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)
(photo credit BSBO)

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)
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…

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…