First up this morning were the final two flights for the drone mapping.
And then other projects are moving along as well. Spiders are starting to get mapped and some wildlife cameras are being set up.
And a couple of our insect friends
A very nice day in northern Virginia and Fall is upon us.
The great spangled fritillary is a mid to late summer butterfly. They are large, feed in the open, and are quite showy.
I was only in a little corner of the western side of the marsh. Would like to see more of this place.
No rhyme or reason, just a few pics from the last two days.
And finally, for tonight...
This is the butterfly I couldn't get up yesterday.
Seems like only four of us have been feeling poorly, so not quite "most of us." And several chicken-eaters had no problems. So the source of the troubles remains a mystery. But boy do the troubles hurt.
Last night I finally got back up to speed enough to take a short night hike after spending the day mostly in bed. And some pics from that bit are worth the wait.
And, as a final test of my ID skills, I present what appears to be a terrestrial planarian. Which, I note, I have no clue about it other than it appears to be a planarian and is pretty cool.
At some point I have to stop posting things from the night hike, but we saw a lot of great critters. So here are the last two.
First order of business today is to note that I have competition!!! The students are blogging their trip, so to get all the goods on the trip you should also check out:
From what I've seen so far they are putting up a pretty fun bit.
From my end, I led an orientation walk of the whole property this morning, and only took one photo. The golden silk spider (Nephila clavipes) makes big webs, and apparently can capture big prey.
Afterwards, I went over and got a new machete for Connor. Greddy, the land manager for the Firestone Center was kind enough to put a sharp edge on it.
And then dinner and well, another hike up the hill to look for frogs and other things that can only be found at night in the tropical forest. I will note that it is something like 800 feet of elevation gain to get up to the ponds with the frogs and such, so it is not a trivial bit to get up there.
But on the way up we saw:
And then there is the stuff we saw at the top of the Firestone. Very fun evening on top of the hill.
I have a couple more interesting pics from the hike, but will have to put them up tomorrow as too darn late here to do more. Gotta sleep at least a little bit.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist