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It may be too chilly for bird-watching in Central Park, but just across the street the Museum offers warm, indoor bird-spotting in its varied dioramas.

In this video, accompany Exhibition Associate and bird expert Stephen C. Quinn on a bird-watching tour.

Oh AMNHNYC! How you steal my heart all the time. One day will I not only visit you, but I will work in your blessed halls. I can’t explain how awesome it is to see the varied uses you have come up with for the dioramas. 

I spent the morning on my rove interacting with this little rock wren. I would play a rock wren song on my phone and then he would respond and get pretty close. I felt kind of bad. He was calling to an automated machine, but it was neat to see him up close and observe his behavior. 

I spent the morning on my rove interacting with this little rock wren. I would play a rock wren song on my phone and then he would respond and get pretty close. I felt kind of bad. He was calling to an automated machine, but it was neat to see him up close and observe his behavior. 

I was scolded by a child.

While on a rove around the trail at MOCA, I was also trying to capture some candid photographs of my feathered friends. I was squatting off the trail to capture some sparrows when I heard the voice of a small child ask her parents why I wasn’t on the trail. The parents tried to explain that I worked there and I didn’t have to be on the trail. The little girl did not understand and just kept saying I needed to stay on the trail. I obliged. I guess it serves as an important reminder that when visitors are walking the trail it may be better to follow the same guidlines and rules that they must adhere to. 

I was asked that becuase I was leading bird walks if I would take some photographs of birds for Montezuma’s Castle’s website. Here are ten that I have taken so far. It is proving a bit of a challenge due to the camera I have. I have a pretty nice digital (Olympus pen) but I bought the smaller camera body so larger lenses can’t be hooked up without a lens adapter. Well try taking pictures of birds with manual focus. It gets a little frustrating but I am getting better. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get a couple more species. 

side note: there are no saguaros at MOCA so the Red-Tail was actually taken at Organ Pipe. There is a nesting Red-Tail pari at the castle, but I have yet to capture them yet. Finger’s crossed. 

Give me nature over people.

I’ll admit, working at TUZI is not the most exciting thing ever. Somedays is can get pretty slow, but nature is all around you and if you walk around there is something to keep your attention. One day I was out and about on the trail and I saw movement on the field, or the tailings cap, which turned out to be a deer. I sat there and watched it for a minute, like a park ranger. As I was standing there a visitor looked at me and stated “working hard, uh”. I just said “yep” back. I’m sorry you’re jealous of my job, but nobody likes their job questioned, so keep moving asshole. But as I sat there, watching this deer another popped into my vision and they started chasing each other as if they were playing tag. As I watched this interaction unfold, it brought a slight smile to my face. No one else around me noticed. Then I heard the typical teenager “this place is boring” and the mom shouting at him. I just stared at the deer. Nature not people is why I got into this job. 

Ranger Duties!
The day after Christmas was a busy time for the monuments, which is a welcomed change. Some days I was afraid of falling asleep at the desk due to lack of visitation! I was assigned the CA shift at the castle, which meant I delivered all three of the interpretive programs. Between the three I spoke to around 120 people. Not bad for the day. Double (or more) than the number of people since I began my detail here in the beginning of November. 

Ranger Duties!

The day after Christmas was a busy time for the monuments, which is a welcomed change. Some days I was afraid of falling asleep at the desk due to lack of visitation! I was assigned the CA shift at the castle, which meant I delivered all three of the interpretive programs. Between the three I spoke to around 120 people. Not bad for the day. Double (or more) than the number of people since I began my detail here in the beginning of November.