Thursday, April 23, 2009

Proud as a Peacock!

Lady and Gentleman Farmer are so pleased to announce that our youngest daughter S. has successfully passed her thesis defense and will receive her Master of Science in Conservation Biology at upcoming graduation ceremony on Mother's Day!

S. has been studying bats for the past few years and effects of habitat change on them. The summer of her field study, she and a "helper" (that would be a fellow student, her father (if available) or me!) We would drive 1 1/2 hours up to specified old growth Forest Service land and set up her "bat monitoring devices" and take notes and measurements of surrounding tree types within a 50 ft. circumference. These monitors ($1000.00 each!) would need to be packed in. Many of the areas were quite steep and had many downed trees to navigate. No matter the weather, these needed to be set out or taken down and information recorded. (This old gal got a real work out, I'm telling ya, trying to keep up with a 20 something year old!)
(Bat monitor seen below, in protective tote. These record bat sounds.)
Below is some of the lovely scenery seen on an average work day. This was the view from her "office."

We will be traveling across the states to New York to watch her graduate.
I can't think of a better Mother's Day Present!
Below is a picture of our adventurous Biologist on a little climb to the Base Camp at Mt. Rainier.

This girl has had an exciting life! She has worked in Alaska's Denali National Park (trapping voles ~the Grizzly bear's main food scorce), two summers in Montana's Glacier National Park (studying Grizzly Bears) and then to tamer critters ~ bats ~ here in her home state of Washington.
What's next for this daring damsel? What else ~ two weeks after graduation, she is off to Cameroon, Africa for a study for her Ph.D.!
(Pray for me, won't you? All you mothers out there will understand!)
"A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel....The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Psalm 1: 5 & 7


Marqueta said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

Congratulations to you daughter (And you, of course!) on such a cause for celebration. What beautiful scenery, and bats are such fascinating creatures. And grizzly bears, too!

May the Lord watch over her in Africa.



lady m's lavender cottage said...

Dear Lady Farmer:

Congratulations! What a wonderful Mother's Day gift. And also, congratulations to your daughter. It took perserverance and commitment to continue on a field that required to work with bats (yikes!)

The scenery is lovely! And! May the Lord continue to watch over you and your family, especially your daughter...what a joy to see her achieve something so wonderful :)

many blessings,

Lady M

LDH said...

I rejoice with you on this outstanding achievement your daughter has earned. You all have been on some great adventures.

Go Grizzly bears! I have a couple of voles in my flower beds and those ugly little varmints scare me every time I see one! Don't suppose your daughter makes house calls :)

What an exciting Mother's Day this will be. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

Linda C said...

Congratulations to your daughter AND to you and your husband on her upcoming honor!:)

Our 3rd son is working on his PhD in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh--so no heavy lifting for his dad and I thank goodness:)

What a wonderful trip to make for Mother's Day. And I will pray for you as she heads to Africa-yes we mothers know exactly what you mean:)

Linda C

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Congratulation to your dear daughter, my best to her in all of her new adventures, yes as a mother I know the feeling of when the little birdies are really wanting to spread their wings and fly far away. I will certainly be remembering you .
I couldn't help but smile when you were telling of your adventure, and thinking ...what things we do for these little ones of ours .Thank you for sharing.

Miss Jen said...

What a special Mother's Day
present!! I pray that the Lord
would bless and keep your dear daughter as she enters this season of her life!!!!

Love in Christ~ Miss Jen

Sharon said...

How wonderful! What a nice blessing and for Mother's Day no less :) Congratulations to you daughter. What a great accomplishment! It must have been exciting studying bats, mu husband loves them and hope to have a bat house some day :)

Lori said...

How exciting and yes how proud you must be!!!
Wow, be sure to tell her congratulations for me...that makes for a perfect mother's day. Prayers to you and your family.


Roo and Wren's Mama said...

How fun that you get to go for her graduation - I'm excited for you all!

Lavinia said...

Goodness, what a post. Wow. Your daughter has a gorgeous wholesome beauty, and what an accomplished adventurous young lady she is. Africa for her Ph.D, that is absolutely amazing. Congratulations on a job (motherhood! What a job!) very very well done. Wonderful post.