Jackie Dearb

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Jackie Dearb

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores January 31st 2011

Whoops. I am so very sorry everyone. I have kinda epically failed at blogging about this latest adventure of mine, so I am truly sorry about that. I will try to be better, but I can't promise anything. It's tough cause there is less going on than some of my previous experiences, and my internet time is less frequent. But enough with the excuses. Things have been going very well. I am enjoying the job very much. I had a pretty stressful week two weeks ago, mostly just a lot of stuff happening a few days' time, but it all turned out okay, so that was good. Our guided tours start tomorrow (hopefully... I am supposed to give the tour tomorrow, but it is also supposed to be crazy storming tomorrow so we may have to ... read more

North America » United States » Alabama » Gulf Shores December 18th 2010

Well, I never expected this to happen, but that just goes to show how unexpected life can be. When I left the crane ranch, I was quite sad and hated leaving because I was worried that I might never get to come back and see all those people again. Then, just a little over 2 months after leaving Mississippi, I got a call from Lauren telling me I could have a job at Bon Secour helping the biologist there, if I wanted it. So, totally unexpectedly, following Thanksgiving I found myself once again making the drive down to the gulf coast, this time to Gulf Shores Alabama. So far it has been quite lovely. The house I am living in on the refuge is insane, there is simply no other way to describe it. It is ... read more
Dining Room
Living Room

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier August 26th 2010

Wanna know why I haven't updated in so long? Possibly because of frustration! I just started writing a new entry. I had a few paragraphs written. Then the computer wigged out and I lost it all. :-/ Harumph. Ok, so maybe that isn't why I haven't written (although that really did just happen). I could say things were busy. Cause they were there for a while. But it did become less hectic. But then I didn't have much exciting news to report. And when I did, I just never felt like writing about it. However, two things have made me decide to write this now. First of all, my friend who is currently living in Japan and keeping a blog about her times there (who also hadn't updated in forever) finally wrote a new entry, thus ... read more
Sprayfield chick
Go free!

North America » United States » Mississippi » Biloxi June 27th 2010

Hey all! Sorry, yet again, for the long space gap between entries. This got even more hectic shortly after my last post. I moved again, for the final time, so I am now back on the refuge, living in the new bunk house. It is quite nice! :) For a while, I had been hoping to have the opportunity to do something to help with this whole oil spill disaster going on in the gulf. I was given the chance in early June. My boss called me on Sunday June 6th and asked if I would be interested in doing a 2 week detail for the oil spill, walking transects on beaches, and conducting bird surveys. I said yes. Monday was spent doing lots of online training and then Tuesday was my first day. Normally, a ... read more
dead trees on Ship
Osprey on nest

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier May 31st 2010

For those who have been wondering why the blog posts have been few and far between for the past month or so, I am very sorry. Mainly, I've just been super busy with work. And when I'm not working, I just haven't felt up to writing. Anyway, lots has been going on. Even since the last time I wrote, in mid-may. We are still desperately trying to keep the chicks alive, but are not having much success. It can definitely get a bit frustrating, but even so I am still so glad to have this job. I know that we are trying the best we can. Hopefully by the end of this nesting season we will have figured something out that works. The main goal has been the nest barriers. The thought was build a barrier ... read more
Lauren, Ingrid, FB chick, and me
FB chick, inside pen
FB parents, outside pen

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier May 31st 2010

I wanted to write about my first time doing a frog survey, so here goes. It was about a month ago that I actually did it. Whoops. Sorry for the time delay. Anywho, on a wednesday night, around the end of april I believe, Scott was going to be conducting a nationwide frog survey on the refuge and so I asked if I could join him. I had choir rehearsal that night so I had to join him after he had already started. Ended up that by the time I got out into the field, he was finished with 3 of the points. The first point I went to with him, I thought maybe the frog survey wasn't really all that exciting. The spot was on the refuge, but very near the highway, and so the ... read more

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier May 12th 2010

Phew. Sorry that it has been an age and a half since the last entry. I thought I was busy in the beginning, but the last month or so has just been insane!! I kept meaning to write and then whenever I had a down-moment I just didn't feel up to it. But I shall try to do it now. Things have been busy, but really really good. I still am beyond in love with this job. I am learning so much and everyone here is super nice and just wonderful. As we progress into the middle of nesting season, things really started to pick up. We have multiple nests going, and then chicks started hatching and now we are doing everything we can to keep chicks alive, which is easier said than done. The majority ... read more
jazz cruise boat

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier April 16th 2010

This was without a doubt the best week I've had so far here. And that is taking into account the fact that so far I have pretty much loved everything. Week started out normally, doing the typical stuff. Tuesday afternoon we built another nest barrier. We started and finished it in a matter of hours. Meant that we worked late that day (til about 5:30) but it was worth it. Wednesday after work I went to dinner at the church I have been going to. Met some new people, all very nice. Twas good. After dinner (and a bible class), I had my first choir rehearsal!! I LOVED it. I had forgotten how much I love singing as part of a group. And I think there may be some sort of unwritten rule that people in ... read more
3 cranes seen from the helicopter

Many of you know this, but for those who don't, I have moved. Sort of. Ugh. Tis a looooong story. But here is the short(ish) version. We recently discovered mold in the trailer (particularly in Ingrid's bathroom). Upon inspection, we were told we couldn't live there any more. I was really bummed about this since we were just getting settled in and I was loving having my own room and having the awesome comfy chairs in the living room, etc. Anyway, this was decided on Thursday and so Thursday night Lauren had as sleepover her house cause she didn't want us sleeping in the trailer. That was lovely. I slept on her couch, which was very comfortable. Friday after work we had previous plans to dog-sit for Lauren and so that is what we did. Ingrid ... read more

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gautier April 9th 2010

The title says it all. This week went all over the place. It started out not so great. Some of the baby cranes we had found/seen the week before, were gone when we went to check on them. No sign of them or their parents. Not good. Still were trying to hold out hope but things weren't looking too positive. But Monday night two of my best friends from high school arrived to visit me!!! I was very happy. We went to ocean springs and walked around (nothing was open but they got to see what the town looks like, and to walk down to the gulf). Then we got dinner at one of the local bars that I had heard a lot of good things about but had not been to yet. I got this ... read more
such a cutie
sunset over ocean springs beach
with my friends outside the Shed

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