where we stayed the night at a Motel 6 in Barstow. The evening drive through Joshua Tree National Park was mint!
|Joshua Tree National Park|
|Terry Grubb rappels down to a golden eagle nest. If you look closely, you can see the eaglet in the nest.|
|Todd (L) and I with a golden eaglet.|
And that pretty much sums up the adventure. Work real hard from sunrise to sunset, find one of the many local Mexican restaurants for dinner, and crash for 5-6 hours of sleep at the nearest Motel 6. In closing, what struck me was the beauty of southern California, as well as the beauty of these magnificent birds. I feel so lucky to have had this experience, to help the golden eagles, and to work with such intelligent, knowledgable people. So lucky ...
|A Mojave Desert sunset.|