After two months on the road in the BIObus, we’ve collected specimens from seven of Canada’s gorgeous national parks along the east coast. This was my first time going further east than Montreal, so this trip immediately was a series of first experience after first experience for me, which is something that I will appreciate for a long time. We worked hard and for long hours on the RV and accomplished a lot.
Fundy, Gros Morne, Terra Nova, Cape Breton Highlands, Kejimkujik, Prince Edward Island and Kouchibouguac were all unique and inspiring national parks in their own right. I was extremely excited for this work opportunity for a number of reasons, but one of the aspects that interested me most was the promise of extensive wildlife photography. We came across many intriguing organisms, from plant to arthropod to mammal and I photographed all that I could – I could not be happier with the experience and results. I don’t know the next time I’ll get to see puffins in person, but I hope I do some time soon because it is really an incredible sight.
The field experience was also a first for me. Living on the road and working outdoors in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions was tough at times but rewarding and worthwhile. The sheer amount of insects I was exposed to (mosquitoes not withholding) was intense. The amount of life hiding in the bushes and trees is mind-boggling, the small glimpse I had of it was a great sight.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to work along and to appreciate the Eastern portion of Canada. I would not hesitate to do it again. It’s been a fun 8 weeks.