Day 5: Recording, Cleaning and Packing!
The sky is gray, so instead of doing field work, we decided to finish up analyzing and recording our data from yesterday. We also had to take care of our "caterpillar zoo" by cleaning their bags and feeding them. For the rest of the afternoon, we need to clean the bunkhouse and pack since we will be heading back to New Orleans tomorrow morning. It will take awhile to pack since this time we will have close to one thousand caterpillars to take back with us! It should be an interesting ride home. Hopefully, they will not get loose!
1.) Last night, the director of this research project- Dr. Lee Dyer joined us for dinner to further explain his research. He has researchers in Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona but also in Canada, Ecuador and Costa Rica. He continuously stated that it is important to observe the interactions of species, and not just focus on one species in relation to climate change. For example, we shouldn't just focus on caterpillars, but how they interact with parasitoids and plants. The more we study these interactions the more we can learn how climate change is effecting our environment. Can you make a list of other interactions or food webs that scientists could study to learn more about our environment?
2.) Before I leave, do you have any questions for Scientist Rebecca or Scientist Mark? Send me any questions and I will post their answers.