"Scientists wrap up their two months studying island birds in Papua New Guinea with a stop at an annual canoe festival that brings together hundreds of islanders."
"During these final days, we organized and inventoried two months’ worth of data and field samples. These included photos and field notes from every participant, and more than 2,000 blood and tissue samples taken from more than 500 birds from 17 different islands. These were some of our longest days and latest nights: Fieldwork halts when the sun goes down, but inventory and report-writing continue until the work is done.
By all of our measurements, the trip was wildly successful. The specimens were organized, packed and shipped to the capital, Port Moresby. Most of the team flew directly out of Moresby and headed home, while Bulisa Iova and I worked for a few more days on national permits, export documents, compiling data for basic reports and meeting with officials at the Department of Environment and Conservation – the body that overseas scientific studies that involve wildlife. We shared some of our best photos with the officials, who are compiling educational materials on protected animals and plants."