Here I am taking a Global Positioning System (GPS) reading before breakfast at midnight (No, that's not a TV remote control). Unfortunately, the film in the camera was too fast for the indirect lighting of the arctic. It was actually quite light outside (honest).
We had to get up around midnight in order to be at our survey locations by the 3 a.m. sunrise. Bird activity is at its peak at sunrise. This effect is known as the "morining chorus" and is the best time to census for birds.
We would later add a twelve gauge shotgun to the list of equipment shown here. About five
hours after this picture was taken, Dan and I had a face-to-face encounter with a grizzly bear.
To read about our bear encounter, click here.
Picture of the house I lived in.
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