Heading south for the summer might seem a strange notion to a bird. But for faculty emeritus Steve Herman, the annual drive from greater Olympia to the wilds of innermost Oregon is a practical matter.
Over the years, Herman and his ornithology students have netted, processed, banded, and released more than 24,000 birds.
“My favorite of them all is the Brewer’s sparrow,” Herman says. “It’s a small desert sparrow that’s very plain. Its only field mark is that it has no field marks. I’ve had more Brewer’s sparrows go through my hands than any other person in the world.”