WorkCabin environmental filmmaker Gregg McLachlan has returned from four days of living off the grid, in a rustic cabin, at the tip of Long Point, Ontario to do filming and vlogging work for the Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO). This work is part of a larger project for 2020. He spent a week following researchers in their day-to-day activities at this remote banding station at the tip of the 30-kilometre sandspit in the middle of Lake Erie.
He packed his video gear in multiple sealed totes for the one-hour boat trip to the tip. Fortunately, there was a small window of good lake conditions and completed the trip without getting soaked by waves. This project was one of the most exciting and adventurous of 10 years in business with WorkCabin Creative.
LPBO operates research, training, and education programs focused on ornithology, conservation, and other aspects of natural history at Long Point.
LPBO is the oldest bird observatory in the Western Hemisphere and the founding program of Bird Studies Canada. It was established in 1960 by the Ontario Bird Banding Association.
Long Point is a major stopping point for birds during migrations, attracting large numbers and concentrations. The LPBO’s team at the tip counts and monitors many species as they migrate north in spring and south in fall. Counting birds on migration is particularly valuable for monitoring populations of species that breed in northern Canada, in areas that are inaccessible to more conventional monitoring methods such as the Breeding Bird Survey.
One of the challenges of this trip was vlogging and getting content posted with limited to no internet much of the time. Gregg swerved in his approach to vlogging and filmed several with his smartphone and edited them on his smartphone. When an Internet connection became available depending on which way the wind was blowing and whether it was a US or Canadian roaming signal, he was able to quickly upload small file sizes to social media while living out there at the tip.