The internship is already halfway over and that
seems crazy. Time is flying by, and I cannot believe that we only have four weeks left. This past week was the busiest thus far but also one of the most fun. Last weekend we started off Saturday morning by participating in a color run 5K. Mia and I started off with the rest of the runners in our group by very quickly fell behind. We still finished in a time around 40 minutes, so I was proud of us. Next, we volunteered at Taste of Tippecanoe. We walked around and helped anyone who needed it in setting up their booths. Since we volunteered, we got free entrance into the event and 15 free tickets. It was supposed to rain all day, so we weren’t sure how long we were going to spend at the Taste. However, by some miracle, the day complete cleared up and we ended up staying for 5 hours. We ate lots of food, danced, and ended the night by watching fireworks.
Data collection for our research projects started on Monday. High schoolers also joined us this week, so we got our first shot at mentoring. Reece and I started by setting fyke nets in a pond in Martell, taking water quality samples, and collecting macroinvertebrates. Tuesday the high schoolers joined us, and we went back to the pond to pull the nets. To everyone’s surprise, we ended up getting a total of three snapping turtles in our nets. I think the high schoolers had a lot of fun watching us struggle to get them out. We also ended up getting about 500 fish total that day which was insane. At the end of the day, Reece and I went to Purdue Wildlife Area to set the fyke nets there. Wednesday Reece and I collected the fyke nets from PWA, took water quality samples, and collected macroinvertebrates. We did not get nearly as many fish (only a total of 5) but we weren’t expecting to catch any, so it was a nice surprise. We also caught ANOTHER snapping turtle and three of the biggest crayfish I have ever seen in my life. At the end of the day, we had dinner with the student and their parents. The students gave a presentation to tell what the learned and I was happy to hear how much fun they had out with my group. Friday, Reece and I were finished with all our data collection and recording was done so we went out to help the mammal group. We helped them do vegetation surveys. I haven’t had the opportunity to do this before, so it was interesting learning a different kind of field technique. It was also Mia’s 21st birthday so we had cake and it was a fun way to end the week. Next week we start our stream sampling, so I am looking forward to backpack electroshocking again.
Here is a haiku for you:
Stream of fish I see.
They all bring me so much glee.
Happy I will be.