Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Deeper Into Flat Tops Wilderness Area

August 9-10, 2013

Rebecca Kosten: transcripts of telephone call:

Afternoon thunderstorms have made finding owls almost impossible.  Ehlmann and Stevens continue to hike the Flat Tops Wilderness area conducting bird surveys.

They ventured deeper into the Wilderness Area exploring around Bison Lake, Heart Lake and Deep Lake.

A trip around Triangle Mountain continued to Indian and Shepherd Lakes.  Purple Martins were run into twice, American Three-toed Woodpecker count was seven, White-tailed Ptarmigan were found twice, Dusky Grouse three times.

Owl count was only one Boreal Owl and one Flammulated Owl.  Their "owl listening stations" could not be deployed because of rain.  The one flaw, the stations are not water friendly.  An attempt to cover with plastic did not work.  The stations stayed dry, but water falling on the plastic covered any night sounds.

The winch on the front of the jeep came in handy, as they had to pull themselves out of mud the second afternoon.

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