What an amazing summer! My research with reptiles and amphibians at Selu Conservancy has been one of the best experiences of my life. I most certainly have a deeper appreciation for the wildlife that surrounds us. I always used to think that in order to see interesting animals that I would need to go to the zoo. I was completely wrong. There are exquisite creatures well within reach. My goodness, are they ever wonderful!
Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
So I guess you could say that my favorite part of research is the animals I get to work with. The reptiles and amphibians are just one piece (ok, a large one) of what has been involved in my research. This summer was more than just coo-ing over adorable toads, frogs, salamanders, and snakes. I also learned a great deal of very useful skills, got to meet a lot of interesting new people, and met some challenges.
Yes, that's right. Challenges. As in all things in life, my plans for this summer didn't always turn out the way I wanted them to. I have a few funny stories (soon to come) and some insights I am forever grateful to have.
I definitely discovered that blogging in the middle of a summer of fieldwork and Organic Chemistry (that's right, O-chem over the summer!) is not easy. As you can tell, I fell behind on my blog posts.
That being said, I now have the opportunity to share my experiences after taking the time to reflect on them.
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)