Biologists Kent McFarland and Sarah Zahendra head out to West Haven, Vermont at dusk to brave a cloud of mosquitos in search of the song of the threatened whip-poor-will. They are on the edge of the Helen W. Buckner Preserve in West Haven.
“We’re in the middle of nowhere and light is falling,” says McFarland. “It’s going to be dark pretty soon, there’s quite a few mosquitoes around my head. Where exactly are we?”
“We are in my favorite place in Vermont and we are about to listen for my favorite Vermont bird, and you know what that is? The Whip-poor-will,” answers Zahendra.
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Sara Zahendra and Mark LaBarr checking Common Tern nests. / © K.P. McFarland