Counting Piping Plovers
Counting birds on a beach in the Bahamas sounds like a dream vacation. But tallying populations of small species—in this case, Piping Plovers—is more of a feat than a fiesta. Volunteers must stand in the tide under the hot afternoon sun for hours at a time, sand whipping at their faces. They slog through wet mud flats with scopes and heavy cameras, constantly straining their eyes to scan for the creatures, keeping score the entire time.
Read more on Audubon.org. Text by Purbita Saha.