September 17, 2018
Day 3, Monday, Sept 17, 2018
By Patrick Dight
It was a long hike in, but worth every step. We separated into small groups at the summit of our climb; our group spent most of the day surveying the trees and logs within a 20-meter radius of insect traps that had been placed earlier in the season. The data we helped collect will allow Jamie, one of the Earthwatch researchers, to correlate habitat with other details gained from examination of the trapped insects themselves. Before this work, there had been no guide or survey of these insects at all, and in just two years, Jamie believes he has already found multiple new species! It was a long day, but very rewarding. I can't wait to see what we get into tomorrow.
Photo #1 The team has finished field work and is ready to hike back down the mountain. Earthwacth facilitator Caroline Dunn, Lead Scientist Bernat Claramunt, and Alcoa colleagues Claude Thivierge, Donna Herum, and Erika Bransky.
Photo #2 The team descending the mountain.