Cornell birds showed one is Colorado that was 11+ years old when recaptured. Kind of surprises me that they can live that long.
Almost didn't spot the song sparrow since it blended in with the background
TTradRrsmith - what kind o bird surveys?
I was involved on a survey on the last DDT spray in the US around Enterprise, OR. I live trapped shrews - not easy due to their metabolism. Had to check traps every three hours for 48 hours. (Traveling in cougar county in the dark, unarmed, is not fun. )...
One thing about hunting snipe is they don't fly very far. If you kick one up, just watch where it lands and approach that spot. As you near the spot, get ready.... They get up quick and fly erratically.
I wouldn't leave squat at the launch. It is not just people that fish the lake that visit the launch. It only takes a few minutes for me to load up and leave. Plus, that way I can leave all my stuff on the boat and have it back at camp. If course, you have to protect your stuff from raccoons...