May the waters of the slough drop low enough to let the airboat pass under the pedestrian bridge.
May the King tide then raise the water so high that the endangered Ridgway Rails and Soras appear.
So often they hide in the pickleweed when waters are lower – may they now show up for count so that grants can be written to protect them.
May the biologists never lose their balance as they climb off the boat to stand in waders while they do their work.
May they not drop their clipboards in the water.
May everyone remember to wear the gear that protects their hearing, that looks like oversized headphones, worn always when the airboat fans are running.
May the team understand the instructions shared by waving at each other across the din of the giant fans.
And may my images taken with a 400mm telephoto lens turn out to be clear and sharp, never blurry, as I have only one chance to get it right.
(Scroll down to see all images of the survey.)