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Chytrid update

 

Picture 1 (Top): River Samples 1-4

Picture 2: River Samples 5,6,7,8,10,11

Picture 3: Pond Samples 1-5

Picture 4: Pond Samples 6-10

Picture 5 (Bottom): River Samples 12,13,14,15,16,19

 

 

Well...there is good news and there is bad news with regards to the chytrid. Unfortunately, the good and the bad news is one and the same. Both sites (the river and the pond) were without a doubt positive for chytrid fungus. It's great news when you consider the research value that this has, especially in terms of my thesis, but horrible news for the amphibian populations that live in the area.  Of the 20 samples taken at the river, a total of 12 tested positive for chytrid (that's 60% of the samples taken). In the pond, out of the 10 total samples taken, 7 tested positive for chytrid (a whopping 70%!). Tammey and Chris will give you all of the information with regards to the quantitative data during their presentation, but I wanted to make sure to let everyone know that we definitely have chytrid in Kansas!!

 

Tim

River Samples 1-4
River Samples 5,6,7,8,10,11
Pond Samples 1-5
Pond Samples 6-10
River Samples 12,13,14,15,16,19
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Chytrid Lab 2013 - Group 2 Images Part 2

Here are the rest of the group 2 images for the chytrid lab! Let me know if any of you need larger images!!!

Tim

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Chytrid Lab 2013 - Group 2 Images

This is the first set of images for the sampling group 2 did for the chytrid lab. For those looking for species page ideas, the crayfish and some of the frogs/toads have not been done yet. If you can identify it, you are welcome to use the images I took, as long as you give me the photography credit on your species page. Let me know if you would like a larger image and I will email it to you.

 

-Tim

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Frog Frenzy!!!

Hey guys,

 

I am currently plowing through the images we took of the river and the frog species we found there. There are more images than I originally thought, so I will be working through them and will get them up ASAP (hopefully first thing tomorrow morning)! I will also be working on the PCR for our sampling all of next week and hopefully I can get some results before the class on Thursday of next week! Thanks again for letting me tag along on the trip! This has only strengthened my resolve to get something going with chytrid for my thesis...I hope to see everyone during the nocturnal and forensic labs!!

 

Tim

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Projects Wow!

I just wanted to say that I had a really good time watching everyone give their projects in class today! This has easily been one of the best classroom experiences I have ever had as a whole and if WSU was smart, they would start offering this class more than just over the summer semester! I also think Mary Liz had a valid point about everyone trying to connect more with one another and not just using social media as the stop gap for communicating. I respect each and every one of you immensely and you are all more than welcome to call or text me if you want to go have lunch, get a drink sometime or hang out with Gabe and I! 

Tim

Cell:316-461-7634

Email: tceberl@wichita.edu

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Nocturnal Hijinks...guest starring Gabe!!

I got to go with Wichita State University's Forensic Ecology class to try different ways to lure insects to be captured. My dad was trying sugaring for moths. He made two different mixtures to use: one with pure cane sugar, stale beer and a rotten banana while other one had molasses sugar. Other people did pitfalls, blacklights, and even wine. We all set up our stuff in a little forest pretty far away from WSU. When me and my did put some of the molasses on a tree, we attracted some wasps. My dad wanted some underwing moths for his collection. Someone caught him a Sphinx moth. After we were all set up, we headed down to a river near the forest. We all saw a ton of deer tracks in the sand. I saw some racoon tracks. I also saw a fish skeleton. My dad caught three beetles near the river. When we headed back to our traps, we walked around to each one so we could see if they caught anything. We saw a ton of orb spiders. The pitfalls caught a dung beetle and some ants. Some people brought grasshoppers to throw into orb spider webs. When we went owling, I got to see an armadillo. I pointed it out to the group. Someone nice found me a Great Horned Owl feather. We saw some cicadas that had the golden McDonalds arches on it's back. Our traps did'nt catch much but we saw some dragonflies and damselflies and my dad even got a robberfly.  We had lots of fun and it made me want to be an entomologist when I grow up!

Gabe

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Proud pupa poppa!

Hi all! Some of you might remember the caterpillar I captured back during the dragonfly lab last Tuesday. I was stumped as to what the beautiful little guy was, but I finally figured out that it was a Henry's Marsh Moth (Simyra insularis) , a gorgeous Noctuidae (we were wrong about it being an Arctiidae Mary Liz!) who morphs into an owl moth! I brought him home, put him into a safe place and kept him fed on sand willow I collected. Late last week he finally pupated, making a very furry white pupal case and started his metamorphosis. The interesting thing is that you can see things happening when you hold the case up to the light (its currently in a clean, clear plastic bottle) and my son and I are having a ball watching this little guy morph. I haven't gotten any good pics of his case yet, but I will keep everyone updated how its doing. I am a really happy amateur entomologist...this is my first successful caterpillar/cocoon rearing! Now my only issue is to let him go when he hatches out, or add him to my collection!

 

Tim

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My species pages

Hi everyone! I finished my species pages rough drafts and would love to hear any feedback on any issues I may have over looked. My species are the: Musk Thistle, Plains Coreopsis, Eastern Juniper and Western Ribbon Snake. Give 'em a look and tell me what you think!!

 

Tim

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Way to go Amateur Forensic Entomologists!

Great job to...not only my wonderful team...but to everyone that did such a fantastic job out at Skeleton Acres today!!! We all survived the horrible heat and no one had any problems having a good time with this fun lab! Thank you everyone for making this go so smoothly!

 

Tim

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Attention Field Ecologists!

Hi all! Hope you're all managing to stay cool in this horrid heat. I am blogging to ask everyone to make sure and read the protocols for the Forensic Lab out at Skelton Acres that Anna and I are leading tomorrow. I also ask that if you can, make sure to print out your data sheets and the insects ID's that are available on the website here under the "Education Tab" and under the category of "Field Ecology". This is lab 6 (Forensic Entomology) and all the papers, data sheets and ID's are listed under that heading. Tomorrow will top out at darned near 105, so make SURE you bring plenty of water and dress appropriately. The insects we catch should be easy to photograph so bring a camera that can stand the heat! Lastly, since it is discussed in the protocol, it will probably be a good idea for anyone who isn't familiar with the Shannon-Weiner Diversity index to familiarize yourselves once again (for those who have had General Ecology or Conservation Biology, this should be review)! Let me know if you have questions about the protocols!

 

Tim

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