Much Belated Post

Sorry to all for this much belated post. This should give you some updates about my research, for which I am looking into the gestural communications of saki monkeys at the National Zoo in Washington. There were some questions on an earlier posts that I’ll start by answering, and then move on to where my research is at this point.

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Ground Truthing and Staying Cool

It has been HOT in the past few days and our Riparian buffer crew has been out in the field for some of them.  On Thursday and Friday we “ground truthed” the existence of channels as predicted by my partner’s GIS, geographic information systems, work.  This essentially entailed walking around a farm field and seeing if channels on the map she created matched up with real channels on the field.  We distinguished channels into four main categories.  Type 1 channels had evident flow patterns, with leaves swept away in the flow paths.  On the other end of the spectrum, type 4 channels were heavily incised, meaning that they had eroded significantly into their flow path.

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