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June 11th – Our first day in the field, counting Mahoe trees


Mahoe_Leaf Mahoe_trunkWe woke up early this morning to have breakfast while listening to Norman give us our Earthwatch safety briefing. Twenty-two years ago close to 3500 Mahoe trees were planted. Our adventure today was to count the Mahoe trees on various plots. 3t, the lead scientist, taught us how to recognize the trees we were supposed to flag and count and quizzed us continuously until we got to the plots. It was really difficult to know the difference at first, but I think we all got the hang of it pretty quickly. We counted a mass total of 525 trees. What I found really interesting was  Goatthat most people take their dog for a walk but we had a goat. A funny little fellow named after an original Puerto Rican God named Yuyuki.



Today's blogger: Helgi Laxdal


Hi, Helgi.
We're all watching you, your colleagues in Iceland. We look forward to your presentation when you come back. That's a lot to learn ... You'll return a fully-fledged scientist - to teach us about the environment.
Regards, Anna Heiða

Anna Heida Palsdottir | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 12:30PM

Þetta er bara flott hjá þér!
Ganga þér vel!
BK, Janne

Janne Sigurdsson | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 1:21PM

Sæll Helgi. Gaman að frétta af ykkur. Við hér á HDC vélinni biðjum að heilsa. Kv. Gunnar Geir, Síggi Valli og Meistari Jóhannes.

Gunnar Geir Kristjánsson | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 11:07PM

Sæll Helgi.
Mér finnst það æði að lesa pósturinn þinn og vita hvað þið gerið,það er mjög spennanði! Hlakka þig til að sjá þig aftur og læra meira ;-)

Jenny | Posted Fri 02 Jul 2010 7:55AM

I know you're already back but hope you had fun. Can't wait to hear all about it! When's the presentation?

Kv freyja

Freyja | Posted Sat 03 Jul 2010 9:29AM