Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 23, 2009

A-birding I will go

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 6:32 am

It’s 5 a.m. and I am sitting in my car in the parking lot of the Wicked Brew, using their Wi-Fi.  I am to meet some birders at 0545 at The Wetlands for a new experience:  mist nets and bird-banding.  I’ll take my chances with lots of DEET in exchange for protection from the West-Nile-bearing mosquitoes, and I hope to get my hands on a chickadee or gnatcatcher.

I am still basking in the perfection of yesterday, and the deep satisfaction found in interpreting my park for our visitors.  The worst day I’ve had as a park ranger is still better than most days I’ve had as a teacher.  Seriously, shouldn’t that tell me something??  Truth rarely resounds that clearly.


  1. Alas, I suspect the days as a teacher are colored by students’ lack of discipline, lack of desire to learn, and wishing they were anywhere else. I believe your baby sister spoke of those differences in teaching in Dubai.

    Comment by Mom — July 23, 2009 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  2. Oops. I forgot lack of respect. Maybe you should wear your ranger hat in the classroom.

    Comment by Mom — July 23, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

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