Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vegetative Assessments (AKA Leaf Counts)

I am learning so much about research methods here. Yes, we're studying caterpillars, but it's important to know what they eat. So we learned how to measure the amount of plant material in a study plot (10 meter diameter section of forest.) Below is a video of our team leader Rebecca Hazen getting us started on the process:


video  

Next I found this strange little caterpillar and I knew a photo would not do, so I shot a bit of video of it:

video

4 Comments:

At April 22, 2009 at 9:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's so cool! It doesn't even look like a caterpillar! Hope you're having fun!!
~ Katie Lauridsen

 
At April 22, 2009 at 10:38 PM , Blogger Ms. Carreau said...

I am having fun Katie. We had a little excitement today - when we kayaked over to the other side of the river to collect caterpillars, a big boat went by and its wake dislodged our kayaks. They floated downstream quite a ways before some nice people grabbed them and brought them back to us.

 
At April 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That is exciting...luckily the people helped you!

 
At April 24, 2009 at 7:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you spot them when they just look like a pile of sticks? So coool.
Mrs. Hills

 

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