Hope you got to see the incredible solar eclipse today! I was stuck in Grand Isle but we made the most of it! It was overcast and it rained right at peak time, but I was able to see it for a few minutes with my super cool eclipse glasses before the clouds became too dense. Can’t wait for the next one! My baby will be old enough to remember it then :). Hard to see from inside my belly!
Probably one of the most important things you can do as a field biologist is have a back up plan. Research is incredibly expensive. The kind of expensive that it could cost you $10,000 per day just to rent a boat expensive. Continue reading
Starting today, you will be able to fish Red Snapper on weekends (Fri – Sun) until the limit has been reached. Don’t forget you will need the ROLP (https://rolp.wlf.la.gov/) in addition to your fishing license. Bag limits are two per person and the minimum length is 16 inches. Continue reading
I love this picture of Duke… I needed an excuse to post it in my blog :). On to business… We are talking about interviews.
If you have an interview, do your absolute best to be there in person! I feel very strongly about this. Many people get hired through phone interviews, but there is something about human connection that gives the in-person interview an advantage. One of the most important things is that you could be equally qualified with someone else but if it is between you and the other person who does a phone interview, you will most likely get the offer. Especially if you smile a lot! It also shows that the interview is important to you. Continue reading
On a recent fishing trip, we were going through our Red Snapper catch and noticed one was slightly darker than the rest. When we looked closely, we found the fish had a few distinguishing marks. I was told it was a Blackfin Snapper, in the same genus as the Red Snapper. Even more exciting, it has a higher catch limit and no season! I found a really good article on these fish so I won’t rewrite what someone else has written well, so check it out at http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=8055.
As you can see, the Blackfin Snapper is definitely a different color, but when by itself it is easy to assume it’s a Red Snapper at a glance. Continue reading
You can find the most unlikely fish in Barataria Bay. Just the other day we caught a Scrawled Filefish with a dip net, and today we caught this highly sought-after offshore fish! Just a baby version. Many juvenile species spend their younger years inshore before they move offshore to live and spawn. I had no idea that Mahi made it into the bay. They are amazing in that they are very fast growers. They will reach adult full size within a year or so. With such a high growth rate, I wonder at what size they move offshore and out of the bays? I will have to research it and get back to you, but until then, I hope you enjoy this little clip.
Today was one for the history books. The first official release of a dolphin (named Octavius) in Louisiana that had undergone rehab was released back in the wild right here in Grand Isle! He was rescued six months ago and went to Audubon for care. Dolphin strandings are unfortunately common, especially in places where you have large dolphin populations. They happen for all kinds of reasons, but occasionally we get a live stranding and he/she is safely moved to a local rehabilitation facility. Continue reading
Where has the time gone? I have been so preoccupied at work. I have some good news (or is it?)! I got promoted to Biologist Supervisor at my lab. What a change! Now rather than just concentrating on my work, I have to be worried about everyone else’s work too! And their schedule, questions, behavior, etc… but it is a labor of love. I have such a big heart for my lab, the people there, and the work we do that I am happy to be working my tail off for the lab’s greater good.
How do you de-stress during your work day? I may have mentioned this before, but my favorite part of my day is running at lunchtime. And it’s not because I love running! It’s because when I get back, I feel ridiculously awesome and renewed… Ready to “start” the rest of my day.
It’s very strategic though… I eat a snack at just the right time so I’m not hungry or full before my run, and I always go at noon. If I try to put it off an hour, I get busy and it doesn’t happen. It is really important to stick to a routine sometimes. This helps me have no excuses. Continue reading
Getting the stink eye from a triggerfish, jack, and moray eel awaiting breakfast!