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Taking off for Little Tybee

On a foggy, January morning, Kevin, Mike and I took off from the south side of Tybee Island to camp a night on Little Tybee, an uninhabited barrier island and nature preserve.

I’ve not been able to identify what entity manages the preserve, but it seems that camping is allowed, which suggests that it’s not a national refuge like the nearby Wassaw Island or under an easement and privately owned like Ossabaw Island.

Friends-giving 2013

In 2013, Sean and Morgan offered to host a Friends-Giving dinner at their home in Savannah. The following year, I travelled to Merida, Mexico where two other friends, Ryan and Camilla, invited friends to enjoy a week in their new home and a lobster-based Thanksgiving dinner. Today, we’re enjoying  another gracious dinner in Buena Vista, Colorado, hosted by Libby and Casey.

I wish to share some photographs from the 2013 friends-giving event, and I’m thankful that I’ve met and can share company with these friends, who now live throughout the US (and Mexico…). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

AT section hike

When Hurricane Matthew was forecasted to hit Savannah in October 2016, Mike and I made plans to hit up a section hike of the Appalachian Trail—my first. We headed out just before the mandatory evacuation and spent two nights hiking from Springer Mountain, which is the southern terminal of the trail, to Woody Gap.

All together, it was about a 21 mile hike with wonderful weather, two exhausted dogs, and some surprisingly delicious ramen.

at-hike

Marking crabs

June, one of the NAPIRE students, measures and marks crabs (Allacanthos pitteiri) she’s caught with baited minnow traps.  Her project has a lab focus too: she is investigating size and sex differences in coarse particulate organic matter (leaf) shredding behavior by presenting male and female crabs that vary in size with stream conditioned leaves and measuring how much they consume, or shred. This parallels a project another student performed in 2013, Joseph Jack, although Joseph varied leaf species and conditioning time.

Last year, Jerry studied predation risk in crabs and measured crab densities in stream pools. While he marked the crabs with nail polish as a mark-recapture method, the small labels June used have individual numbers (her mentor, Anne Brasher, brought them and has used them extensively with snails), which is a powerful tool.

An interesting observation: some of the crabs seemed to have rust-colored lesions on their carapace that look similar to lesions we often found on crayfish (Orconectes obscurus) caused by a chitin-eating bacteria, isolated (or at least studied) by Adam Leff’s lab at Kent State.

Releasing stream anoles

Two of the mentors for NAPIRE have students working on projects centered around the stream anole, Norops aquaticusAfter their capture, the males are often brought back to the field station to mark and perform various behavioral assays with them. They are released, unharmed but often exhausted, at the same site they are capture a couple of days later.