Learning all about Field Research
Today we got a tour of the whole campus--the old growth forests, the new growth forests, the education center, and the labs. We learned about safety in the field (hunting season means we all get pretty orange vests!) and about how to take measurements of trees.
We then practiced measuring the DBH of trees, or the Diameter at Breast Height. You might wonder why we are measuring the circumference and not the distance across, but it is because they have special measuring tapes that have already converted circumference into diameter.
We then entered our data into a database. You can see from this chart that volunteers before us have done a lot of work, but there is still a lot to be done!
Lastly, we toured the education center where students come on field trips. I got to hold this Blue Crab, which was not as gross as I thought it would be!
At night we had a class on Climate Change that went until 9:30 p.m.! At least I got a short mountain bike ride in before my 12 hour day!
Your task: Comment on which of the things I did today YOU would like to do the most: biking, learning about safety rules, hiking through the woods, measuring trees, holding a crab, or sitting in class.