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August 20, 2009 / stephanie

10 Things I Learned in Texas…

I’m finally settled in at home in Madison after spending the summer banding in Texas. It’s good to be back! Mostly though because the temperature right now is only 73F (instead of 103) and it’s the middle of the afternoon.


To sum up my experience with the MAPS program in Brownwood Texas, it was all I anticipated and more. So much fun! And really excellent people! I learned SO much and I would definitely do it again.


And here are some of the things I learned while I was in Texas…


1. Learned I can go an entire summer without using a microwave! (and oatmeal cooked on the stove top is 100 times better than microwave cooked!)


2. Learned how to age a Painted Bunting (PABU!)


3. Learned that the Carolina Chickadee sounds like it says, “I will kill you” and the Summer Tanager says, “Pik a chu.. pika chu chu chu!”


4. Learned how to spot the difference between a Bewick’s Wren and a Carolina Wren


(Bewick’s on the Left, Carolina on the Right)

5. Learned that Mourning Doves shed a lot of feathers when they EXPLODE! (see image at the top)

6. There’s no pain quite like a Cardinal biting your cuticles

(Don’t ever get too close to that beak!)

7. A lot of people in Texas have never seen a Painted Bunting, or if they have they think it’s an escaped pet! They are all over the place, you just have to look!

8. It is OK to only check email 3 times a week

9. Learned how to do the Texan “two-step”

10. Learned so much about extracting and aging techniques for all birds!


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