Beginning Bird Surveys in Bois Jolie

It’s been a little over a week since we arrived in Haiti and I’m pleased to say that things are going well. When we arrived last Monday, I was somewhat anxious about my research methods, but after working out the kinks I feel much better. My research this summer is centered on bird biodiversity in agroforestry settings (in this case Bois Jolie and Morne Michel) and involves walking different routes and recording which bird species I encounter there.

This morning was my first actual trial in Bois Jolie and even though it didn’t go as planned, I’m still happy with my results. For some reason it never occurred to me to check what time sunrise was and I ended up waking up much earlier than was necessary. After the sun did finally peak over the mountains, Ephesian and I set out to see what birds we could find. I’m especially glad to be partnered with Ephesian because it turns out he’s an excellent birder! We ended up spotting eleven different species in just our first morning! Hopefully this trend will continue during the coming weeks.

Besides collecting data for my research, I also visited household with Chris and Bre and helped them collect some of there data. Getting to visit and chat with the farmers of Bois Jolie has been one of my favorite parts of my experience so far. It has really helped me improve my Creole (which I’ll admit is severely lacking) and been an awesome way to view the landscape and its residents. I’m really looking forward to continuing this sort of work in Morne Michel on Thursday.

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