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#FieldworkFriday: Field Research Preparations – Bricks and traps

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Bricks and traps.  For those more verse with Urban Dictionary, you’d think I was dealing in contraband, but nope. I was doing the necessary work to expand my field sites this year.

Painting the grid marker bricks for my expanded field sites

Instead of flags, I use these large bricks with painted numbers and letters to designate the coordinates of the trap station.

I paint numbers and letters on each brick to designate the trapping station for each trap.


It’s a lot of bricks, but bricks last much longer than puny flags and they stay put better.

The grid marker bricks were still in place from last year, even after the area had grown over and mowed over.

I have a lot of bricks to paint.
Assembling the live traps.
Assembling these traps can get a little sticky!
But it is fun!

Thanks to my friend C. Wandolo for taking these pictures of me as I worked so  diligently. LOL

DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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