Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We are getting a lot of work done here at the Pearl River. We are all settling into the routine and helping to accomplish the goals of the expedition. The video above show me collecting my favorite caterpillar - a papilionidae! (The green one from yesterday's post.)
Learning to do a vegetative assessment of a 10 meter diameter plot was the focus of today's activities. Believe it or not we have to count every plant, and every leaf on each plant. Science isn't always fun and exciting. It took us until 7 pm. Kayaking through the swamp was beautiful and peaceful. I never thought a swamp could be so interesting. We saw our first snake today, but no alligators so far.
I had a chance to take some photos of caterpillars in the lab today. Bonus points if you can identify them. See Dr. Lee Dyer's Caterpillar site for help: