First things first. Field work requires staff. Working as a North Atlantic right whale (NARW) aerial observer for CMARI is a seasonal position. Previous staff are often the first to hear from me regarding their interest level in returning for another year.
Before the start of our current survey season, I met (virtually) with CMA and CMARI staff to discuss the possibility of writing a blog about our aerial surveys, a blog that would hopefully give people more information about North Atlantic right whales and some behind-the-scenes looks at the work done by our aerial observers.