Tao Ye, Huixue Chen, Basia Gwardjan – Team Canada Lynx
This morning we woke up at 5:30 to go bird catching – it may seem like an early start, but compared to ornithologists who wake up at 4 AM, it could have been considered a sleep in! Even though we knew we would feel extremely sleepy in the afternoon, we were very excited to go out. We hiked through the marsh to Cow Island in order to set up a misting net to trap birds and identify them. We were able to lure in the white breasted nuthatch and the red eyed vireo using different calling techniques, however neither species was successfully trapped. Having more than 20 people gathering around the nest waiting for the birds (which is usually done in a much smaller group) likely affected the outcome. After we returned and ate breakfast, Dr. Lougheed led a discussion regarding recent cuts to research funding in Canada. The afternoon seemed simple and peaceful. We swam in Lake Opinicon and played frisbee to take advantage of the nice weather. The day ended with four student seminars and a briefing from Dr. Wang about our wetland assessment projects. At the end of the day, we did a bit of star gazing before retiring to bed.