Dragon Run Sampling

This week Molly and I sampled Dragon Run state park. The only problem besides the usual ticks, mosquitoes, and walking into spider webs, was the presence of greenbrier, which is a vine-like plant that is covered in thorns. The plant’s abundance made it difficult to reach and sample each random point. For example, when sampling for ticks, the flag would continuously get stuck. In addition, when sampling for stiltgrass, I had to literally walk through it as I had to follow my compass. Often times, I’d be tangled in greenbrier while being attacked by mosquitoes, a great dilemma. Nonetheless, neither stiltgrass or ticks were abundant at the sites we sampled.