Since we caught so many lizards yesterday (135! Wow!) we had a huge backlog of lizard measuring, weighing and marking to do. To get everything done we split up the team. Dan stayed back at the field station to do the measuring, while Andrew, Tim and I paddled out to Islands M and K. We worked for 6 hours total, but only caught 47 lizards today. Many of the lizards we spotted today were already marked. That is a good sign because it means we are already getting close to having all of the animals captured, marked and measured on a couple of our islands. We also had a great Skype conversation with Erin Nash's Zoology class. The Benton High School students had great questions for us and the whole thing was a lot of fun.
|Oyster beds are sharp - ouch!|
Throughout all of the work that we do with the lizards, one of the greatest perks of our job is working in such a beautiful setting with so many cool animals all around us. The insect communities on the islands are amazing and would be worthy of an entire research project on their own. Here are some of my favorites:
|Bold jumping spider|
|Regal jumping spider|
|American grass mantis|
|Spiny-backed orbweaver spider|