Winding Down Field-Work

The start of this summer’s research has been so busy because we do the bulk of the data collection in the field before July. So, while I’ve been establishing methods for plant tissue preservation and practicing with them, we’ve also spent time at Blandy Experimental Farms and this upcoming weekend we are headed to Presequile National Wildlife Refuge, for our last weekend of field-work. The most exciting part of getting ready for field work for Presquile is that it is an island so we have to anticipate all of our needs for both lodging and data collection, so the pressure is really on! I’m also kind of hoping to have some spare time to do a little bird watching because I bet it is amazing in the early morning. The flowers on the milkweed at our Yorktown site are starting to bloom, and it is really drawing the butterflies out which is so fun to look at when it starts to get really hot in the middle of the day and it may be easy to get distracted, so fingers crossed they are also blooming at Presquile. I’ll be checking back in with photos from the next research trip and some lab updates in a week or two!

Making progress, kidogo kidogo.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that name of the NGO providing us with our phones, Kidogo Kidogo, is the Swahili term for “little by little.” Things are still moving along towards implementation of the baseline survey but not exactly setting any land speed records. Considering we have to coordinate the schedules of 3 NGOs and a university with a 7 hour time difference, our progress has actually been quite good, but we are a few days behind where we would have initially liked to be.

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