The scale is difficult to tell here but that picture is of a road about 7 feet wide and mud about 16 inches deep. Those trenches are my tire tracks, perpendicular to the road. This is where my truck formerly was. Mired in mud. Elcanna and I set off to sample some grasshoppers today in … More Mired in Mud
So I went back out the field today and the leopard was nowhere to be found. For the better I suppose, because I finished this round of field work but still, I was a little disappointed approaching the tree with my camera at the ready. We did have to chase of a hyena that was … More Diversions while staking out the leopard
So I’ve finished my first round of lizard surveys! Yay! Ended up with 1031 trees surveyed and over 600 individual lizards. It feels so good to be done (with this round, there’ll likely be two more…) I went out yesterday evening to get one more look at the first transect that I surveyed because I … More Stymied by a Leopard
Here are a few pictures of animal encounters in the field!
So, recently my days have consisted of poking trees with a broomstick in search of lizards. In case that sounds glamorous let me dissuade you, it’s actually been a ton of work and for the most part the lizards are little flashes of four legs and a tail. Chasing them down to sex them just … More The Field
In the tradition of my ecology forebears, especially Wallace, every once in a while I get a chance to collect and pin cool insects. I am thinking of extending my research project to also look at primary consumers (things that eat plants), and especially, grasshoppers along with a few other grass-dwelling predators, such as this … More Insect Pinning
Hello everyone, Sorry it’s been so long. Last I wrote I was still learning to drive the car. After all this time you must have thought I’d driven it into an elephant or some such. Well, it’s been nothing quite so catastrophic, I’ve simply been working day in, day out every day of the week … More What have I been up to?
Today was a long day out in the field. I completed three transects in the morning and early afternoon, working until 4:00 when I ran out of wire for the tree tags. (don’t worry I’ve found some more and will be back at it tomorrow). But because the day ended a little earlier than I … More Sweet Sixteen
So I’ve now spent three days out in the field collecting data for my masters thesis. The field work is exhausting. The sun is scorching hot and the work is pretty repetitive but it feels good to be out and about working and actually making progress. I’m sorry I haven’t written a nice, concise description … More Science in progress
Just to prove that all’s well here’s a new picture. It’s about 1 month into my plan to neither shave nor cut my hair (ie embrace my inner neanderthal) and I can say with new authority a beard is definitely not for me. The plan from the beginning was to see how ridiculously long my … More Beard Chronicles – Chapter 1.