[Bristol-Birds] BBC's student begins summer field studies in the Sierra Nevadas
- From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:43:04 -0400
Chris O'Bryan arrived this evening at his base camp at Shaver Lake CA where he began work today as a Student Amphibian Field Technician with the U.S. Forest Service in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He is working with the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. This is a national program that involves the research station, research conducted by the University of California Davis and the University of California Berkeley. The Sierra National Forest, adjacent to the southern part of Yosemite National Park, includes more than 1.3 million acres (an area about the size of the combined Mount Rogers National Recreation Area south of the New River in Virginia, all the Cherokee National Forest lands in Tennessee to north Georgia and including the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee and North Carolina). The forest is at altitudes ranging from 900 to 13,986 feet in elevation. Chris will be conducting backcountry field work on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and often out many days afield and many miles out -- much of it packing, camping and researching on foot. He spent more than a week alone driving, herping, birding and camping as he traveled 3,000 miles to begin work this morning at 8 a.m. when he checked in at the Sierra Nevada Research Center four hours north of Shaver Lake at Davis, CA. He had been scheduled to start earlier but the snow in the mountains only began to melt in the last couple of weeks. He expects to be with the project for about eight weeks.
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