One of my favorite parts of conducting northern spotted owl surveys is having a chance to watch so many spectacular sunsets. Sometimes, when I’m working up in the mountains, I get to watch the sun set more than once in the same night! Those nights are a rare treat. My record so far is watching the sun drop below the horizon 3 times in one night, in a particularly rugged area. Not sure the hike was worth it!


When working in such a breathtaking place like the Cascade Mountains, waiting for sunset to start my survey is often a moment of tranquility and reflection. It’s important to recognize these opportunities and take time to enjoy the moment.

~ Sarah McCord

Waiting for sunset to start nocturnal surveys is one of my favorite breaks.
Sunset and Trees
Vibrant sunset from the forest in the Cascades.