About Justine

Justine is currently a PhD student at SUNY ESF, studying wetland plant communities in central New York. In her previous life, she was a high school biology teacher and more recently, a research technician at Penn State. When she's not coming up with excuses to avoid early morning or cold weather birding, she enjoys reading, watching baseball, adventurous cooking, and being outside.

Posts by Justine:

American Woodcock on her nest.

Bird Surprises

Before moving to Syracuse and becoming a plant ecology graduate student, my field work was bird-based. I was a point-counter, transect-walker, and wife of the bird-obsessed. In fact, last summer’s…

Eastern Phoebe nest (photo from Wikipedia)

Review: Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians

As I sit at my desk on a very rainy Syracuse morning, I’m beginning to feel excited – and impatient – about spring migration. It has started right? I don’t…

(photo credit BSBO)

How we missed the Kirtland’s Warbler

[dc]W[/dc]hen we registered for The Biggest Week, Drew and I excitedly looked through the workshop and field trip offerings to pick something special to add to our week of birding….

Review: Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History

[dc]T[/dc]here is no doubt about it. Spring is upon us in all of its glorious proliferation. Trees are leafing-out, yards are being mowed, and spring migrants are winging their way…

Prothonotary Warbler - Magee Marsh, Ohio (Photo by Anna Fasoli)

Nemesis Bird + The Biggest Week

[dc]A[/dc] few of us from the Nemesis Bird team are excited to be heading to The Biggest Week in American Birding in NW Ohio for some spring migration excitement. Anna,…

Red Squirrel at the Duck Pond - I currently have seen Eastern Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, Red Squirrel, and Southern Flying Squirrel so far this year. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Review: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals

Alright birders, let’s take a break from spring migration (if that’s even possible) and challenge your other-nature knowledge. Do you know the defining features of a mammal? Sure, the average…

American Tree Sparrow

First SCCCMA Surveys Complete

Our first surveys of PSU’s new Rockview property took place this past Sunday (12/4), and went very well. We had an excellent turnout of volunteers (thanks again to all who…


Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area: An Introduction

Most avid birders have a repertoire of favorite birding spots: hotspots where they are likely to find a high diversity of species, or seasonally unique species, or even just an…

Mammals of NA cover

Review: Mammals of North America, second edition

It should be immediately stated that I am most definitely not the bird enthusiast in the Weber household. Indeed, while Drew can easily get up at 4am to find some…