Monthly Archives: July 2013

East Bay Island, 2013, banding season

July 19, 2013

All joking aside, East Bay Island is one of the world’s largest common eider colony in the world. Depending on the year between 4000 and 8000 pairs nest on the island during the summer months, starting when the island is still locked in endless ice in every direction. Grant started working on East Bay in […]

East Bay Island, 2013, blind work

July 10, 2013

East Bay Island is different from most other bird colonies I have worked at. Seabird colonies in the Arctic are on cliffs, and so the blinds we work in are situated along the edge of the colony and you just walk up the blind and take you place inside; the birds barely notice. But eider […]

East Bay, 2013, early season shorebirds

July 4, 2013

The camp located on East Bay Island was established as a camp to study the common eider duck. But, to be honest when you arrive on East Bay Island in late May/early June you may find this hard to believe.  In early June the island is a small area of exposed rock in a sea […]

East Bay Island, 2013, actually getting to camp

July 2, 2013

By the absence in posts over the last few weeks you can tell that even with all the challenges I finally did get to East Bay. This year because of the weather not cooperating the first crew arrived at East Bay Island via snowmachine from Coral Harbour, rather then the usual air arrival. After we […]