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Dr. Sharon Coe Dr. Sharon Coe

I have had wonderful experiences doing science outdoors. One of my favorite experiences was studying a bird. I studied mountain chickadees in a forest in the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in California and Nevada. I was collecting data for my Ph.D. degree. People earning a Ph.D. degree become highly specialized in one research topic. I spent many weeks each summer observing the nesting behavior of mountain chickadees. I was able to see eggs and nestlings closeup. I enjoyed learning my way around the woods and knowing where the birds were nesting. My study sites were on lands managed by the Forest Service. After a while, the area became so familiar to me that it felt like it was my backyard. It was a big adventure!