Colton's Journey to Latvia

Current Location

Riga, Latvia

Welcome! My name is Colton, and I’m studying the behavior of mixed-species flocks of birds in Latvia. It’s exciting to share my research and cultural experiences with you while on my Fulbright grant!


This past week, I ventured off to Georgia! I swam in the Black Sea, climbed some mountains and marveled at historic architecture, all in 70 degree weather. Though tiny, Georgia seems to have it all! 


These past few months have flown by, but it is time to say goodbye to your class for now. I'll be in Latvia for a bit longer, so I'll keep you guys posted. Thank you for following along all this time!

Field Notes

In addition to the recognition of Christmas, Latvians also celebrate the winter solstice! With animal masks and fires galore, the pagan rituals of the Processions are surely a tradition to behold.


I don't know if I could've picked a more eventful 24 hours to blog! I hope to show what my daily life is like in Riga, in terms of research, community involvement and opportunities to travel!