Flying on Redonda

(For email readers: make sure you come to the website so you can see the video. Also, for full screen – which I highly recommend – you might have to click the vimeo button in the lower right to watch it there.)   One of the pieces of equipment I was most eager to try … More Flying on Redonda

Living on Redonda

Initially I thought getting to Redonda was going to be a challenge, but the helicopter made that aspect of the trip a delightful adventure. Living on Redonda for a week, though—that was tough. In retrospect, I’d say the challenge was simultaneously harder than anticipated but more comfortable than I’d feared. Here’s a panorama of our camp: There … More Living on Redonda

Helicoptering to Redonda

I’ve decided to break up the Redonda posts thematically. There’s a bit of a beginning, middle, and end to the trip, but the experience day-by-day makes less sense than talking about big things that we were working on in Redonda that often spanned several days. First up, getting to Redonda! As I’d mentioned previously, the best … More Helicoptering to Redonda

Heading out!

Alright, this is a little passé now that I’m back, but I think I’d be remiss talking about all of our adventures on Redonda, Antigua, and Great Bird Island without at least mentioning some of the preparations. Preparing for the Redonda expedition was some of the most challenging fieldwork prep I’ve ever done. Geoff, a science write … More Heading out!

Back from Redonda

Hi Everyone! I’m back from the Redonda trip safe and sound. I’m not so thrilled to be greeted by the biggest snowstorm of the year in Boston though. Antigua and Barbuda gave me a taste of summer we’re not going to see here until July. Anyway, Redonda was a glorious adventure and I’m spending the … More Back from Redonda

Describing A. nubilus

  Dr. James “Skip” Lazell Jr. was the first to formally describe Anolis nubilus in a 1972 publication from the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. Above are two of his drawings of the species from the publication. He’s a colorful and evocative writer so I’m going to let his description of … More Describing A. nubilus

Working on Redonda

As I said in the previous Redonda post, I’m headed to the island in search of the three endemic species of lizards living there. My goal is to gather as much baseline data as possible on the natural history of these lizards so we can come back in a year, or in 10 years and … More Working on Redonda

A great video about FFI conservation in Antigua

If you’re curious who I’ll be working with in Redonda, check out this video about FFI’s conservation efforts in Antigua. Dr. Jenny Daltry is the leader of the Redonda restoration effort and the one who initially contacted us about the lizard research, so I’ve been working closely with her to coordinate plans. FFI has been working in the … More A great video about FFI conservation in Antigua

Redonda

I know this is a bit last minute notice but it seems like that’s how this whole project has been. I’m headed to Redonda in a week! Redonda you ask? Never heard of it? Yeah, well, neither had I. Redonda is a little tiny island in the Lesser Antilles and to save you the trouble … More Redonda