September 10, 2019

Day 2 - Monday, September 9, 2019

By Károly Pásztor, Hungary

On our second day of our expedition, we are lucky we could complete our planned tasks on time, in a good mood, and with a good team on a sunny day.

We started our long day as usual: eating breakfast at 6:45 a.m. followed by three hours of hiking in wonderful surroundings while the sun was rising.

While we were trying to find the field site for today, we had a meeting with ‘Godzilla’ who preferred to be left alone during his sunbath. However, our field team leader introduced him to us before we let him go back to his favorite burrow. (‘Godzilla’ turned out to be a wall lizard!)

As soon as we arrived at the study site, we checked the installed camera traps, changed the batteries, and collected any data that could give us information about what kind of animals passed by in the area since the last visit.

The team split into two groups, one group checked the cameras while the other group used the latest technology to collect data on tree growth and how trees react to weather changes.

As soon as we collected the tree data, we inspected and cleared the nest boxes for the next season. Jana taught us about birds and explained to us why the birds don’t use the nest box twice.

My favorite task was collecting insects that live in the tree bark and branches using special tools and techniques.

I can't wait to see what we get into tomorrow. I do not mind if we have to work in the rain because I believe that this research will help us to understand the effects of global climate change, as well as provide proof to climate skeptics, if we still have any.


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