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Nighttime at Ninnescah

I had a good time seeing all of the different night techniques last night! I was a little disappointed that my wine ropes didn't attract more moths, but I guess that just means that I'll have to try it again. The picture I took of the Orb spider is not clear at all, but I thought the lighting made it look neat! It will definitely be my my facebook cover photo come Halloween :) And the pic of Dr. Jameson and Kendall eating beetles is just priceless!

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Doggies for Dinner or Chemistry?

I've recently moved to the west side of town, and in order to get to campus I travel down 21st street. Along my route around 21st and Mosley I pass Mitchell's Veterinary Supply, and also a couple of metal salvage/recycling places. Does anybody else take this route? If so, then maybe you have smelt the AWFUL stench that I smell! I mean, it is bad. It smells like they're boiling dead animals over there. Because I usually run with my very vivid imagination, I now have this horrendous little skit ingrained in my mind, and it plays through every time I pass by. I imagine that the vet supply store has a secret building with an evil doer whose sole job is to pick up homeless animals and turn them into dog food. They sell a lot of all natural dog food, and I can't help but wonder, "how natural is it"? Lol, gross, I know. As I'm sure that is not the case, I still want to know what the heck that smell is! So, for those of you chemistry buffs (Scott), is the smell coming from the break down process of metals at the salvage yards?

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Dragonfly Project

Until today, I had never seen a dragonfly so close up, let alone hold one or let it work its mandibles on my finger! It was actually pretty amazing. Watching them in their habitat, patrolling, aerial fighting, courting, was very interesting to see, and believe it or not, I actually got some decent shots today!

1. Libellula luctuosa, Widdow Skimmer, Male

2. Erythemis simplicicollis, Eastern Pondhawk, Female. From our discussion she is most likely at the end of her life span.

3. I can't see their wings to tell what they are...I know they were male and female, but don't remember what species. Does anybody else recall?

4. Perithemis tenera, Eastern Amberwing, Male.

5. Spider killer wasp. I tried to look up the scientific name, but could not find a picture of this exact species.

6 & 7. Homo sapien, Female, Em. She saved the baby bird!!! That was so awesome! Go girl!

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Pollination Project

I had a great time working on the pollination project! My pictures didn't turn out so great (I really need to invest in a good camera), so thank you so much to those of you who got some good pics!

Grasshopper
Praying Mantis
Jumping Spider
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Species pages

So because I had the whole "stake your claim" on the species pages wrong and I stole other peoples species (sorry Anna!!), can somebody please tell me how to undo them, or if I need to?

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Can't forget this guy

I forgot to add pics of the Ribbon snake that helped Emily face her fear of snakes today! Cool find!

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IBI Project

I wanted to give a special thanks to the Manhattan crew, Josh, Matt, Kevin and Katie, for accompanying us on such a great excursion! I never thought I would be so excited to share my knowledge of minnow identification with my friends! I can't wait to return to the river soon!

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Chytrid Swabbing

I had a great time on the Chytrid Project today and learned a lot, especially how to hold a teeny tiny itty bitty frog without squashing it! Go Stream Team!

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