There’s lots going on here in the field. We’ve just wrapped up collecting on Eleuthera and Long Island. I’m back on New Providence swapping out crew. Rob left after Eleuthera. He swapped spots with Geoff. We just lost Jon – a champion lizard catcher on Eleuthera and Long. Raphaël is still here and we’re being joined by Angus and Pavitra tomorrow. The rapidly switching roster is actually the least of the logistics worries but today, with twenty-dozen lizards safely ensconced in a cooler on their way back to Boston, I’m finally taking a few deep breaths.
Here are just a few pictures from the field. I’ll bolster them with a prosier post as soon as I can.
Here’s our quarry, Anolis sagrei, the “festive” anole.
And here’s one with dewlap unfurled.
This was Rob’s first time catching Anoles. Here’s his face after his first successful lasso.
Three days later he was catching like a pro while reposed under thorn bushes.
We’re catching a lot of lizards for this study – 120 per island. Here are a few in a lizard bag waiting for sorting.
While we’re catching lizards we’re also gathering data on their behavior and ecology – where they’re piercing and how warm that perch is for example. Here are Raph and Rob typing in some of the data. We’ve got well over 600 observations so far.
We’ve been doing a bit of driving between sites. Not a problem though with scenery like this. Note, the steering wheel is on the American side but the roads are all reversed (Thanks Great Britain). This causes some consternation trying to get used to the unfamiliar lane position with a familiar vehicle layout. Oddly, 2 of the 3 cars I’ve driven this trip have been reversed in this way. This however was the only car with a helpful red arrow to remind me where to be on the road. Luckily for these dirt paths it’s one car at a time no matter the side.
We’ve met a few other friends in the field. Here’s Geoff with a racer snake we found in the forest.
And here’s Anolis angusticeps, the coolest, most secretive anole we’ve seen this trip.
Here’s the final stage – a giant cooler in the back seat of a small sedan to the airport. Just peeking over the cooler in the back there is Jon, the ringer for lizard catching.
Bimini is our next stop for tomorrow! One more push on fieldwork, another ten dozen lizards, and then it’s back to Boston.