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Post by Chilidog » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:22 pm

About this time, two years ago, my son and I went to a visit event at his school of choice, Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois.

They had a number of open house activities and presentations by various professors and students about some of the projects that they were involved in.

There was one about research projects abroad.
We went in and sat down. The classroom was packed. I sat behind Jake. The professor started her lecture with a slide show about a multi-year project she was working on in Greenland studying the effects of environmental toxins (mercury) and global warming on bird populations in Greenland. She showed a picture of a Peregrine falcon.

Jake and I had done some bird watching together as a father son activity. Even before she identified the bird for the group, I could tell by the way Jake suddenly Sat up a bit straighter, that he had already recognized what it was.

At the conclusion of her talk, she asked if anyone would be interested in going on such a trip. Jake's was the only hand raised. As everyone left, Jake went up and talked to her and got her card. Over the next year and a half, he stayed in touch with her and last fall, she hired him to review and classify bird behavior captured on nest cam videos.

He applied to go on this summer's research trip (they only take one undergrad a year), but there were 10 other applicants as well.

This weekend he told us, HE GOT THE POSITION!

He is going to Greenland for 7 weeks this summer.

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They will be based out of Thule Airbase (the Pituffic study area).

Wow! I can't believe it. I am so proud of him.

This is an incredible opportunity for him.

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http://www.higharctic.org/



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Post by RoadScholar » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 pm

Yay Chilipup!

You should be proud of him, and I’m proud of you for raising such an interesting, and interested, young fellow. :clap:


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Post by Estiveo » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 pm

That is awesome!

Be warned, though, that sounds like how a young MikeDunford started out...ply him with beer and he'll tell you about wallaby bites and other misadventures.


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Post by Chilidog » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:46 pm

RoadScholar wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 pm
Yay Chilipup!

You should be proud of him, and I’m proud of you for raising such an interesting, and interested, young fellow. :clap:
What amazes me is how laser focused he has been on his goals since he went away to school.



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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:51 pm

How wonderful is this news :-D

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Post by kate520 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:46 pm

Chili, how cool is that?!? Birds. Yeah, they grab some of us with those talons, don’t let go for years. Congrats!

You and chilimama done did a good job.,


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Post by Dolly » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:53 pm

Congrats to your son and best wishes on his assignment. :thumbs:

Kudos to the parents also.

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:08 am

I am so pleased for both of you. What an incredible experience he has waiting for him this Summer. Lots of pictures, plz....


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Post by Azastan » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:23 am

Oooh, exciting! He will get to observe gyrfalcons as well.

Does he know what the summer research project will cover?



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Post by Chilidog » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:38 am

Azastan wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:23 am
Oooh, exciting! He will get to observe gyrfalcons as well.

Does he know what the summer research project will cover?
A list of the ongoing projects.

http://www.higharctic.org/?page_id=729



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:52 am

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:53 am

Wow! What a wonderful opportunity for Jake! It sounds like he earned it too! Puff out your chest, Chilidog!!!! Enjoy being a proud papa!!!!! :bighug:

Oh, we want pics from Greenland!


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Post by Azastan » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:57 am

Chilidog wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:38 am
Azastan wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:23 am
Oooh, exciting! He will get to observe gyrfalcons as well.

Does he know what the summer research project will cover?
A list of the ongoing projects.

http://www.higharctic.org/?page_id=729
So not necessarily working with peregrines, then. Looks as if there are several projects going on. You will have to keep us informed!



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Post by Foggy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:11 am

That is totally cool. 'Course, global warming is accelerating as we write. He should snap up some coastal property there in preparation for owning a tropical beach paradise. :think:


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Post by much ado » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:33 am

Wow! That's fantastic news!

Our son volunteered many years at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory watching and counting raptors on Hawk Hill.

https://www.parksconservancy.org/progra ... bservatory

They have a live web cam of a peregrine in the UC Berkeley campanile. There was a bird there when I just checked...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaJuC-r ... e=youtu.be

GGRO has an internship program, if your son is interested in that...

https://www.parksconservancy.org/our-wo ... ships-ggro

Congratulations to your son and your family!



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Post by Chilidog » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:32 pm

Azastan wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:57 am
Chilidog wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:38 am
Azastan wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:23 am
Oooh, exciting! He will get to observe gyrfalcons as well.

Does he know what the summer research project will cover?
A list of the ongoing projects.

http://www.higharctic.org/?page_id=729
So not necessarily working with peregrines, then. Looks as if there are several projects going on. You will have to keep us informed!
Actually, a major part of the research involves peregrines. They will be putting out nest cams for the breeding season.



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Post by Azastan » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:58 pm

Chilidog wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:32 pm

Actually, a major part of the research involves peregrines. They will be putting out nest cams for the breeding season.
Exciting!

Peregrines are reasonably common here in Puget Sound. But gyrfalcons, those are special. I've only ever seen one, at what is known as The West 90, which has nothing to do with I-90.



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Post by RVInit » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:10 am

Congratulations! How exciting and what an honor. I think he earned this, for sure and wish him the best. I hope this will be the beginnings of a satisfying lifelong pursuit, though it appears he's already taken steps down that road.


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Post by Chilidog » Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:22 pm

Well he's north of the Arctic circle, but still 750 miles south of his destination.

Another LC130 flight tomorrow for him.



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Post by Chilidog » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:26 am

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Post by Estiveo » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:11 am

Chilly pup!


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Post by AndyinPA » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:43 am

Wow!



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Post by Chilidog » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:18 pm

The next Bear Grylls.

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Post by Hurtzi » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:17 pm

Does your son know about the extremely promiscuous women of Greenland?


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:21 pm

Chilidog wrote:
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