Ralf Stinson <ralf1@...>
Dear Emiko & Bonnie:
I am interested. I like flying, and birding so I think I would be a good
fit. No problem IDing Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets.
Also, I am a private pilot, but not current. So I can not be the pilot, but
for a light aircraft, I can be the co-pilot. I would also be happy as an
observer (bird-watcher). I am an active skydiver with over 2500 jumps, so
not only am I accustomed to airplanes, I even feel good about hanging on the
outside of airplanes in flight.
59 years old, retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander. Usually worked in
engineering on ships.
Married with two daughters (2nd one named Emiko 江美子), now empty nest at
home (both daughters on their own)
Main hobby: Skydiving with birding and photograpy as significant second
Wear glasses but no health issues. Not now holding a current Airman's
Medical Certificant, but a few years ago, received a Class 2 Medical
Certificate and I have never failed a Airman's Medical Exam. (Required for
HALO parachute jumps - 30,0000 ft.)
Scuba diver, couple times a year I go diving.
Height 5'11" and weight 210#
9 Dresden Bay
Alameda, CA 94502
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Ellen
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 17:03
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Research Project in Northern California needs
Did you ever want to fly with Herons and Egrets? Now is your chance!
The Cypress Grove Research Center of Audubon Canyon Ranch conducts a variety
of research projects in northern California, including long-term monitoring
of heron and egret colonies around San Francisco Bay. The Following Flights
project is a study of heron and egret landscape use and foraging behavior.
Just as it sounds-we go up in small aircraft and follow the birds as they
travel from their nesting colonies to foraging areas. The project has been
ongoing for five years, the results of which contributed to the Integrated
Regional Wetlands Monitoring (IRWM) Project and have been published in the
journal, Wetlands. Biology doesn't get much more exciting than this-and we
need your help!
Pilots, co-pilots, and bird watchers are needed!
Volunteers must feel comfortable in small aircraft-the flights are not for
the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. Volunteers also should have the ability
to identify Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Snowy Egrets in flight and
at a distance. Actual flight dates have not yet been scheduled, but will
take place around mid-June, depending on the tides and pilot availability.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information,
please contact Emiko or Bonnie by phone or email. Typically we try to
schedule three flights, each with a pilot, co-pilot, and two observers. Once
we establish specific dates for the flights, we will contact you to
determine your availability on the selected dates.
Stay tuned for updates-once airborne, this project flies! Thank you for your
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All the best,
Emiko Condeso, Biologist/GIS Speicalist
Bonnie Warren, Administrative Manager
Cypress Grove Research Center
Audubon Canyon Ranch